Jasmine Warga’s debut novel gets a new cover and we have the first look! Before a book gets published, it often goes through many rounds of cover designs and sometimes the covers get changed just months before a book goes on sale. As is the case with My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga’s stunning debut novel that will you’ll want to read with tissues nearby.
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.
Here’s the original cover:
Now it’s time for the new cover!
Q&A with Jasmine Warga
1. Not many people realize how many jackets a novel might have before the final cover is chosen. This isn’t the first cover for My Heart and Other Black Holes but it’s gorgeous. What about this jacket do you love?
I know! Before I started this journey, I had no idea how many different cover concepts a book can go through, and I’ve been lucky enough to see several fabulous and different ones. But I absolutely love this jacket—the texture due to the stitching, the typeface, and color scheme. I think it really captures the quirky and moody tone of the book.
2. This is your first novel—so exciting! What has been the best moment so far from your publishing debut?
Oh, wow. There have been so many wonderful moments–ranging from getting to work with my brilliant editor, Alessandra Balzer, to improve the manuscript, meeting other wonderful writers (especially my fellow 2015 debuts!), and holding ARCs for the first time and seeing the dedication. But my absolute favorite part so far has been my visit to my current neighborhood’s high school—I was very inspired by the smart and thoughtful teens. (Later this month, I’m actually scheduled to visit my own high school and I think that will be very surreal.)
3. One of the main characters, Aysel, is described as a physics nerd. We know you were a science teacher so we have to ask—were you a physics nerd too? Do you see yourself in any of the characters?
I definitely wasn’t! I was a poetry and debate nerd, but had no natural aptitude for science (much to the dismay of my father who is still crossing his fingers that I end up a doctor). In a weird twist of a fate, I found myself teaching science after I graduated from college, and I absolutely loved my students and so I think that experience definitely influenced me and is the reason I gave Aysel a penchant for science. Also, I tend to like to make my characters have very different interests than me because it forces me out of my comfort zone and pushes me to get to know them in a way that’s different than just making them a mirror of myself. That said, there are certainly pieces of myself in Aysel, as well as in all the other characters.
4. If you had to describe My Heart and Other Black Holes in 3 words, what would they be?
Quirky. Heartrending. Kinetic.
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