Thursday, June 19, 2014

We Heart YA has never done a reveal before, but when I saw this cover, I immediately wanted to be the one to share it with the world. More than that, I wanted to introduce my friend Jasmine Warga, who was like an instant soulmate for me. She and I have had so many heartfelt & thought-provoking conversations -- about everything from pets to relationships, and from diversity in publishing, to writing your own truths.

Every time we hang out, I leave feeling refreshed and inspired. I am quite certain that anyone who spends time with Jasmine -- by reading her book -- will feel the same way.


Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who seems scared of her, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father who has made her the town pariah, Aysel’s 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 the website Smooth Passages and its section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution. Better yet, a boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman), who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.

But as their suicide pact starts to become more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, Aysel must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

This is a gorgeously written and compulsively readable debut novel about the transformative power of love and acceptance.


Jasmine Warga lives in a small town that is a few miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. She finds it exceedingly difficult to write about herself in the third person so she will keep this short. Her first novel, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES, will be published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in Winter 2015. She is currently at work on her second book. Before becoming an author, she briefly worked as a science teacher. You can find visit her online at:


••• She’s not big on favorites, but if pressed to pick a favorite song, she’d probably choose Mozart’s "Requiem Mass in D Minor."
••• Both of her parents are originally from Turkey, but she sadly doesn’t speak a word of Turkish.
••• She thinks John Berryman’s poems are lame, but she totally gets them. More than she would ever admit.
••• She’s convinced her potential energy is poisoned.
••• Her best childhood memory is one involving her father and this terrifies her.
••• She would probably like the cover of MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES, but she might be suspicious of the bursts of color. (Though as her spokesperson, Jasmine is going to step up and say: WE LOVE IT!)


Redacted for spoilers. You’re just going to have to read the book!


From Alison Donalty, Executive Art Director, HarperCollins Children's Books:

It is not often that an art director gets to work on a book with a title as visually rich as MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES. When that happens, I feel like I've hit the cover-design-possibilities jackpot!

After reading Jasmine’s manuscript, I knew I needed to find an artist who would bring all the texture and emotion of this story to life on the cover. That perfect artist was Jessica Musumeci. Jessica is the Creative Director at Seventeen, as well as a fine artist. She has a special flair for creating hand-drawn type that is expressive and gorgeous to look at.

Collaborating with Jess on the art was a blast! She zeroed in on all the illustrative possibilities inherent in the title and sent us many options for consideration. On creating the art for this book Jess said, "I really enjoyed working on this cover. I love mixing rich black ink with bright watercolor. The contrast creates this pretty kind of tension which encapsulates the story beautifully."

The final cover does just that. It is bold, fresh, and evocative -- the perfect complement to Jasmine’s story.


MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga (Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins, Winter 2015)

Isn't it gorgeous? You know you want it...


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••• Joseph Beth •••
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"My Heart and Other Black Holes is alive with intensity, gut-wrenching honesty, moments of humor, and -- of course -- heart. This is an extraordinary debut by a striking new voice in YA fiction that left me in awe and moved beyond measure. Not to be missed."
- Nova Ren Suma, author of IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE


“I just figured the whole world feels sorry for you.” I say. “You obviously aren’t looking for someone to do what everyone else already does.”

I’m getting higher and higher and I feel the swing set creak.

“Be careful,” he says.

“Why?” I’m not thinking about being careful. I’m thinking about one last push, of letting go, of flying, and of falling.

“You aren’t allowed to die without me,” he whispers.


Jen M. said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I am so excited for this book!! So many exclamation points!!

Lola Sharp said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your cover, Jasmine!!!!!

Dhonielle Clayton said...


Liza said...

OMG Jasmine! I'm so excited for you! That cover is perfect! I can't wait to get my very own copy!! February is too far away! ^_^

As for other YA covers? There are so many great ones...but the ones that I always think of for evocative, must-pick-up-that-book cover were 'Across the Universe' by Beth Revis (I mean, it was reversible, too!) and 'Some Quiet Place' by Kelsey Sutton.

Hazel @ Stay Bookish said...

I have so many YA covers I love! Namely: How To Love, Geography Of You and Me, Since You've Been Gone, Open Road Summer, Just One Day (redesigned), Infinite Sky (UK cover)! :D

Emma said...

I like a lot of book covers. Recent faves are The Orphan Queen, Etherworld, and now My Heart and Other Black Holes! Thank you for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

This cover is GORGEOUS! I adore illustrated, artistic covers and love that YA is starting to trend that way (as pretty as the giant eyeballs/fancy dresses could be, they were starting to get stale). Rainbow Rowell always has beautiful covers and I really love the cover of The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp.

Unknown said...

I really love this cover :D I'm excited to read it! And win of course lol

The Ginger Twins said...

Congrats Jasmine! Both the cover and the book loom great!

Unknown said...

I love Falling into Place and We Were Liars and the excerpt are giving me feelings!

Kaye M. said...

I love this cover. And a blurb from Nova Ren Suma! Go, Jasmine! <3

Anonymous said...

I love the cover, "The Immortal Rules" by Julie Kagawa and "Splintered." The colour is fantastic.

Sister Salma said...

Love this cover! I prefer covers without models :)

Vivien said...

I've enjoyed so many lately. Just the other day I saw the cover for A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd. Those covers are gorgeous!

Carol Riggs said...

That is definitely an eye-catching cover! Very nice, and YAY to Jasmine. Thanks for featuring this!

Pam said...

Jasmine, you're awesome! I cannot wait!!

M said...

One of my very new favorites is The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne. I also love the UK versions of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. =) I also love the watercolor trend on covers, black especially!

AbbievilleHorror said...

I really like the minimalist approach to this cover and the book sounds so interesting. Can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

As my response to the last entry, I like the covers of the Divergent series. I may be biased but they really are my favorite haha. MHAOBH cover looks great too!

Unknown said...

I love the covers of Jellicoe Road, Prisoner of Night and Fog, and The Winner's Curse.

Mo said...

I love the covers on Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

Katie said...

This cover looks so awesome, and the book sounds amazing as well. I can't wait to read this.

Unknown said...

The cover for the Prisoner of Night and Fog is awesome. And this one is so eye catching! Thanks for the chance!

Unknown said...

You have a beautiful name Jasmine, I can almost smell flowers just from saying it.

Unknown said...

I love the covers for Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and Find Me by Romily Bernard. Of course, I also love this cover; I like how it looks like it was done with watercolors.

Jello Dela Cruz said...

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the beautiful covers I saw. :)
Thanks for the givewaway!

Kierra said...

I love Rainbow Rowell's covers! Also, I love Stormdancer's cover.

Anonymous said...

I love the covers of Why We Broke Up and the Shatter Me series! :)

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