Gracie Chick started a campaign where she partnered people together and they created a project together to raise awareness for something they are passionate about. For a while now I have been working with Tiana from The Book Raven on a project that is hopefully going to raise awareness about mental health and how important it is. And as someone who strongly believes that mental health is as much of a priority as physical health I am very excited to be a part of this project.
Because I didn’t think there was much use in me explaining what the plan was for the book club, since Tiana’s post about it was pretty exact in everything you’d need to know from what posts we’d be doing to how to sign up I’ve decided to just give you guys her explanation of things.
(Also. Don’t forget to check out her blog and follow it for more updates and posts on our book club. She has a truly terrific blog and is probably one of the most dedicated bloggers I have ever come across.)
My instincts were all for creating a ya book club centered around mental health and mental health awareness as it is an issue that surrounds so many lives and is something that is far more common than is normally thought of. After ages of debating the name for this book club, Beyond The Surface was born and I’m so excited for this monthly book club to start up next month!
Without further ado here is our very first Beyond The Surface Book of the Month!
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
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: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) 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. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.
Book Club Posting Schedule for August:
August 1st: general talk about the book of the month!
August 8th: post related to the mental health issue discussed in the book of the month (fellow blogger participation is welcome!)
August 15th: fun book related post (author may or may not be intertwined into this one)
August 30th: book of the month discussion post
Finally, click this link to sign up to participate in this monthly book club! I look forward to reading along with everyone!
Leaving the full link down below… just in case:
Thanks for reading! Let me know any suggestions that you have for any post ideas for the future. I hope for this club to grow exponentially over the months and I also hope that if you want to join and have anyone you know that you think should join to send them the sign-up link!
So that was Tiana’s excellent explanation and I hope you all go and sign up! I am very excited to start reading the My Heart And Other Black Holes! (It came in the mail today!) And I can’t wait for the end of month discussion!