The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light

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When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545474337
0545474337
9780545474320
0545474329
Branch Call Number: YA STORK 2016
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 06, 2018

When a young person makes the decision to take their own life, they tend to think that decision would end their sufferings or pain. They tend to think that that decision will take away all their misery and problems. They tend to think that that decision is final. This wasn’t the case for Vicky, however. “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork is a heartbreakingly raw story about a young girl who attempts suicide, but fails and is put into the mental ward of a hospital. She’s determined to try to commit suicide again once she’s out, but that thought eventually changes once she meets new people within the ward. I, as a young person with no experience dealing with such mental illnesses, still felt the frustration of Vicky, the main character throughout the novel. I began to examine and try to process how Vicky was feeling, only because it was genuine and real. I’ve never felt the same with any other book. I would definitely recommend this book to any young people who know someone like Vicky and those who have overcome similar situations; however, for those dealing with similar issues themselves, this novel may not be suitable for you as it shares Vicky’s realistic and suicidal thoughts which can be triggering. Otherwise, Francisco X. Stork truly outdid himself this time. @WordfulReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Murray_C
Jan 17, 2017

In the author note, it is shared that there is hope that this story will make it easier for young people to recognize depression in themselves and others and to feel more comfortable talking about it. This was an honest look at mental illness, suicide, recovery, but also the beauty of life and strength of human spirit if we are able to see and embrace it. Vicky's story is one that all teens (and maybe anyone) should read to help recognize signs of illness. And to know that the battle is worth fighting.

multcolib_karene Feb 09, 2016

An excellent exploration of depression, mental illness, and teen suicide. It's especially good how the teens are presented as "normal" kids even though they are all struggling with difficult issues. The author's note at the end describing his own struggles with depression and attempted suicide is also excellent.

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