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: 9780545474320
0545474329
9780545474337
0545474337
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Stork
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm

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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 ... Read More »


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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Oct 11, 2020

This was a random pick from my library, and it was the perfect book for me right now. I picked it up hoping for a good book, and it exceeded all of my expectations. With representation for bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and anger issues, this book takes a good look at mental health and the consequences of your own actions.

Vicky wakes up and can’t believe she’s alive. She failed her suicide attempt, and is now in a mental ward in a hospital. She knows that she will try again, but after meeting three other patients, she decides to stay for a while and try to want to live again. What follows is a heart wrenching journey through memories and life choices that led up to the fateful suicide attempt, and hope begins to bloom. But when she has to go back to the life that drove her to try and take her life in the first place. Now she must try and take the lessons she has learned, but can she do it?

This book was an amazing look from the inside of a depressed person’s mind. The therapy was insightful, and we learn so much along with Vicky. The characters are rich and varied, and you learn to love each of them despite their flaws. The action is focused more toward character development than physical action, but there are a few exciting physical action scenes.

There is so much to take in with this book, and I would recommend this book to those struggling with mental illness and those who are struggling to understand mental illness. With great characters and a believable plot, this is an amazing read that will transport you right into Lakeview with Vicky, Mona, E.M., Gabriel, and Dr. Desai.

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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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