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Francisco X Stork – The Memory of Light pdf book

Francisco X Stork - The Memory of Light pdf book

Francisco X Stork – The Memory of Light pdf book

The Memory of Light

Author : Francisco X Stork
Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books (January 26, 2016)
Genre :  Literature & Fiction

Book Review

When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn’t be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.

But Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending Vick back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage  and strength. She may not have them. She doesn’t know.

Inspired in part by the author’s own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one — about living when life doesn’t seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—After attempting to commit suicide in her bedroom, Vicky Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric wing of the hospital. Exhausted and nearly catatonic, Vicky goes through the motions asked of her by the quiet but firm Dr. Desai while intending to stay only the mandatory time before going home to try again. After attending group therapy with the other three young people on the ward—her energetic roommate Mona, intimidating E.M., and angelic Gabriel, however, Vicky accepts Dr. Desai’s help in convincing her domineering father to let her stay. As Vicky begins intensive treatment, things start to look up, but the looming question of whether she and her friends can survive in the outside world remains. Stork’s latest starts slow, with a cold, dry tone that mirrors Vicky’s own emotional depletion. As the new environment and people begin to reach Vicky, however, the prose follows suit, growing smoothly into a warm and powerful tone. Unlike many novels about teens and suicide, this work focuses entirely on recovery. Vicky is dealing with a deep depression born from her mother’s death and learns not only to name her illness but to cope with the effects and stand up for her needs. Stork’s depiction of depression deftly avoids the traps of preaching or romanticizing and instead is accurate, heartbreaking, and hopeful. VERDICT A beautiful read that adds essential depth to the discussion of teens and mental illness.—Amy Diegelman, Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA


* “[T]his important story of a teenager learning to live with clinical depression is informative and highly rewarding.” — Booklist, starred review

* “Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “A beautiful read that adds essential depth to the discussion of teens and mental illness.” — School Library Journal, starred review

The Memory of Light is filled with hard truths and beautiful revelations. It’s a beacon of hope for those in the dark of depression. This book just might save your life.” — Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After

The Memory of Light takes you to that strange, cold planet that is depression. Vicky’s journey back from the darkness doesn’t simplify or sentimentalize the pain of mental illness. Francisco Stork has shows us the universe of the human mind, how it can be terrifyingly dark–and how, in the company of the right sort of heart–infinitely dazzling.” — Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

“This is an honest look at recovery, about finding a way out from rock bottom, and about learning that the process of living with a mental illness is just that:  a learning process. A solid, powerful story.” — Kelly Jensen, blogger at

Praise for Marcelo in the Real World :

“[A] brisk, brilliant, unsentimental novel.” — Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Book Review

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