The Memory of Light by Francisco X StorkThe Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork

The Memory of Light

byFrancisco X Stork

Paperback | August 29, 2017

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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 Vicky 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.
Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list and won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; Irises; and The Memory of Light, which received fo...
Title:The Memory of LightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.02 × 5.28 × 0.68 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545474337

ISBN - 13:9780545474337


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely AMAZING I read this book soon after being hospitalized in the same situation and it helped me notice the good things in life. The author did an amazing job of bringing the entire experience to life.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love! I absolutely loved this book, just everything about it. The plot, the characters and character development, the back story, the setting and more! The characters develop and expand into complex persona and become so real. This book was written from the author's experience which made it so much more alive and vivid. It was like you were in the mindset of Vicky, when she "did the deed" (as they say). It shows how mental disorders and depression are not a light topic, and really something serious.
Date published: 2017-07-05

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From The Memory of Light:"What happened, mi niña? Why you do something so horrible? Something happen in school?""No, no." "Do you miss your mamá? I miss her too. Your mamá wouldn't want you to do this.""I know," I say, rubbing my eyes with my hands. "Who hurt you, mi niña? Tell me.""No one, Nana, no one hurt me. It just hurts inside, I don't know why.""Is it Barbara? Is that what happen?""No . . ." I have no answers to these questions, no explanations that make any sense. I feel my head shrinking, tightening with pressure, as if I were taking an exam in a foreign language on a subject I never even knew existed. "She okay. She tries. She needs learn to smile. So serious always. But she not bad inside. Your father, he loves you also. They sometimes confused about how to love. But they okay."It is so painful to hear Juanita's voice. Why? "Nana, I have to go. I wanted to let you know I'm okay. This thing I did. Taking the pills. It doesn't mean I don't love you.""I know that, my niña, I know. I no never have doubts. Don't worry. I be here waiting for you. Diosito didn't want you to die." "I have to go now, Nana.""Don't cry, my little baby. Everything okay. You see."The call ends. I lie there for I don't know how long, my hand on the telephone, as if I'm afraid to let go of the voice that flowed through it. It is possible, I realize, to have people in your life who love you and who you love, and to still want to kill yourself. It's almost as if part of the reason you're doing it is for them, because you are not worthy of their love, and you want to stop being a burden to them, contaminating their lives with your moodiness and grumpiness and miserableness. I feel Juanita's love now. And it makes me feel so much worse.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Memory of Light:*"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*"Stork writes sensitively about Vicky's journey from near death to shaky recovery... A subject that needs the discussion Stork's potent novel can readily provide." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review*"Accurate, heartbreaking, and hopeful... A beautiful read." -- School Library Journal, starred review*"Undeniable emotional strength and an encouraging, compassionate message. Stork writes his characters with authenticity and respect... Highly rewarding." -- Booklist, starred reviewPraise for Marcelo in the Real World:"[A brisk, brilliant, unsentimental novel." -- Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Book Review* "Stork introduces ethical dilemmas, the possibility of love, and other 'real world' conflicts, all the while preserving the integrity of his characterizations and intensifying the novel's psychological and emotional stakes. Not to be missed." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "It is the rare novel that reaffirms a belief in goodness; rarer still is one that does so this emphatically." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred reviewPraise for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors:*"Stork's latest marks him as one of the most promising young adult authors of the new decade." -- The Horn Book, starred review"Complicated yet ultimately endearing characters are a Francisco Stork standard. His latest novel doesn't disappoint." -- Chicago Sun-Times