The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light

Book - 2016
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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
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm

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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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