Welcome to this week's "Waiting on Wednesday" pick where we discuss books we are eagerly anticipating on our shelves. This week is a special review edition on "WoW"
The Memory of Light
Francisco X. Stork
Release status: Will be on KPL shelves any day now!
Synopsis from Amazon:
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 Lightis 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
Reviewed by: Allison Whiston, children’s/teen librarian
The Memory of Light By Francisco X. Stork Teen suicide and depression are a serious problem and this novel tackles both issues with the detail and depth they deserve. Francisco Stork helps his readers understand the reasons behind his characters depression and mental illness while pulling ever-so slightly at the reader’s heartstrings. Reading this novel is a must for teens with mental issues and their parents too. It will help them on their way to recovery by exposing the long but promising journey each of the novels characters. This in turn will help them understand that they are not alone in their suffering and that there is hope. Memory of Light is a teen must read! It will be on the shelf soon in the Killingly Library's Teen Department.
Rating: 4 stars