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The Memory of Light por Francisco X. Stork
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The Memory of Light (original 2016; edición 2016)

por Francisco X. Stork (Autor), Frankie Corzo (Narrador), Scholastic Audio (Publisher)

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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.… (más)
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Título:The Memory of Light
Autores:Francisco X. Stork (Autor)
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*Thanks to Scholastic and the SLJ Teen Live virtual conference for providing me a free copy to review*

teen fiction (suicidal teen getting therapy with new friends at the hospital's psych ward; incidental diversity--Latinos in Austin, TX). From the plot description I didn't expect to like this book at all, but I got quite a bit out of reading from the perspective of a clinically depressed person--even the loved ones of those affected by depression can struggle with understanding why/how a person becomes suicidal, so I think this is really helpful, esp. since depression is a fairly common condition and can be extremely difficult to talk about. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I read this in the span of just under five hours. I was totally sucked into Vicky's story. It starts with her survival of a suicide attempt. Her subsequent stay in the hospital, the others she meets, the realizations she comes to, the impact she has on others, and others have on her, are so engaging. As I was reading this I felt like the descriptions were so accurate. In the author's note is the hope that other teens who are suffering from depression will see themselves and seek help. All the phone numbers are included for reference. Hope is the greatest take-away from this story for me.

I don't have this one in my library, but I am buying it. Not sure how I missed it. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
A meh book about an important topic. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Written in a straightforward, but empathetic style, the author clearly presents the internal & external dilemmas that brought sophomore Vicky Cruz to her suicide attempt. What makes this novel so refreshing is the author's multi-faceted characters who are part of Vicky's world- either her Mexican-American family members & beloved "Nana", her childhood caregiver, classmates from her exclusive private school, or her newfound friends while in recovery. These characters, including her proud, success-driven father, all propel the plot forward in a realistic pace- no sudden revelations, no sudden "cure" here. Moreover, Vicky's treatment and exploration of potential mental wellness is not 'sugar-coated', but informed by the sympathetic insights of her fellow patients, & her psych therapist, Dr. Desai. Both Becca (older sister who had left for Harvard but reconnects with her sister) & Dr. Desai gently lead Vicky to a new awareness of her dictatorial father's own pain and shortcomings; he cannot easily deal with his own grief - due to the recent loss of his wife and the girls' caring mother, who slowly succumbed to cancer . The author engages the reader at several levels - while we're rooting for Vicky, and her fellow "mentals" to overcome their various challenges, we are reminded of the significance of family members as they move through each stage of life, including the elderly, the importance of those who do not pursue monetary success, but serve as they tend the earth, or create beautiful art/poetry, and the beauty in the small everyday things to give us hope: "green is the color of life all around us" (320) The poem written by Vicky (first page -Ch 28) is a beautiful one, and one of its phrases becomes the title to the entire novel.
Although the narrative sticks with Vicky's pt of view, & her halting attempts to go back to her previous life are definitely a struggle, her evolving understandings after suicide also reveals the motivations & struggles of those around her. This story will inspire and encourage teens, as well as adult readers; this is not graphic, grim, or stereotypical suicidal teen fiction. First I've read by this author, and I came away admiring his ability to weave complex psychological issues, and yes, metaphysical ones -the character of Gabriel is fascinating- into a teen's story of coming out on the other side of suicide. ( )
  BDartnall | Jan 20, 2019 |
interesting read. ( )
  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
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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.

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