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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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Book Summary:

Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive.

That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where 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.

Yet 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 her back to the life that drove her to suicide—Vicky must find her own courage and strength. She may not have any. 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.

My Review:

Vicky life seems perfect life, rich family, stable home but what make Vicky a ticking time bomb and try to end her life. The book starts off after Vicky try to kill self and now in the hospital trying to figure out why she feels like death is the answer to all her problems. Her father see her as a sign of weakness and wants her home, her step mom she hardly connects with and her sister is hardly around when she needs her. Vicky tried to understand herself in a mental hospital to find out what happen to make her want to kill self and lean who she is on the inside. Making friends along the way to help her through her journey of self discovery, Will Vicky has the tools to make it out in the real world or would she try to end things once and for when she returns to the outside. The book open the world up to mental illness anyone even people with perfect live can become depress and alone and it’s a matter looking for the signs and being supportive of those who are in need. Enjoy reading Vicky story and see what happen at the end of her journey and road to recovery. Happy Reading!

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