The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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.,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780545910958
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ChristineT_RPL Feb 09, 2016

I just finished reading an advanced copy of this book. Francisco Stork has tackled the world of mental illness in a very real and sensitive way. I would recommend this to teens and parents alike. The Memory of Light gives insight into the minds of teens dealing with mental illness. In a world where mental illness is not always taken seriously Stork has written a novel that delves into the reality of depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse in teen life. Friends brought together during their stay at a hospital learn ways to cope and strategize in order to make it through each day. Our main character, Vicky, seems to have it all and according to the outside world she has no reason to be depressed or suicidal. Stork shines a light on the fact that depression is an illness like diabetes and may need treatment and medication and should not be ignored or belittled. There are also some helpful tips and hotlines for readers to contact if they need.

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