The Memory of Light (Hardcover)
When I finish a book there's almost always a period of about or two or three hours where I don't want talk about it at all. I take the book into my room, put it on my bookshelf, and then hoard it there forever. I'll recommend it to other people, but the copy of the book that I read is mine and it becomes part of my bookshelf the way it became part of me, permanently. I get clingy and posessive about my books, and that's just the way it's always been.
But the exact opposite thing happened with The Memory of Light. As soon as I turned the last page I wanted to throw it at every preteen and teenager I know, and anyone else who suffers from mental illness or has ever dealt with depression or suicidal thoughts or self harm or the shame that is offten attached to those things.I actually turned the last page and handed my copy directly to the person who was physcially closest to me at the moment. The book is THAT important.
This incredibly tender, candid, and eye-opening young adult book (recommended for ages 12-14) follows Vicky Cruz from the moment she wakes up in the hospital after a failed suicide attempt. The book follows her road to recovery, the friends she makes there, and the lessons she learns from them along the way. Mental health, especially concerning depression and suicide, is not a topic often explored in books aimed at young people and Francisco Stork (Marcelo in the Real World) handles it here with the necessary care and understanding of a man who has struggled with those things his whole life. Though the book is incredibly honest and at times raw, it is also full of uplifting and funny moments. It's a book I wish existed when I was twelve, one that I would have benefited from immensely at that age, and one that I benefit from even today.— From Jenna's Picks
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*"Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Stork writes sensitively about Vicky's journey from near death to shaky recovery... A subject that needs the discussion Stork's potent novel can readily provide." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Accurate, heartbreaking, and hopeful... A beautiful read." -- School Library Journal, starred review
*"Undeniable emotional strength and an encouraging, compassionate message. Stork writes his characters with authenticity and respect... Highly rewarding." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Marcelo in the Real World:
"[A] brisk, brilliant, unsentimental novel." -- Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Book Review
* "Stork introduces ethical dilemmas, the possibility of love, and other 'real world' conflicts, all the while preserving the integrity of his characterizations and intensifying the novel's psychological and emotional stakes. Not to be missed." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "It is the rare novel that reaffirms a belief in goodness; rarer still is one that does so this emphatically." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
Praise for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors:
*"Stork's latest marks him as one of the most promising young adult authors of the new decade." -- The Horn Book, starred review
"Complicated yet ultimately endearing characters are a Francisco Stork standard. His latest novel doesn't disappoint." -- Chicago Sun-Times