It’s Wednesday! Normally I’d be making some comment here about how we’re one day closer to Friday so I’m super happy, but today that’s just not the case. Instead, we’re one day closer to school starting for me and I’m not ready to go back. Sigh.
However, I am super excited to tell you about a book that I’m really looking forward to! I do this every Wednesday as part of my participation in this meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. I haven’t heard anyone talking about this book yet, although that’s understandable considering the release date is pretty far away. Still, it sounds incredibly beautiful, and it is called:
the memory of light by francisco x. stork
When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can’t even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as 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 her back to the life that drove her to suicide, Vicky must try to find the strength to carry on. She may not have it. 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.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? While YA books dealing with tough topics like mental illnesses, depression, and suicide aren’t too uncommon as of late, this book seems to having a very unique take on a character struggling with depression unlike anything I’ve ever heard of before. It kind of reminds me of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, which deals with a character who is planning to commit suicide before turning himself in to a hospital. However, this book sounds much more raw and beautiful because of the fact that you don’t get to know any of the main character’s struggles or backstory right off the bat. Instead, I’m guessing that those details will be slowly revealed overtime.
I had never heard of this author before but this is not his debut novel. He’s written many over books which seem to have been pretty successful, including Marcelo in the Real World which won multiple awards and was nominated for many others.
I think that it sounds like it definitely has the potential to be an incredibly beautiful and emotional story, and I can’t wait to pick it up!
So that’s my Waiting on Wednesday for this week! Do you think you’ll be preordering this book, or keeping an eye out for it when it’s released? Have you read any books by Francisco X. Stork?
If you made a Waiting on Wednesday post this week, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can check it out!
As always, thanks for reading! 🙂