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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Hazy sunshine psychedelia, lo-fi electronic soul, and melodic pop; edited and rearranged tape with a distinctly nostalgic feel. Diptych by The Classical. A Simple Reflection by Cold Beat. Memories Of Light by Xan Alexander. Even people who haven't struggled with depression, you need to read this.

Because in a beautiful future, maybe less people will be alone in this fight. With more people to understand what people with depression go through, there will be more support, less judgment. More understanding, less misunderstanding. For people struggling with depression: Stephanie Perkins is right, this book can indeed save your life. You'll also, hopefully, feel less alone.

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It's not hard to realize when someone's went through depression. Reading this book, you'll spot those familiar feelings. Hopelessness, self-loathing, a numbness to life. The feeling that life isn't worth living. For once, there is a book that you can relate to.


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One that will make you shed a tear or two at the raw, painful truth of its words. Because you've been through it yourself. You know how it feels.

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Here is a beautiful book that everyone needs to read. And that is all I'll say. View all 11 comments. Sep 23, Tatiana marked it as abandoned Shelves: I am sure this is a very important book on a very important topic, but I feel like I've already read this story before, and not once. Feb 08, Justine rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm seriously saddened by the fact that only 1, people have read The Memory of Light on Goodreads. I can perfectly understand why people don't gravitate to books like this, but it bothers me that such a raw and honest account of depression would be missed out by a lot of contemporary readers.

The last time a book has hit me this hard, was back when I've read Schmidt's Orbiting Jupiter; and while these two novels are highly dif 4. The last time a book has hit me this hard, was back when I've read Schmidt's Orbiting Jupiter; and while these two novels are highly different, their subdued and quiet tone makes them poignant and unforgettable in a way that veers far from melodramatic and soap-opera-ish works.

The Memory of Light, in my opinion, is such a great book because it depicts depression and mental illness with hard realism, yet offers a sliver of hope, to make a balance between light and dark. This is the kind of story that doesn't give you a romanticized version of mental illness, yet it never goes overboard to what goodreaders call "tragedy porn" where every single chapter is filled with tragic and heartbreaking events. I also find the plot's focus on Mexican-Americans interesting.

Rarely, do we see Mexicans as main characters in YA novels, and the good thing is, the author used them in such a way that didn't feel forced. They're not there just for the sake of racial diversity and representation. They're all unique characters, dealing with different personal demons, and seeing them suffer breaks your heart a little.

The magic in The Memory of Light is its ability to make you root for the characters, at a pace that feels realistic and subtle. Their day to day interactions will sneak up on you and by the novel's end, you'll realize that the characters are with you now. One character in particular caught my attention, among the four of them. He's a character in YA that I rarely see around, and he was my favorite. I love his gentle-nature and genuine kindness. Most YA characters already fall under cliches and tropes, but there's something about Gabriel, that crossed the goody-two shoes trope.

You'll understand why I find him well-rounded and interesting as a character, if you read this novel. Props to the lack of romance and sex too. It's refreshing to see teenagers who are not caught up in kissing and sex. It's kinda tiring, seeing lots of books with teenagers under overly-sexualized conditions. This is not the case with this novel. It managed to be unique in its characterization yet not unrealistic. All in all, this book is too good to be anything lower than 5 stars.

I only knocked out a half star because I thought the dynamics between the four of them could've been made stronger and more emotional. The novel's subdued tone made some parts, a bit lacking in emotion and this resulted to a lack of climax that could've otherwise made it an even stronger read. I wanted to see more touching moments in their interactions that would make the emotional blow even harder. But then again, we're seeing the story from the pov of a person suffering from depression. It might've been a deliberate decision on the author's part to portray the story in this way to make it as realistic as possible.

So I guess this is only a subjective remark.

Objectively, it's a 5-star worthy book. Just go ahead and read it. I have no words. I'm glad to find my first 5 star book of the year. View all 3 comments. Jun 26, JV rated it it was amazing Shelves: As someone who's constantly wrestling his own inner demons, this book resonated so much. Stork writes with sensitivity, accuracy, and insight about depression, suicide, mental illness, and recovery.

It's a realistic portrayal of what goes inside the mind of those struggling and fighting their own war — being bombarded by uncontrollable thoughts, pierced by emptiness and hopelessness, and wounded by overwhelming emotions. What I love about this novel is that Stork steers clear of any romanticizat As someone who's constantly wrestling his own inner demons, this book resonated so much.

What I love about this novel is that Stork steers clear of any romanticization regarding mental illness. Instead, he tackles these mental health issues with fearless yet respectful honesty despite the fact that it still hurts while reading it. The writing is simple, clear, and realistic. I love the Latinx representation from different socioeconomic backgrounds, the camaraderie of Vicky, Gabriel, Mona, and E. M, their relationship with Dr. Desai and the family dynamics. The introspection of these complex characters and the way they support each other even though they can barely support their individual selves are cathartic to read.

Mental health is an essential part of our overall health, and it's time that we should all be aware of it and combat the stigma and prejudice that comes with mental illness. The world is full of Gwendolyns and Jaimes and Cecys and Vickys, and we should know that we are ill and be kind to one another. Stork for writing this compelling novel and sharing Vicky's heartbreaking story and her path towards recovery.

Amidst the dreadful shade that I'm trying to fight every day, I'll forever treasure the light that this book has shown me. Feb 25, Malia rated it really liked it Shelves: I was excited to receive this book when I won it some time ago, as the premise sounded very interesting and, yes, I was sold on the cover, too: This book focused on the aftermath of such a decision, and the fact that someone who had nothing she felt she could live for, must learn to exist in the world.

Stork's characterizations are really the heart of this novel. Vicky and the other characters she meets at her rehab hosp I was excited to receive this book when I won it some time ago, as the premise sounded very interesting and, yes, I was sold on the cover, too: Vicky and the other characters she meets at her rehab hospital, are far from black and white and neither does the author dip into too many cliches. I think it comes through in a very thoughtful way that the author has dealt with similar issues in his own life, as is stated in the book's summary.

He goes about his exploration of depression and how it affects every aspect of life in a slow, introspective manner, which, I felt, at times was a little repetitive and kept the book from moving at the pace I wanted. But overall, this seems appropriate to the subject he is discussing and the manner in which he chose to do it. I think this is a good book for anyone to read, who wants to understand the thoughts of someone suffering from depression.

It's not moodiness, it's not laziness, it's not made up. It's a real disease that one should learn about and take seriously, so we can learn how to support those and better understand those suffering. For that, I would certainly recommend this novel. I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and have written what I think is a fair and fitting review. Find more reviews and bookish fun at http: Nov 18, Laura Resau rated it it was amazing. Such an honest and completely engaging account of depression. I loved the characters and was moved by the supportive friendships formed.

So much goodness and earnestness and tenderness and rawness and love in this story. I wouldn't be surprised if this book ends up saving lives Feb 28, Eve rated it it was ok Shelves: You know when you complete a book, say you're going to write a review the next day, and then two weeks later you haven't written anything and can't remember why the book was so bad except that it was cheesy and unrealistic and bothered the hell out of you?

I am aware of the seriousness of these topics. I feel like The Memory of Light had a good backbone, and a good story outline.

Save your money on this. Stork, I respect you for sharing your sort of kind of based-on-your-real-life-events story , but unfortunately, I was unable to connect to the characters or to the sort of kind of based-on-real-life-events story. Ya cant win 'em all. Nov 20, Kelly added it Shelves: I blurbed this book I loved it so much. An honest look at mental illness and the challenges of "after" -- what happens when you've hit rock bottom and need to crawl out? This story features a Latina main character, it's set in Austin, Texas, and it's frank and real without a hint of romanticizing the pain that is depression.

Sep 30, Cheryl Klein rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm just going to put Stephanie Perkins's blurb here: Naz Read Diverse Books. I think there is a curiosity of how mental illness is experienced. There is so much emphasis on prognosis, on symptoms, on how mental illness pervades all areas of our life. That's not a bad thing at all though; I think curiosity stems from our desire to understand.

And yet, we hear often how recovery is one of, if not the , most difficult parts of mental illness. Recovery is a rocky road filled with uncertainty, doubt, despair, and relapse, but also moments of hope, determination, bravery, and exceptional strength. Following her hospitalization and admission to psychiatric care, Vicky is faced with the colossal question of what now? The answers are vast and seemingly impossible to answer.

This dark thing, I now know, is my depression. It is something I need to get to know, understand, tame if possible, but I don't quite have the strength or knowledge to handle it yet. It has gone into hiding these past few days because I had help it's been five against one.

There is struggle, there are obstacles, but there are small victories and moments of daring hope. But rather than portray a 'gritty' mental illness book that tries to achieve realism with hardhitting terrible things, Stork shows us a multifaceted and complex journey of recovery with the good and bad. From Vicky learning and undergoing the process of understanding more about her mental illness and thus also herself , to the relationships that she develops with her therapist - the kind and wise Dr.

Desai - and the other teenagers in the hospital, to her well-meaning but strict family. There is also no romance in this story. Stork's exploration of Vicky's relationship with her family was one of my favourite parts of the book. It was just such a raw, honest, and realistic portrayal of a family who mean well, want what is best for their loved one, but are absolutely terrified. I've talked about how, as a society, we are still developing a vocabulary for mental illness , and how the lack of one can induce paralysis and, sometimes, negative and unhelpful perceptions and responses.

Indeed, it was hurtful to see the effects their attitudes had on Vicky, but it's a struggle that many teenagers face and endure; seeing it from Vicky's perspective was heartbreaking but powerful and necessary.

A Memory of Light

You are not the clouds or even the blue sky where clouds live. You are the sun behind them, giving light to all, and the sun is made up of goodness and kindness and life. Even though death has a heavy presence in the book, it is also the small voice in the dark - it is hope, it is life, it is beauty.

After surviving a suicide attempt, a teen is institutionalized and learns how to live. Readers who are interested in depression, and readers who want a genuine representation of depression. Yes, if the trigger warnings below won't harm you and don't mind a sombre read. Feb 08, Drew rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel so bad giving this kind of book a low rating, especially when I understand what the author was trying to achieve, and it was a powerful and admirable feat.

He was giving people who have mental illnesses the guidance they need to overcome their disorder. And he did send some great messages about how life is worth living and you shouldn't give in to the dark voice that will eventually lead to suicide… But the bottom line is this book was really boring. It felt like I was reading a textbook ab I feel so bad giving this kind of book a low rating, especially when I understand what the author was trying to achieve, and it was a powerful and admirable feat.

It felt like I was reading a textbook about depression. Which would be fine, except I couldn't connect with the main character, Vicky. She talked to psychiatrists and her close friends about her depression and explained how it made her feel…but I never got to see her in a situation where her depression affected her. Reading from her point of view was like reading a Wikipedia page on depression. I expected it to make me cry and tear my heart out. This book got the information part right - it helped me understand how depression worms its way into a lonely or downhearted person's mind - but the emotional response I prepared myself for?

I really appreciated all the advice the author offered to fight depression and how supportive Vicky's friends were of her. The author showed Vicky being pressured to act like someone she wasn't every day in her life and the high expectations her family placed on her, which eventually escalated into depression and Vicky trying to kill herself.

Maybe this book will have a greater effect on readers who have personally gone through the same struggles as Vicky, but I think I made the mistake of going into it expecting a different kind of story. It sent some great messages, for sure, but over all the plot and characters never had me enticed.

There are a few aspects of this book that I enjoyed, but after a five-star worthy beginning that spanned maybe three chapters, I got bored and detached from the storyline. The subsequent chapters of The Memory of Light never quite managed to reach the heights of magnificence of its first chapters again, or recapture my interest. I think my issues with this book can mainly be traced back to the pacing, which felt off to me, the mediocre writing, and the fact that a few storylines were wrapped up hastily, which led to an ending that felt rushed and unsatisfactory.

I any case, The Memory of Light ended up being a very disappointing read for me. View all 8 comments. C- Writing, characters, depiction of mental illness: A Realistic treatment, therapy: F From the first page, I was swept up into Francisco X Stork's beautiful, almost poetic descriptions of depression through Vicky's gorgeous narration.

I actually felt like I was inside Vicky's skin, experiencing the dearth of her lows, the hopelessness of her existence. Stork, I thought, is someone who not only understands the feelings, but can giftedly bring the reader along for the ride. The characters were Grade: The characters were well rounded and depicted different types of mental illness realistically. Dr Desai had some positive points, but her utter lack of confidentiality, boundaries and ethics made her a big disappointment. As the story progressed, I overlooked that adults and minors were on the same psychiatric ward, I don't mind a little creative license.

The more the story veered from not only the psychologically ethical, the HIPAA violations etc, but also legally prohibited, lapses in credulity started to annoy me. Psych patients aren't usually permitted to travel unsupervised to a patient's home for a birthday celebration and under no school of thought could a psychiatrist have patients come stay, barely supervised, as her ranch as part of "therapy" especially with the blessing of insurance companies which will barely pay for a patient for 5 days after a suicide attempt.

I could give example after example, but I don't want to give away the plot. I loved the multicultural and economic class aspect of the story and the cultural biases of mental illness in different segments of society. Feb 08, Chelsea rated it liked it Shelves: People often disagree about how to approach discussing suicide, as it can easily become triggering or harmful, but the one thing that can be agreed upon is that it needs to be talked about. This is a novel centering around a girl who recently attempted suicide and follows her as she enters recovery.

In some parts, this book impressed me with its bold, unromanticized version of such a sensitive topic. I had mixed feelings with this as a story, b TW: This reminded me a bit of my least favorite book, Impulse , which also follows a group of teens living in a treatment facility after attempting suicide. Thankfully, this book is nowhere near as harmful and atrocious as Impulse.

If you know of any, please feel free to let me know. Stuff that was annoying: They felt more like quirks and a few exaggerated personality traits than people ie.

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Also saw a lot of profound statements used in dialogue that would sound unnatural in real life. This made it hard to read at times, but it is clear that the author is writing from experience. Mixed feelings, but in the end I think this was a good read. If you can handle the reading experience and you enjoy YA contemporaries dealing with heavy topics, this may be a book for you! Jan 25, Sara rated it it was amazing. After finishing The Memory of Light, I was at a loss to explain how it had affected me.

So, I wrote a perhaps too-poetic post on Facebook: It's an unglamorous and gorgeous book. So I was more direct in my reply: It's written for teens, with the hope that they might recognize depression as an illness, and also, get a view of what recovery looks like. That said, it's fiction, so its power is in the characters, in whom you totally believe and care about. I was a tiny bit scared to read it, I admit. But, as I said, it unfolds, carefully, without pretense, letting in more and more light, so you just kind of turn TOWARDS the deepest stuff, instead of away.

I promise you'll finish it with more hope than when you began. Aug 20, Neil or bleed rated it really liked it Shelves: May 15, Books to Liv by rated it really liked it Shelves: The memory of light Author: I happen to strongly agree with her. This novel talks about depression and survival; it talks about life as m Title: This novel talks about depression and survival; it talks about life as much as it talks about death.

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The time she spent in the psychiatric hospital wing, instead of breaking her, it rebuilt her. I was so proud of this author for delivering such a delicate plot. I was so proud of Vicky for standing up for herself. I loved her young voice and her blunt honesty, and I loved all the minor characters, included Doctor Desai who took a chance on her patient and tried to do the right thing.

You were choosing life when everything inside of you wanted you to choose death. They are not you. Stephanie Perkins was right. Whenever you feel lonely or emotional or just misunderstood, pick up this book. It will carve a hole in your chest, just to fulfill it with hope and a sane dose of positivity. Aug 19, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: I wasn't sure I was going to like this once I learned it was about an attempted suicide. However, the way Stork approached the issue of suicide, depression and mental health in general was beautiful and so supportive of the victims.

I really came to like Vicki, she is the perfect example of how a chemical imbalance and some triggers can completely ruin your mental health.