When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn’t be alive. But then 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 Vicky back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage and strength. She may not have them. She doesn’t know.
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Publisher: Scholastics Inc.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
I really wish The Memory of Light could have been a four-star read at the very least—if nothing else, because of the accurate and unflinchingly honest portrayal of depression—but sadly, it was not to be.
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, 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.
None of the characters ever really captured my heart, or stood out as particularly memorable to me, and I’m pretty sure that a few weeks from now, I’ll have forgotten about their names, and stories.
I any case, The Memory of Light ended up being a disappointing read for me.
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