When a young person makes the decision to take their own life, they tend to think that decision would end their sufferings or pain. They tend to think that that decision will take away all their misery and problems. They tend to think that that decision is final. This wasn’t the case for Vicky, however. “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork is a heartbreakingly raw story about a young girl who attempts suicide, but fails and is put into the mental ward of a hospital. She’s determined to try to commit suicide again once she’s out, but that thought eventually changes once she meets new people within the ward. I, as a young person with no experience dealing with such mental illnesses, still felt the frustration of Vicky, the main character throughout the novel. I began to examine and try to process how Vicky was feeling, only because it was genuine and real. I’ve never felt the same with any other book. I would definitely recommend this book to any young people who know someone like Vicky and those who have overcome similar situations; however, for those dealing with similar issues themselves, this novel may not be suitable for you as it shares Vicky’s realistic and suicidal thoughts which can be triggering. Otherwise, Francisco X. Stork truly outdid himself this time. @WordfulReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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