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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francisco X. Stork Narrator: Frankie Corzo Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9780545910958
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When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can't even commit suicide right. But there 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 Vick 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.

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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • * " A stellar choice for any library serving teens. School Library Journal, starred review

    * "[T]his important story of a teenager learning to live with clinical depression is informative and highly rewarding.
  • The Memory of Light is filled with hard truths and beautiful revelations. It’s a beacon of hope for those in the dark of depression.”

    Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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)

  • “This important story of a teenager learning to live with clinical depression is informative and highly rewarding.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Unlike many novels about teens and suicide, this work focuses entirely on recovery…Stork’s depiction of depression deftly avoids the traps of preaching or romanticizing and instead is accurate, heartbreaking, and hopeful.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This excellent fictional look at teen depression is enhanced by Corzo’s pacing, steadiness, and inflection.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Frankie Corzo’s delivery is beautifully suited to Stork’s spirited narrator and strong characters in this story…Varied pacing expertly captures the contrast between time spent in and out of treatment. Corzo is at once somber and hopeful, her words gently tugging listeners towards the story’s resolution.”


  • “Stork has shown us the universe of the human mind, how it can be terrifyingly dark—and how, in the company of the right sort of heart—infinitely dazzling.”

    Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Best Teen Books of 2016
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 in Audio
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About the Author

Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list and won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; Irises; and The Memory of Light, which received four starred reviews.

About the Narrator

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.