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The memory of light /

by Stork, Francisco X [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: 325 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0545474329; 9780545474320; 0545474337; 9780545474337; 9781338032963; 1338032968.Subject(s): Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Juvenile fiction | Suicide -- Juvenile fiction | Depression, Mental -- Juvenile fiction | Psychotherapy patients -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Texas -- Juvenile fiction | Mexican Americans -- Fiction | Suicide -- Fiction | Depression, Mental -- Fiction | Psychotherapy -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Family life -- Texas -- Fiction | Texas -- Fiction | Texas | Fiction | Juvenile worksSummary: When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.
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Victoria Cruz is tired of living ... and so she tries to stop, with 30 sleeping pills hoarded over time. When her suicide attempt fails, she wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders Ward, where she meets Gabriel, Mona, E.M. and Dr. Desai. As the days pass on the ward, their conversations push Vicky to reflect on the people in her old life and herself, always the loser compared to all of them. Until her new friends help her step away from winning and losing, and find the beauty in a life all of her own.

When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">From The Memory of Light : "What happened, mi niña? Why you do something so horrible? Something happen in school?" "No, no." "Do you miss your mamá? I miss her too. Your mamá wouldn't want you to do this." "I know," I say, rubbing my eyes with my hands. "Who hurt you, mi niña? Tell me." "No one, Nana, no one hurt me. It just hurts inside, I don't know why." "Is it Barbara? Is that what happen?" "No . . ." I have no answers to these questions, no explanations that make any sense. I feel my head shrinking, tightening with pressure, as if I were taking an exam in a foreign language on a subject I never even knew existed. "She okay. She tries. She needs learn to smile. So serious always. But she not bad inside. Your father, he loves you also. They sometimes confused about how to love. But they okay." It is so painful to hear Juanita's voice. Why? "Nana, I have to go. I wanted to let you know I'm okay. This thing I did. Taking the pills. It doesn't mean I don't love you." "I know that, my niña, I know. I no never have doubts. Don't worry. I be here waiting for you. Diosito didn't want you to die." "I have to go now, Nana." "Don't cry, my little baby. Everything okay. You see." The call ends. I lie there for I don't know how long, my hand on the telephone, as if I'm afraid to let go of the voice that flowed through it. It is possible, I realize, to have people in your life who love you and who you love, and to still want to kill yourself. It's almost as if part of the reason you're doing it is for them, because you are not worthy of their love, and you want to stop being a burden to them, contaminating their lives with your moodiness and grumpiness and miserableness. I feel Juanita's love now. And it makes me feel so much worse. Excerpted from The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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After a suicide attempt, Vicky Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of Lakeview Hospital and meets three other teenage patientsMona, E. M., and Gabrielin group therapy, each with his or her own mental health issue. With the help of the caring Dr. Desai, Vicky is able to work through the severe depression that started after her mother's death and to stand up to her father and his demanding expectations of her scholastic achievements. Her recovery is slow and painful but also honest and credible. Narrator Corzo's soft, pleasing tone imbues the protagonist with a sense of tenderness and frailty that gradually includes hope. Stork himself reads the powerful author's note that connects the book to his own experience. jonathan hunt (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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