by Francisco X. Stork (fancy name)
Synopsis: Vicky Cruz has everything. Rich dad and stepmom, the ambitious older sister, and a loving caretaker. But she still tried to commit suicide. She was admitted to a psychiatric ward where she meets Dr. Desai, Gabriel, E.M. and Mona. Here she learns to cope with what she discovers is depression and anxiety. The Memory of Light tackles tough issues all while showing how love and a lot of laughter can conquer them all.
Favorite Quotes: So how was I “saved”? Who is responsible for prolonging this mess? (page 5)
It is possible, I realize, to have people in your life who love and and who you love, and 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 worth of their love, and you want to stop being a burden to them, contaminating their lives with your moodiness and grumpiness and miserableness. (page 9)
Boredom only happens when you have some place you’d rather be. (page 32)
“I’m depressed?” I say.
“Welcome to the club,” Mona says (page 42)
"Swimming and roses and writing. That’s three things.”
I don’t understand.
“To live for,” he says. (page 80)
I have spent fifteen seconds in his vicinity and I already feel like taking a shower. (page 82)
I wrote because writing kept me alive. (page 93)
What’s better? To hurt from your wants or to be so dead inside that you don’t want anything? (page 167)
“There was a time when I was not alone, before something invisible and hard came between me and others. But here, next to Gabriel, there is no wall.” (page 172)
"There’s things you see when you’re depressed that you don’t see otherwise. You see how silly the world is sometimes and the craziness around you. You see all the things that people strive for, like money and success and popularity, and you realize those things don’t make you happy.” (page 174)
We row harder and harder, but we are still moving in the wrong direction. "This reminds me of my life,” Mona says. (190)
Rating and Review: 5 stars
This was perfect. I started reading and on page one, I wanted to cry. I’m was already attached to Vicky Cruz. The writing is purely lyrical. I tried to capture all of the quotes above, but there were too many to note. I literally couldn’t do this book justice. Like I said before, you’ll fall in love with the characters from Chapter 1. I already decided that I liked Mona. She was everything Vicky wasn’t, annoying and outgoing. Besides, everyone needs an annoying roommate in a psych ward. It wouldn’t be a YA novel without a budding romance. And I was thinking, who falls in love in a psych ward. Surprisingly, it didn’t happen. If Vicky and Gabriel were developing a romance, I can’t tell. I think the slow-easy going- because-I’m in a psych ward-romance between the two is sweet. It’s genuine friendship, compassion, and love in the purest form.
The Memory of Light will save your life.
Read an excerpt here.
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