Stork, Francisco X. The Memory of Light. NY: Arthur A. Levine Books, c2016. 325 pages.
Depression is a serious topic and when it causes Vicky Cruz to attempt suicide, she finally gets the help she needs. After landing in the special wing of the hospital she is paired in therapy with three other teens who all have their own secrets and problems. Without meaning to, she begins to care about them and that helps her look outside herself but also brings new things to be stressed about.
Though a serious topic, treated respectfully, the book has enough normal teen talk and soft humor to help the reader through the tough parts. The book also has glimpses into social class differences, drug abuse and family dynamics and obligations.
The book is recommended for mature junior high and above.
Review by Mrs. Belknap