THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati releases on October 11, 2016.
We’re so excited about this book – an intense yet hopeful look at mental health in a contemporary young adult novel. Karen is a debut author and these reviews are amazing! So pleased to share:
“Debut novelist Fortunati tackles social stigma and mental health realistically and honestly through the candid voice of Catherine Pulaski, a 17-year-old with bipolar disorder…Fortunati doesn’t shy away from detailing Cath’s despair but is very clear that with treatment, there is hope.” –Publishers Weekly
“Catherine knows her emotional level will zero out again, and that she’ll need to kill herself to ease the pain from her depression. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Catherine feels a nagging hopelessness knowing
she’ll have to live with the illness all her life, and worries she’ll never have friends again. Things gradually begin to improve when a new doctor revises her treatment plan and sends her to an intensive after-school therapy program. There she bonds Kristal, a lively African American girl with an eating disorder. At school, a history project teams Catherine with Michael, a kind and quiet boy who falls for her. Through these new friendships, hope slowly blossoms for Catherine, whose steady, raw, and smart voice reveals her desire to be well again. Readers will experience small but meaningful victories and epiphanies alongside Catherine and be drawn to the characters of Kristal and Michael. Fans of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) and J. J. Johnson’s Believarexic (2015) will want to read this debut novel.” –Booklist
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