“with treatment, there is hope.” – Publishers Weekly
A huge round of congratulations to debut author Karen Fortunati on today’s release of THE WEIGHT OF ZERO – a brilliant contemporary young adult novel with an intense and hopeful look at mental health care. The release of this book has been an exciting and emotional roller coaster and we’re excited to now share Catherine’s story with readers.
“An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness.” – Kirkus
“Catherine’s first-person narration is smart in its wit and, at times, painfully sharp in its candor about living with mental illness.” – Horn Book
“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
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt.
Being bipolar is forever. It never goes away. The med du jour might work right now, but Zero will be back for her. It’s only a matter of time.
And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list.
The bucket list, the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment all begin to lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place, and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.
This is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.
Read more about THE WEIGHT OF ZERO on Karen’s website: www.karenfortunati.com
Join her on book tour this week by following the #YARoadTrip hashtag or checking out her tour schedule here: http://karenfortunati.com/?page_id=85
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati