A huge congratulations to debut author Karen Fortunati on the official cover reveal for her contemporary young adult novel THE WEIGHT OF ZERO. Karen is headed to her first ALA conference today (American Library Association) so the timing is perfect for a huge round of cheers!
Please stop by Karen’s website to follow the launch of this important book: www.karenfortunati.com
And say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati
YA Books Central did us the honor of posting the cover live for the very first time here: YA Books Central
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati coming September 6, 2016 from Delacorte/ Penguin Random House
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its own living death on her again.
But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.
This manuscript was awarded the 2014 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in the Contemporary YA category. It was also named a finalist in the 2015 Tassey-Walden Awards Contest.