Huge round of cheers to Karen Fortunati and her amazing publicity staff at Delacorte/ Penguin Random House – THE WEIGHT OF ZERO was featured in Seventeen Magazine this month!
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is Karen’s debut young adult novel – an intense yet hopeful story about a young woman struggling with bipolar disorder and the amazing family, doctors, friends and therapists who help her combat her thoughts of suicide.
Kirkus said, “An honest, informative, and ultimately optimistic novel about living with mental illness.”
Flannery Fitch of Bookshop Santa Cruz gave this stunning review, “This book absolutely floored me. It tore me apart and rebuilt me, in the best possible way. It is by far the best depiction of depression that I’ve read in a very long time. I spent the last half of the book in grateful tears, filled with a deep recognition that gave me hope for life and love for Catherine. I cannot express enough what this book meant to me. Read it. It’ll change you.” Flannery’s review was one of the ones that got THE WEIGHT OF ZERO listed as an ABA Indies Introduce title this fall.
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.
Follow Karen’s debut journey on her website: www.karenfortunati.com
Say hi and congratulations on twitter @KarenFortunati