Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CAN'T WAIT TO READ: The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

Release date: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.


IMG_2419About the Author
Karen Fortunati is a writer of contemporary, realistic YA. The subject of her  first book, The Weight of Zero, is mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and it explores the shame, stigma and anxiety that often complicate the management of this chronic condition. The issue is personal to her, having witnessed the impact of depression and bipolar disorder in relatives and friends. Karen's goal was to write a story of hope for teens who struggle with mental illness.

Her path to writing and publication was a long and indirect one. She graduated from the University of Scranton with an accounting degree and then got a law degree from Georgetown. After working as a lawyer for many years, Karen found herself growing interested and then fascinated with history, specifically the American Revolution. This fascination sparked the idea for a middle grade story, so between family, dogs and a return to school (Trinity College for a master’s degree in American Studies), she threw herself into writing.

Success for that middle grade story never arrived. But that was okay. Because another idea was brewing, one that moved Karen in a way her first story never had. About a girl who had to deal not only with the standard pressures and stress of high school but also a much heavier weight – a mental illness. The story would be about her struggle to come to terms with it. It became The Weight of Zero.



25 comments:

  1. Wow! This one sounds intense. I really like books that deal with mental illness when they are done well. This is a new one for me but I will definitely be looking for it. Great pick!

    Carole @ Carole's Random Life

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    1. Yeah, hope it delivers because I like these types of books too :)

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  2. YES!! This was my WoW a few weeks ago, i absolutely cannot wait for it!!
    great pick :)
    Here's my WoW!

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    1. Thanks so much, Brooke! I can't wait for you to read it!!!

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    2. Awesome! Hope we'll both enjoy it! Hey Karen :)

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  3. I like to support and read any stories that spotlight mental illness. This is the first one I've come across in YA for bi-polar. Thanks for sharing about it.

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    1. I know I feel like it's not written about enough. I can't wait to read this one too :)

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  4. OMG, I want this book! I already feel like it'll become a favorite. Awesome pick!

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  5. Hi Shane - Thank you so much for spotlighting my book!! It's a story so close to my heart!! Best, Karen

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    1. You're welcome! I can't wait to read the story. I like the premise.

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  6. This is the first I'm hearing of this, but it sounds like a really intense one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. And thanks for stopping by my WOW earlier!

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  7. This sounds like an emotional read. I hope you enjoy it.
    My WoW

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  8. Oh wow. This read might just be heavy. I hope you'll enjoy this, Shane.

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    1. Love me some heavy reads :) I can't wait to dive into this one.

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  9. This book is new to me! Thanks for sharing!
    (New Bloglovin Follower)


    Have a wonderful week! Dani @ Paulette’s Papers

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    1. Happy to share. Thanks for stopping by and following, Dani :)

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  10. Great choice! I really want to read this one too. I love books that deal with tough topics, but do so in a way that makes it easier for people to understand. Sounds like this one does that!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  11. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds right up my alley!! Great pick. I'm going now to add it on Goodreads. :D

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    1. Awesome!
      Thanks for stopping by, Angel :)

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  12. This sounds really interesting. Hope you enjoy reading it!

    Renee ~ My Wow

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  13. I like to read books about mental illness, as long as they're well researched. This sounds really interesting! I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm adding it to my TBR now. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my WOW! Happy reading!

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