The Weight of Zero

Written by Karen Fortunati

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati is a powerful book about Catherine Pulaski, a 16 year old struggling with grief and bipolar disorder, not to mention the ups and downs of being a teenager. It is beautifully written, raw, and real. There are no magic “cures” or happily-ever-afters, just an honest look into the life of someone suffering from a mental illness. Catherine, who attempted suicide, is sure that she will not be able to overcome her illness and that eventually the depression will return. She prepares for that. Along the way, as she navigates a return to school, her treatment group, and relationships, she discovers that life may be worth the effort.

This book is definitely geared toward high school teens and deals with subjects that may be triggering; suicide, depression, grief, and bipolar disorder to name a few. It does send a positive yet realistic message and provides insight into how to manage life with bipolar disorder. The book does offer hope. This is one of the best, most accurate books I have ever read about teen mental illness. It is a worthwhile read.

Review by Stephanie Garahana, Hunter High School Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: High School

The Weight of Zero
Written by Karen Fortunati
Delacorte Press
400 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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