“Méndez-Negrete weaves powerful accounts of her visits to her son with factual information from professional literature. . . . [A Life on Hold] will make you appreciate what is right in your life and what is right in the human race.”—Story Circle Book Reviews
“A truly extraordinary account, A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia is an absolutely absorbing read from beginning to end. Candid, informative, intensely personal, detailed, and deftly written.”—Midwest Book Review
"A Life on Hold tells the story that many families suffer but few have the courage and the resources to tell. Méndez-Negrete opens up her life so others can learn from it. It is heartbreaking to have any family member suffer illness; it is another type of hell to have one’s child enter a reality you cannot reach even with your best intentions as a parent. Méndez-Negrete allows us into her world so families undergoing similar experiences can find respite and hope that they are doing the best they can. Bravo to this beautiful family trying to survive the best they can the hand the universe has dealt them."
—Aida Hurtado, Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara