It’s kind of a funny story

Dear reader,

It’s the end of February and that means that yet another Smaxx-month has passed. So let’s review another book.

In our little Smaxx world, February was all about this book; It’s kind of a funny story, written by Ned Vizzini. The cover says that this is a very important book and I can only agree. In It’s kinds of a funny story the author gives you a quick peek inside the head of a person who’s dealing with a depression. Not a chance you get very often.

I have to say it was very good, but also very confronting. I really recognized myself in some ways. His train of thoughts, the distress.. that scared me a bit sometimes. But the way Craig (the main character) dealt with this all was very inspiring. Let me explain.

When a person is depressed, they often don’t see the good sides of life anymore. And when everything in their lives turns to black, there’s no stopping them anymore. They kill themselves if they dare. But not Craig. Craig is so stressed about his school stuff and his future that he wants to throw himself of the Brooklyn Bridge. The easy way out. But he stresses even more when he doesn’t know what to do with his bike.
He takes one of his mom’s books How to survive the loss of a love and looks up what to do when feeling suicidal. He then calls the suicide hotline and they tell him to go to the hospital. And before he knows it, he’s admitted himself to Six North, adult psychiatric.

And I think this is so brave. There aren’t many people who think that clearly.

I do have to say. When I was about halfway through the book, I started to recognize this story. It turns out that there’s a movie based on this book. And guess what.. I’ve seen that movie.

So if you don’t like reading, you could always watch the movie. I’m being real here. Do it. Watch it. Read it. Live it. It ís important to know what a depression can do to a person. And I know that suffering from a depression is different for everyone, but at least it’s a start. There should be more of these books, just to get people to understand.
And this is real. Ned Vizzini wrote this a week after being released from his own Six North.

So all in all, I think this is one of the most important books on my shelve.

Maxx, I hope you feel the same way I do. I really hope you enjoyed my choice of books for February and I will see you in March!

Much love,

Sam

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January bookhaul

Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy
[x] Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide Part 1)
[x] Douglas Adams – The restaurant at the end of the universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide Part 2)
[x] Douglas Adams – Life, the universe and everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide Part 3)
[x] Douglas Adams – So long, and thanks for all the fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide Part 4)
[x] Douglas Adams – Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker’s Guide Part 5)

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[x] Charles Dickens – A tale of two cities
[x] Jules Verne – Around the world in eighty days
[x] Lewis Caroll – Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
[x] Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
[x] Arthur Conan Doyle – The case-book of Sherlock Holmes
[x] Arthur Conan Doyle – The hound of the Baskervilles

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[x] Chris Culver – The Abbey
[x] Mary Horlock – The book of lies
[x] Stuart MacBride – Birthdays for the dead
[x] Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

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[x] Susan Hill – The woman in black
[x] Mark Logue & Peter Conradi – The King’s Speech
[x] Aron Ralston – 127 hours

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[x] David Levithan – The realm of possibility (The Smaxx Project – January)
[x] Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster
[x] Mary Gaitskill – Veronica

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[x] Renate Dorrestein – Pas goed op jezelf
[x] Isa Hoes – Toen ik je zag
[x] Janny van der Molen – Een portret schrijf je zo
[x] Terry Breverton – Onsterfelijke laatste woorden
[x] Joy Fielding – Blind vertrouwen