It’s the first of February, which means; it’s time for the second book! This book is chosen by Sam as you can read a little further down. The books reached my home this week, today I gave Sam her copy. I didn’t want to just give the book to her so I invented a little game. I wrapped both books but one of the packages contained a lot of confetti. When I say a lot I really mean A LOT. It would be unfair to just give the one containing confetti to Sam so I let her choose. She choose this one:
so I was left with the ‘safe’ one:
I hope I enjoy this book as much as the last one!
Today, the 11th of January, Sam and I had a little meeting. During which she had a surprise for me! Childlike as I am, I immediately felt very excited and curious. I can imagine you feeling this way too now. Turns out, since it’s her turn to pick a book, she made a selection of three. Because she couldn’t decide which book to read, she wrote them down and presented me with three little folded scraps of paper. “You have to pick one!”: she exclaimed. I gotta tell you, I almost did. But in the last moment I decided that she should choose, ’cause it was her turn. So I took honor in holding the scraps and mixing them a bit while she picked.
As you can read, our next book will be ‘It’s kind of a funny story’ by Ned Vizzini.
Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job-Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That’s when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn’t brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
I’m sorry to mention that the author of this book, Ned Vizzini, commited suicide on December 19th, 2013. Like the main character in the book, Vizzini suffered from depression. All the more reason to read it.