Wednesday, 29 October 2014

It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Ned Vizzini himself stayed 5 days in an adult psychiatric unit in a Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.

Knowing that the author has gone through most things described in this book makes you feel more relaxed when reading it. You know that you're not 'crazy' if you read and think...'I felt that' or even, 'I'm going through that'. Vizzini as an author makes you feel comfortable whilst reading this book, I never once felt uncomfortable whilst reading the tragic stories of what happened to some of the characters.

Let's talk about the front cover...

Even from this delightful art you can see the book is going to have a sense of confusion to it, a lot of routes and a lot of guidance.
Weirdly, the book itself is like a diary, the way it feels, the way it looks and how thick the book is, even though it is only a short novel. This for me created a way to relate to Vizzini. It felt like it was my story and I was re-reading it.

Craig, the main character admitted himself into mental hospital because he felt he wanted to commit suicide. Only does he realise when he gets there that maybe what he feels isn't nearly as bad as some of the other patients. He feels like his problems aren't worthy of been treated. Only later does he realise he was so wrong and that the help he got was in fact the best thing that could have happened to him.

With having constant pressure of his Dad and too much cotton wool wrapped around him by his mum he feels there is no way out. As Craig aces his way into an Executive Prep school he feels he has to keep up his standards constantly, never letting his guard down. It becomes too much and he faces many problems.

For me, the book shares two things, humour and sadness. Humour because well most of them are crazy and have many problems and the contrast between Craig and the other characters can at points in the book make you laugh. Sadness because there are some very touching stories which you may or may not relate to. But Vizzini tells us these stories in such ways where we can't help but take pity on a fictional character. But maybe they aren't fictional characters, maybe Vizzini just created different names for the people who he shared those 5 days with. Maybe this is real. And that's why I created such compassion for these characters...

Even though it is an intense book it is definitely still aimed for older teens. The book has romance, confusion and adventure. It is definitely one of those books that you could read over and over again still having the same emotion at the end which is a sense of freedom and happiness even though the book is filled with sadness and despair.

My three favourite quotes from the book. These are things that could inspire you, relate to you and encourage you in a good way:

"Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That's above and beyond everything else, and it's not a mental complaint-it's a physical thing, like it's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet."

"Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out."

"People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode."


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Autumn Antics.

I must admit my creativity is lacking, especially seen as bloggers are supposed to be up on the newest trends and always posting. My apologies, I must improve really!

Many things have been exciting me these last 2 months, many of which aren't actually object but apps or tv shows. 

Firstly, the Zara app. It is so efficient and really easy to use. This is my main high street shop where I buy my clothes because they are classy yet fashionable. It not only sucks me into buying their clothes but also helps me pair outfits together. My wish list is really just too much on this app.

Weirdly, I downloaded the OS X Yosemite for my Apple Laptop. I was a bit sceptical about it but turns out I love it! The layout is really modern and everything on the dock looks really fresh and tidy. 

Last month I had a little splurge and got myself some new boots, they weren't really even needed. But I fell in love with them and they are quite easily the best thing I have bought since summer in America. 

The sole of the shoe is really thick and I know it will take a while for them to wear out. 
The heel is quite fat and big as well so it gives me a bit of height, which is always needed for a girl at the unfortunate height of 5ft3. 

Before my sister went to University she kept buying me little things to remember her by! She bought me loads of lunches and food but also journals and books!
Although I admired all of them, the most loved is an A4 sparkly turquoise lined paper book.

Candle: French Connection 
Glasses: Armani 
Book: Paperchase 

I have been 'borrowing' a lot of my sisters jewellery whilst she has been at Uni and my favourite has been her Alexander McQueen bracelet. Even though I love my hermes bracelet and my tiffany's I do love this! It's a wearable thick bangle and it's lightweight. 

You always gotta have a candle on your favourites post, what is a blog without one? This one is a Jo Malone one, it smells so good. It really uplifts a room and the smell is strong but gives a light mist through out a room. 

Out of all the 22 TV shows I watch *oops*. I have really been loving Revenge. The acting is very high end and this season story line so far is really enticing. Every season to be honest has been really good and not with one bad/boring episode. 
My last favourite is yet another TV show. One of which is a bit freaky. A bit weird. And most definitely has something psychologically wrong with it. AMERICAN HORROR STORY! I started watching this last summer and I thought to myself, "no way can this be famous. I'm really weird for watching this." Turns out it has a massive audience, so the director must have done something right! The new season has just started and it is definitely the best one yet, although I really loved season 2: Asylum.