Tribute to Ned Vizzini
Ned Vizzini, some of you must be knowing and for some this name must not ring any bells. But, his story is sad yet we all should take notes form it.
Vizzini was an American author of four books in the genre young adult. He chose this genre for a reason. He has spend a lot of time in psychiatric ward when he was in his 20’s, suffering from depression. He expressed his feelings, struggles, hardships through his books.
He completed his high school from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Hunter College, Manhattan.
Based on his past experiences his book published in 2006 ‘It’s Kind Of A Funny Story’ was based on fifteen year old boy named Craig Gilner who is battling depression in a psychiatric ward and his feelings are worsened more when he can’t attend school.
It’s sad that this smiling face is not with us anymore. Ned committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off his parent’s apartment in Brooklyn, New York.
Vizzini spoke about mental health at school and libraries. He spoke at UCLA, The Dalton School, New York, Chicago Public Libraries, The National’s Council of Teachers of English, Master’s Tea at Yale.
We all should learn this one thing from Ned which I feel is very important in this modern world is that, you are going to suffer and struggle but you do not need to make the same mistake as he did because there are a lot of people who are going to face a huge loss.
This was kind of emotional for me to write about Ned because as a fellow reader it’s feels like a great loss to lose such an amazing author who has given back to back hits. We miss you Ned.