Ned Vizzini, while I never actually met him, was one of the closest people in my heart. His book, "It's Kind Of a Funny Story", gave me strength and hope when other words couldn't. He understood real problems and put them into explanatory words when I didn't know how and this book made me understand myself as well as Craig. Hearing of his passing was a blow to the chest, but I will never forget one of the greatest teen writers of all. Ned, and Craig, will always be in my heart.