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A Note of Madness (Flynn Laukonen #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  609 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Life as a student is good for Flynn. As one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music, he has been put forward for an important concert, the opportunity of a lifetime. But beneath the surface, things are changing. On a good day he feels full of energy and life, but on a bad day being alive is worse than being dead. Sometimes he wants to compose and practice all nig ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Bodley Head
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A few months ago, I read Ms. Suzuma's book, Forbidden - which was the first book I've ever read that made me cry (not just a bit of moisture, full on tears!). Immediately I went to see what other work she had published, and picked up A Note of Madness, her debut novel.

I knew from the beginning this book would be another tough read, but it was so worthwhile. Ms. Suzuma writes with an intensity that is impossible to walk away from - I was incredibly emotionally invested in this book right from the
Tabitha Suzuma
Oct 20, 2009 Tabitha Suzuma added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Life as a student is good for Flynn. As one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music, he is put forward for a big concert, the opportunity of a lifetime. But beneath the surface, things are changing. On a good day he feels full of energy and life, but on a bad day being alive is worse than being dead. Sometimes he wants to compose and practise all night, at other times he can't even get out of bed. His flatmate Harry tries to understand but is increasingly confused by Flynn's erratic mo ...more
Annie Brewer
WOW! WOW! WOW!!!! This was awesome awesome awesome!!!! I read this in 24 hours and I was sucked in from the start. It's amazing and emotional and shows you firsthand what people with depression and bipolar go through. Their lives are so difficult and hard to imagine. I went through the highs and lows that Flynn went through. Me heart broke for him over and over again. I cried and stared wide-eyed at my kindle, my heart raced so fast at certain parts at his thoughts or when he was at his lowest. ...more
Dear Tabitha, thank you for sending me such a fabulous book!

A Note of Madness is a compelling story, very moving, heart-breaking, emotional and a gripping read!

For someone who works with young people in education I found this story very helpful and informative on the subject of mental illness.

Tabitha loves to chalenge herself with taboo themes. Her style of writing totally draws you in to Flynn's world and makes you really understand how he is feeling. Honestly and beautifully written.

Overall: 4
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I read Tabitha Suzuma’s ‘Forbidden’ last year. I liked it so much that I wanted to explore other works of hers. Whenever I discover a new writer and like one of her/his works, I try to read the first book of that writer. So I thought I will get Tabitha Suzuma’s first book, ‘A Note of Madness’. I finished reading it yesterday. Here is what I think.

‘A Note of Madness’ is about a classical music student, Flynn. Flynn discovers one day that his emotional state moves to sudden extremes. One day he fe
Jess Lister
Don't get me wrong- I loved this book. It was a great read, really gripping and at times I was really moved. Flynn's journey through colour and illness with all it's up's and down's was enthralling, but at times I found myself quite frustrated with the book- I felt it wasn't very realistic and moved too quickly. Although understandably most of the emphasis is on Flynn, I wanted much more development in some of the other characters- I felt they were just props rather than actual features and it b ...more
The writing is amazing. It starts with the musings about madness in the prologue, and it just doesn’t end. I devoured the book, submerged myself in its emotions and felt every one of them. Suzuma writes amazingly about both the ups and the downs – the fevered excitement just exudes from the page, and the lonely despair grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Another thing I really enjoyed about the writing was that every description was laced with memories. I’ve said before that I’m not a very visual pers
Joy (joyous reads)
Have you ever wondered how madness begin? Is it really just a chemical imbalance that a mere prescribed pill can stave off? Since he was four years old, Flynn had always known music is in his future. Some could consider him as a virtuoso - but that's not how he sees himself. His days are a cycle of crippling depression and brilliant music composition. When he was chosen to play at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, pressure builds to an explosive point as he struggles to keep his insanity away.

Ringo The Cat
The cat had Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden in her Amazon basket for a while before she finally ordered it (much of this was due to Joanna Kenrick who suggested reading some of Suzuma’s writings). Anyways, the cat’s a bit autistic, so instead of reading the current cult hit Forbidden first, she decided to start with Suzuma’s debut A Note of Madness.
Flynn is talented pianist at the Royal College of Music in London, he’s got a small circle of good friends, a loving family, but when he starts to prepar
This book is by the author of Forbidden and the main reason that I fell in love with that book, and Tabitha Suzuma, was the ability to really see in Lochan's head and feel the mental illness from a first hand perspective. I remember saying something in my review of Forbidden about the first half of that book really focusing on Lochan and I could have read an entire book of just that. Well A Note of Madness is that book I was hoping for! So why did I give it 4 stars when I gave Forbidden 5 stars? ...more
*.Amaia.* Team Derry :)
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Jojo (bookishmadness)
This book.....I LOVE IT.I LOVE IT.I.LOVE.IT.
It's a beautiful madness,crazy,energetic and dramatic.
I love everything about this book,the story,the characters,the challenge,the trauma,EVERYTHING.
At first,when Flynn was going all loco because of the concert before I knew
about "Bi Polar Disorder" he reminded me of the movie Black Swan,I thought
he was just seeking for the non-existent perfection like Natalie Portman.
Then,I thought with all the mood swings,that he's schizophrenic.
Harry,is just the bes
3 stars (I don`t know how to rate this novel at all )

so this is the second novel that I read by Tabitha Suzuma Tabitha Suzuma

First this author is really good writer and storyteller like she knows exactly what being bipolar patient like ... and her descriptions of all the emotions that Flyn felt was so good

I really felt boring after reading the half of this novel everything kept going from bad to worst and good thing happened only at the end (thanks God this novel is short
Anne Nikoline
My expectations was sky high to this book and it didn't disappoint me at all. You get a really intense insight in what you can go from being well to mentally ill and it means.

I instantly felt connected with Flynn, besides from the talent his just an ordinary guy which means that this sickness could happen to everybody.

There's so many powerful scenes which is unforgettable and even thought I found it difficult with connection to the book when I first picked it up, I'd a hard time putting it dow
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It's hard to define madness. It's an easy step-over from sanity. I think it happens to everyone, at least once in our lives. Flynn's madness pushes him over, way over the edge. And the whole spiralling-downwards experience is what the book chronicles. There are no minced words, no twists and turns, it's probably the most straight-cut book I've read. Flynn loses his mind and how.

After I read Forbidden, I had an overwhelming urge to connect with the
Nina Higson-Sweeney
Usually when I go to write my review, I have an idea of what I am going to rate it. But not with this book. Suzuma is definitely one of my favourite authors, and what I mostly love about her books is that she somehow manages to really capture the essence of what its like to be a teenager in these complicated situations, and I honestly felt myself cringing at parts of this book because I could relate so much to them. I guess that's really what makes me want to rate it a 9 - not because I didn't t ...more
The question now is whether or not I go on to read A Voice in the Distance. I like where this one ended. Why ruin my illusion that Flynn managed to beat his beast of a disease with Jennah by his side? Why subject myself to another Forbidden-esque breakdown? Whyyyyy?

Because I'm an incorrigible masochist, that's why. And as long as Flynn and Jennah don't end up like Lochan and Maya, I'm inclined to give the sequel a go...eventually.
Author Tabitha Suzuma perfectly captures the thought process of mental illness while maintaining a sense of humor and lightheartedness throughout the story. The contrast of young, free adventure within college-age students, with a serious, somber tone of certain parts within protagonist Flynn's life: creating an attention capturing and easy to enjoy storyline. Backed by the range of serious, supporting, and some downright silly characters, that are easily likeable and easy to find personal conne ...more
Angelica San Juan
This is the first time I have read Suzuma's work, and I can say that the book was great if not entirely amazing. I didn't feel so much from the book, maybe it was just me for some reason. I struggled on finishing this book not because it wasn't good, maybe I was just not in the right mood to feel so much from. I honestly felt like I was pushing myself through with it, but I'm glad I managed quite well on finishing it within a week and a half. Maybe if I read it again next time I'll be able to ge ...more
Roanne Araneta
He just looked at her and smiled...

That is so creepy.

But it's funny too actually. I really like Flynn. Though I must say he's not exactly the book-boyfriend type, nonetheless I find him quite adorable especially when he's crying or becomes too shy and ocassionally when he's manic.

Ah so this is what it's like to be bipolar.
Nov 30, 2011 Suchevane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suchevane by: Liz
Shelves: to-buy
Wow!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! Wasn't sure i'd like it, honestly, but my friend raved about it, and i'm glad i read it! Gotta add it to my collection!
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Noshin Choudhury
Utterly compelling.
Watching Flynn unravel in his highs and lows is watching a train crash with utter sadness for the passengers inside, but not being able to turn away.
Psychological books are close to my heart, so this was right up my street.
It's written so well, encompassing both Manic and especially Depressive spot on. You feel his train of thoughts run away with you, although from an out side perspective you're aware its the illness, it's the high or the low, you're still swept away by the
This was a powerful book, made more powerful but its uncomplicated writing. It did take me a little while to get started with this book but once I did it was very easy to read. For me this is important to the story because it shows how easily mental illness can become part of you life. Flynn was a perfectly happy and normal student who was hit out of nowhere with Bipolar. He goes from manic highs to immobilizing lows and his descriptions allow you to feel the emotional journey and how sudden it ...more
Tabitha Suzuma never ceases to amaze me. How do you make something that seems dull to a regular person into something beautiful? I LOVE her writing skills. I absolutely adore how she captures the beauty of what surrounds us into words.

A Note of Madness is a beautiful story, not what Flynn (main character) goes through but rather how Tabitha Suzuma wrote it in such a rich way. I could identify with Flynn (I'm not bipolar) but the phases he went through: the highs and lows, the hyper, creative mom
As with the first book of hers that I've read, Tabitha Suzuma has made me all jealous of her writing ability. That way she has to enable her readers to *feel* everything her main character feels is downright amazing. I envy that skill. I want it.

A Note of Madness is Ms. Suzuma's debut novel, and I was lucky enough to receive a personalized signed one from the fanfiction contest! I'd been wanting to read this book for some time but just hadn't gotten around to ordering it. Truth be told, I was ki
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma is a really hard-hitting read. It wasn't easy reading about Flynn's experiences with bipolar disorder, and at times I felt almost overwhelmed with emotion whilst reading this book. So much of what Flynn experiences and feels are portrayed in such a way that it was very difficult for me to separate myself from Flynn. Despite having no previous experience with manic depression, I really felt like I had a much better understanding after reading A Note of Madness ...more
Joshua Boiser
I have never read a book before that epitomizes depression and bipolar disorder this accurate and genuine. Flynn was so emotionally disturbed that it had gotten to the point that his sheer existence made him mull over taking his own life. The unmitigated pressure from his upcoming concert and his friends and society had crushed him and he has become irreparably broken. All he felt like doing was to cry and soak his pillows with his tears and sleep and drift away. Tabitha Suzuma has beautifully p ...more
Vicki Keire
I love Tabitha Suzuma. She's a writer of rare talent who clearly pours herself into her work. It's rare to find a writer with such a distinct sense of self and voice in her fiction. In this sense, she reminds me very much of Cormac McCarthy in that she has such a distinct prose style. This is her debut novel. We follow Flynn, a musical prodigy, as he struggles with the pressures of an extremely competitive music academy. We also get a front row seat as he descends into madness. Suzuma manages to ...more
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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Ag
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“I would give anything to escape myself, Flynn thought, just for a day, just for a minute even. Just to know what it was like to think differently, to feel differently, and to not be me.” 31 likes
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