148. It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini

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Title: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Author: Ned Vizzini

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Contemporary

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

( Goodreads 2015)

This book had been on my radar with good notions since I got into reading YA lit, and I won myself a copy of it in a giveaway hosted by the lovely Rachel over at Confessionsofabookgeek.

In this book, Vizzini tells one of the first widely accepted YA perspective on what it means to suffer from a mental illness, specifically depression. And he does it in a balanced and empathetic way. The story follows Craig as he goes from an ambitious academic high flyer to an unstable adolescent who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, and all of the issues and expectations that come with that type of pressure and stigma.

While I feel this is an important book with a lot to say, and it probably has helped a lot of people and will continue to do so, it did lose some points for me personally along the way. I struggled to connect with any of the characters and at times I felt like cement was moving quicker than the plot. However, I still enjoyed and finished the book overall and would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a book to remind them. What it may remind them of is ultimately upto them, but it may help them through whatever struggle they are currently going through.

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8 thoughts on “148. It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini

  1. I watched the movie adaptation today and I really enjoyed it. Have you seen it, and if so, how do you think it compares to the book? I haven’t read the book but I’m definitely considering it. Do you think I should read it as well? 🙂

  2. I’ve had this on my shelf for a while now, and really should make time for it. Have you seen the movie? I’m wondering how they compare.

    • thebookheap says:

      me too, I’ve not seen the movie yet but it is on my list now since I didn’t dislike the book- I’ll be interested to see any differences between the two!

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