It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Published By: Disney-Hyperion
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
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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.
*sigh* This book..
I’m going to start this review off by saying that I don’t think that anything I write will do this book justice. It was absolutely wonderful.
I have never related to a character as much as I related to Craig. In high school, I was straight A student taking advanced classes but when I got to college, I was just average. It was a tough thing to swallow and much like Craig, I only made it through one year of college and the extreme pressure that I put on myself made me quite sick and I ended up being hospitalized for a few days. It’s just the best feeling when you can perfectly relate to a character.
Everyone in this book was just so.. “normal,” ironically enough. Nobody was over exaggerated to emphasize their mental disorder, Vizzini presented these characters as they were and it was great.
And for a heavy book, the humor in this was so refreshing. I found myself actually laughing out loud like a maniac.
Read this book. Read this book. Read this book. Read this book. Read this book. Read this book.
Still not convinced?
Read this book.
(Rest in Peace, Ned Vizzini.)