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It's Kind of a Funny Story (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Ned Vizzini

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Title:It's Kind of a Funny Story
Authors:Ned Vizzini
Info:Disney-Hyperion (2007), Paperback, 448 pages
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Tags:ya lit, depression, suicide, high school, psychiatric hospital, humor, coming of age, psychiatric institutions, ned vizzini

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It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (2006)


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I would rate this 3.5 stars if Goodreads had half stars.. I enjoyed reading it but felt the ending lacked something. The voice of the book seemed authentic but then ending just seemed like it was too short of time for the main character to get better... Like he wasn't really recovering but maybe becoming a little manic? Not sure but then when I read the author's biography, I found out he died a few years ago by committing suicide and suffered with clinical depression his whole life (he was only 32 years old). He used a lot of his real life to write this book, from a time in his early 20s that he spent in a psych ward. It made the book make a bit more sense and, unfortunately, gave me little hope for the main character. Hopefully, in this fictional world, he gets the long-term help he needs... and it works... ( )
  mleivers | Aug 29, 2016 |
Perhaps I'm too old for it, but I found it childish and silly. ( )
  RoxyWilde | Jun 27, 2016 |
A great read. Well-written, insightful to a psyche, and interesting. I felt like I really got Craig, and everyone was ... I feel like I'm going to repeat the same words over and over. This looks really good. It also looks like the movie isn't true to this book, which is a shame, the messages were great and really strong. Yes, yes, yes. This book hits home. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 13, 2016 |
The thing is, there's a lot about this book that I liked very much. How it's a probably fairly accurate depiction of what depression can be like, but also playfully told, beautifully written, enjoyable. That's a huge thing to do.

But then. Half of the book is crappy romance, and/or Craig demonstrating what a really, really male male protagonist he is.

And, worse, this oh so sweet story features the worst bit of "casual" transphobia I've read in a long time now. You remember Jennifer/Charles? Now, we don't even learn if they are gender fluid, female or actually (as everybody seems to think) male with a thing for dressing up as a woman. That's because they're nothing more than a prop to tell us how very, very crazy that place is. Disgusting, but ok, hardly surprising. But then there's this really long thing about their adam's apple being hidden by their shirt.

And, surprise surprise, when Craig gets to make out with Noelle he kisses her neck and notices how there is no adam's apple. Yeah? Ok? People notice stuff about people? But no, he goes on to think how that's because she's a real girl. Ouch! No, not ok.

No, maybe it's incidental and not linked to Jennifer/Charles at all. But remember how in the beginning, Craig is thinking about depression being speech without verbs, only nouns, and in the end he's all about LIVING ALL THESE VERBS? Yeah, maybe not that incidental. Ned Vizzini wrote beautifully even when he wrote intolerable, hateful bullshit.

Or maybe it's ok because HEY, REALISM, but then again it is heavily implied that Craig gets better because he gets a girlfriend. Love can cure everything, love gets the verbs back into your life, whatever. And this is so obviously cliché and not how brains work for most people that a slightly less cissexist than average protagonist really doesn't seem that far off by comparison.

What a pity, but for me all that really turned It's Kind of a Funny Story from a great book into an annoying waste of time. ( )
  kthxy | May 6, 2016 |
This book's been on my radar for the longest time (I love a good mental health novel) and HOORAY, it was so worth the wait! First of all, let me say that it's quite refreshing to read one of these stories from the perspective of an average guy; not a painfully innocent or shy boy, or a kooky girl, but a regular, testosterone-driven, vaguely worldly fifteen year-old who likes video games, pot and jerking off. Craig's description of his five days in a mental hospital, which he checks himself into after a long battle with depression and a night of suicidal crisis - is not only pithy, warm and very realistic (it is drawn from Vizzini's own experiences), it is also, as the title suggest, really kind of funny. It's filled with wonderful characters and it's possibly the most relatable mental health novel I've read yet; I've scrawled so many notes and hearts and stars in the margin to mark passages to go back to next time I need to feel that I'm not alone and that other people have had the same weird thoughts as I'm having. I also watched the movie adaptation, which is quite faithful to the book and put a big smile on my face by the time the credits rolled. Highly recommended! ( )
  elliepotten | Apr 1, 2016 |
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"Insightful and utterly authentic...this is an important book."
added by Awesomeness1 | editThe New York Times Book Review
"A book about depression that's not the least bit depressing."
added by Awesomeness1 | editTeen Vogue
"Funny...[Vizzini] supplies personal insights and a clever, self-deprecating tone that make the book and entertaining read."
added by Awesomeness1 | editThe Washingston Post
"The wise, witty narrator and sensitive handling of a hot topic should win over older teens- and their parents"
added by Awesomeness1 | editPeople Magazine
"It's terrific: funny, incisive, disarming."
added by Awesomeness1 | editNew York Magazine
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To my mom. You knew you'd get one sooner or later, and seeing as they're so hard to do, I figured we'd better make it sooner. I love you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 078685197X, Paperback)

Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job—Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does.  That’s when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig 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, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, 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. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story.

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A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

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