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It's Kind of a Funny Story [Paperback]

Ned Vizzini
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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; Reprint edition (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078685197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786851973
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depression and Humour! 9 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I first picked up this book because I was struggling with depression myself and was curious how it would be portrayed in this young adult novel.
First of all I was really surprised at how many of the protagonist's feelings and situation mirrored my own. It seems that Ned Vizzini has accomplished the feat of putting emotions into words in this refreshing novel.
In the story Craig has found his life becoming too much for him, feeling immense pressure from all angles such as his family, friends and teachers. He cannot cope to the point that he considers committing suicide. Instead however he admits himself into the psychiatric ward of his hospital. While there he meets a number of charming and troubled characters and tries to find his way back from the depths of depression. Never an easy task!
What I enjoyed most about this book was how the author not only dealt with the despair of mental illness in such a way that it isn't trivialised or melodramatic, but also managed to inject some humour into the story. Craig is such good representation of what it's like to be a teenager today and you may find some of his predicaments familiar and amusing. Craig's fellow patients in the hospital are also hilarious and will change you ideas of what people with mental illness are really like.
Finally I must point out that the story feels very authentic throughout, which is largely because the author himself has been there and experienced the highs and lows of life and depression. So I urge you to give this book a go. Especially if you are suffering from mental illness, read and know that you are not alone and it can get better!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 10 Aug 2012
By Leah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I personally love a big book, and this defiantly was. but unlike some big books its doesn't drag on. already after a few chapters you feel like you know Craig. the story gives more details on the issue of depression and even if you don't have serious depression we all feel depressed at some point in our lives so its very relatable. it puts a humorous spin on a serious subject but not in a bad way, but a way that makes it more enjoyable to read. I have already read it 5 times and cant wait to read it for the 6th.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Ned Vizzini has a distinct advantage over other authors who write about teen depression, attempted suicide, and the ins and outs of psychiatry--as a teen he was clinically depressed and even spent time in a psychiatric hospital. That experience has allowed Mr. Vizzini to bring to life the kinds of situations that were once largely absent in teen fiction; that of the fact that not all teens are happy, spontaneous, happy-go-lucky youths.

For Craig Gilner, gaining acceptance into the elite Executive Pre-Professional High School in Manhattan is not the end of his problems, but only the beginning. All the studying, the cramming, the all-nighters he pulled to get high marks in his old high school and ace his entrance exam now seem mediocre, at best, at his new school. Craig realizes quite early on that he's not brilliant, he's not at the top of his class--he is, in fact, average. For a guy who worked as hard as Craig did, with such obsessive determination, this is a blow not just to his ego, but to his very soul.

Craig soon finds himself unable to eat, unable to sleep, unable to find joy in just about everything. As he realizes he's clinically depressed, he tells his shrink--excuse me, psychiatrist--that his only joy in life comes from peeing. Yes, peeing. You go in, you get it done, you accomplish what you set out to do, and you're finished. It's pretty sad that going to the bathroom seems to be the highlight of his day (he even manages to stretch each trip out to about five minutes), but it's also the truth.

Dr. Minerva, for $120/hour, is attempting to help Craig figure out exactly why he's depressed and how to overcome it. But Craig no longer thrives on a life of complexity; for him, life is a nightmare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing! 2 Dec 2012
By K
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I think people discard the idea of teen depression quite easily, thinking 'You're 15, you can't be clinically depressed'. But in It's Kind of a Funny Story, it's easy to have that thought moved out of anyone's mind. Craig is a clinically depressed 15 year old boy, struggling with school and life. To him life is a nightmare and on a night of almost-suicide, he checks himself into a voluntary physch-hospital. Here, he learns to deal and cope with his depression.
Ned Vizzini is amazing with words - I was constantly highlighting his words of wisdom - and even better at keeping the tone light even within a serious topic. To be honest, this is my new favorite book and I will definetly be buying more of his books. I recommend it to everyone and anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 July 2012
By Chloe
Format:Paperback
One of the best books I've read, totally gripping & I did not want to put it down. Definitely matches up to the film, would highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 28 May 2012
By Flo
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I saw the film first and adored it (with Keir Gilchrist, Zach galifianakis, and Emma Roberts), which prompted me to read the book. I'm 19, and it really hit home in terms of pressure and depression, and all that Craig - the main character - feels. It's expertly written, and would be very interesting to all ages I'm sure. I was completely engrossed in it and read it in a couple of days. Definitely recommend to anybody interested in this topic.
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