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It's Kind of a Funny Story [Paperback]

Ned Vizzini
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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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: 20.7 x 14.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depression and Humour! 9 April 2012
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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53 of 57 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
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 10 Aug 2012
By Leah
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The simplicity and straight-forwardness of this book is what drew me to it the most I think. I finished reading it in 3 days, and was sad it ended too soon. Such a deep and serious topic taken and conveyed in such simple thoughts and scenarios, it was absolutely wonderful to read.

Craig is real. He's real, and he exists in all of us either now or at one point in our lives. His worries compared to the other people at the hospital are silly to say the least - but it doesn't make them any less real. He worries about his email, about his principal calling the hospital, about school and homework, about friends, about very mundane everyday things that worry all of us on a daily basis. At one point I did think to myself that this is quite ridiculous, this kid has everything going for him and he's in a mental hospital? Seriously? But then I thought about my life, all the little things that get to me on a daily basis, the sleep deprivation, lack of appetite and so on, and I thought well...I get it...I really get it. And if it were up to us, if it were that easy, we would all check ourselves into a mental hospital when we face a total breakdown.

I loved the characters, and Craig's development in the book. His family is quite amazing as well, I mean, talk about support! And Craig is such a good guy, that it just amazed me how well he was raised. He's a kid that parents would be proud of.

This book reminded me so much of Veronika Decides to Die for Paulo Coelho, without the over-dramatization. It was more realistic, and more profound in its own way. It is also I believe a book that is a lot easier for people to connect with than Coelho's books.
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Amazing book! Defiantly recommend it! xD
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was good
I gave this book 4 stars as I felt it did well in coming from a 15 year olds point of view. I decided to read this book after hearing it was based on the author who sadly took his... Read more
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This is a really important book, one that everyone should read, particularly those who are dealing with mental health issues. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've never suffered from depression or anxiety, so I thought I would find this book interesting. I thought it was very insightful and it was an eye opening experience to see how... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
I love this book, it is so entertaining and nice - best for teenagers or youngers, but I think people of every age could read this.
Published 5 months ago by Helena Tüchsen
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, but not what I was looking for.
Definitely a book for teens. Explores a young man's identity crisis and admission to a psychiatric hospital. However, the style wasn't really for me.
Published 5 months ago by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This was a really great book and I loved it. Arrived quickly, earlier than I expected and in great condition. But the size is kind ofa annoying. It is bigger than standard books.
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