- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions; 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 (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It's Kind of a Funny Story Paperback – 3 Apr 2007
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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!
For a book about depression, it emits the emotion of a book filled with joy. Yes, the main character, Craig, suffers from depression, BUT we as readers get to complete a journey of self discovery and human realisation that he is not alone, nor does he suffer as much as others.
However what really makes this book for me, is the amount of detail Vizzini goes into, on things that seem insignificant to us, but actually mean the whole world to the main character. For example, the description of why Craig is unable to eat, and the emotional and physical states he experiences after consuming food, is astounding.
As a 16 year old, who once suffered from depression, I can completely relate to Craig's character. However even if you, no matter your age, have never suffered from depression, chances are you will have experienced some feelings that are dealt with in this novel. And that is what makes this book so joyful and riveting - it shows us that we are not alone.
So to you, Ned Vizzini, I commend you for writing a novel that cannot be praised enough be a mere review.
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.Read more ›
It's Kind Of A Funny Story, I believe, is taken from one of Ned's personal experiences where he spent five days in a psychiatric hospital. However, the story follows a fifteen year old named Craig whose battling depression and finding it hard to come to terms with the 'shift' that should be happening, but its not. After a scary night of suicidal thoughts and suicide hotlines, Craig checks himself into the hospital and voluntarily signs up for a programme where he has to have a stay in a psychiatric unit. However, there is a twist. Craig is merely a teenager and the hospital can only hold him in the adult unit, which means for Craig, he's about to embark on a lot more mental health disorders and discover that a lot of people are 'messed up'. The story follows Craig finding himself and finding what went wrong as well as high-lighting issues for other patients within his hospital. It shows the raw highs and lows of depression as well as the oh-so-annoying stage of feeling like you're not depressed, blaming others, blaming yourself and of course assuming that the issue has gone away. But in the end, Craig finds that the issue itself was right in front of him and easier to change then he though.
The plot overall was good and really portrayed the truth of depression and mental health and the psychological effects of it and how controlling it can be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this. Craig is a likeable character who you care about from the beginning of the book. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
Now I am very sorry to state the fact that this book was well and truly awful.i have deep regards to the book given it is about depression mantel illness ect.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lucy Orr
Arrived quickly (3 days) and is now one of my favourite books!!! Deffo recommend!!Published 3 months ago by Samantha Dixon