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  • 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 (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ned Vizzini began writing for "The" "New York Press" at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he had his first book published, "Teen Angst? Naaah" . Ned is also the author of "Be More Chill," the first young adult novel ever chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick, as well as one of "Entertainment Weekly's" Top Ten Books for 2004. Ned lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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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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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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I have had It’s Kind Of A Funny Story on my radar for a little while now. I’m always fascinated to read books that tackle mental illness. I was particularly intrigued to read this book, because it was inspired by Ned Vizzini’s experiences of being hospitalised for depression. I read this book with some sadness, because in December of last year, Ned Vizzini committed suicide. Depression is a terrible illness and I still don’t think it’s really understood by those that haven’t had it or those that haven’t known someone suffering.

I think one of the reasons why this book has been so successful is that it feels incredibly authentic. From drawing on his own experience, Ned Vizzini has created a very real outlook on depression. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as mentioned in the synopsis, there are some humorous elements within the story.

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story centres around 15 year old Craig. Craig has felt so much pressure in his life and it’s all spiralling out of control. He has pressure from all sides including his family, his friends and his school that he worked so hard to get into. Craig gets to the point where he is considering suicide. He calls a helpline who encourage him to admit himself to hospital. Craig is admitted to a psychiatric ward where he meets some interesting characters and claws his way out of his depression. I thought it was important that the author showed that it wasn’t easy for Craig. Depression isn’t something that a person can easily ‘cure’.

This book really does take the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of depression, with an author that really understood what it felt like.
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It’s Kind of a Funny Story is about fifteen year-old Craig who suffers from depression and after having suicidal thoughts, calls a suicide helpline and gets admitted into a psychiatric hospital. In there, he meets a whole range of patients, suffering from different mental conditions. He tries to make the most of his time but more importantly, he tries to get better and turn his life around.

This book has been on my TBR list for some time and I bought myself a copy not long ago and finally got around to reading it and what an outstanding read it was. Craig’s depression is very much the fore-thought of the entire novel, written from Craig’s POV but it was extremely eye-opening to read abour how Craig percieves his world. I did feel for him, and didn’t want him to go through what he went through and thoroughly rooted for him to finally find happiness.

The other characters in the hospital were absolute gems and I think, helped Craig towards his road of recovery. They were fantastically written characters; ranging from a transvestite, a nutty college-professor, a Egyptian who never leaves his room and a girl who cut her own face with a pair of scissors. Although obviously quite tragic cases, they definitely bring an element of humour to an otherwise quite dark story.

That’s one of the most prominant things about this novel for me; is the fact that despite the sensitve topic the novel revolves around, it’s actually quite humerous in more ways than one. It was a fairly light-hearted story, with it’s darker scenes of course but not a story to stray from thinking it’s too, in need of a better word, “depressing”.
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