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"Insightful and utterly authentic...this is an important book" - The New York Times,
This review is from: It's Kind of a Funny Story (Paperback)
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. And I loved the ending and the overall "moral of the story" - go after what you love and believe in, not what is expected of you or what you think is expected of you. Such a simple thing as what you choose to study or what school you choose to go to can affect your entire outlook on life. It's pretty cool.
Ned Vizzini captured every individual's reality perfectly within a fifteen year old kid - I'm impressed. I look forward to reading his other books.