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It's Kind of A Funny Story

Vizzini, Ned, 1981-

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
It's Kind of A Funny Story
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A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Publisher: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books For Children, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0786851961
9780786851966
Branch Call Number: FIC V
Characteristics: 444 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: It is kind of a funny story

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“It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself,” are the opening words to Ned Vizzini’s insightful novel on the pressures that come with ambition and everything that comes with those pressures. It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the story of Craig Gilner, a teen who recently got accepted into Manhattan’s most prestigious Executive Pre-Professional high school. Determined to become successful in life and get into the right college, he soon crumbles under the stress of this highly demanding school. Unlike his friends who also attend the school, Craig begins to isolate himself from his friends, stops eating, and stops sleeping. Then one night, he almost commits suicide. He then calls a suicide hotline and checks himself into a psychiatric ward. There he meets an array of different people, some of which he becomes friends with and some he even develops feelings for. This stay is hard for Craig and his growing anxiety, because while trying to recover, all he can think about is the school work that’s piling up on his desk. Over time, he learns to deal with his anxiety, and must also deal with his problems outside the ward: his family, friends, and the rumors going around school.
Vizzini handles the topic of depression wonderfully, making a seemingly depressing book full of outbursts of comedy, romance, and drama. The title, “It’s kind of a funny story,” sets a tone of lightness but depth to this book. Both teens and adults alike will find comfort in his words, no matter if you can relate to Craig’s situation or not. This author teaches people that depressed people are not “strange” because they are depressed. They are “strange” because human beings are “strange” and those who are depressed just happen to be human beings. Because of the witty narrating and beautiful message, It’s Kind of a Funny Story will always have a special place on my bookshelf and in my heart.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book manages to illuminate a real modern issue of the amount of pressure that smart, hardworking teenagers put on themselves in order to feel validated. Rather than shove his message in the reader’s face, he balances it with subtle humor and a realistic teenage character. Craig sometimes fall prey to the weaknesses of being young, but he tries to do the best that he can.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/kind_funny_story_vizzini

R.I.P.
Ned Vizzini
April 4, 1981-December 19,2013

So sad to hear the author lost HS battle with depression

Nov 29, 2013
  • FirePit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AWESOME book no doubt about that!!

Sep 01, 2013
  • jlim_lee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really honest and heartfelt, taking up realistic situations. Despite that it can be somehow tragic and sorrowful, it is also humorous as the characters are so quirky and somehow clever. One of the things I really loved about this book was that Ned Vizzini didn't just take stereotypes of people who may be depressed but made something unique and special from real kids these days. Inspiring.

Aug 20, 2013
  • mvd22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Its such a great book! i loved it! I would recommend this to anyone. (:

Aug 02, 2013
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In my own opinion, i don't think it is funny....

Jun 09, 2013
  • Blue_Frog_43 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book made me laugh, cry, reconsider my views on people with mental illness and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of books by John Green and Sara Zarr as well as Perks of Being a Wallflower. The book is very different from the movie and while I enjoyed both I much perfer the book

Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good book. It shows that to get to the top, sometimes you have to get to the bottom first. I think it is great for teens and adults, but it isn't my favourite book.

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Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Sexual refernces, but they aren't thouroughly explained. Some sexual situations, but they are very minor.

Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout.

Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The whole book can be kind of depressing. In the institute, soem people tried to commite suicide, and that is why they are in the hospital.

Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: In the hospital, some people will fight with others.

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Nov 29, 2013
  • FirePit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 02, 2013
  • Sounddrive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 26, 2013
  • bookgeek101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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May 02, 2013
  • Sounddrive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It'll come to ya!"

Jun 13, 2012
  • Ambiii rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'Do you like music?' 'Do you like breating?'

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