Book Review, Books

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. 

I found this book, because I was watching Vlogs on youtube and I was watching Peruse Project, she is a fantastic booktuber and I love her videos. So I got this book off one of her recommendations. First thing first, the cover is beautiful and it does make me fall in love with it too! The cover just makes me fall in love, and once you read the book you realise why the cover is what it is. Even if I didn’t know I wouldn’t care because it’s a beautiful cover and I love it so much. In a vlog I just pretty much rave about the cover and how much I love it! Which if you want to see that check out my youtube channel is! Should be under contact me business.

One big thing with this story is you can tell that it is true, that it is heavily researched. But one thing that drew me to this book was the fact Ned Vizzini the author of this book, he spent small time in a mental hospital to due to depression. And then he wrote this book and you can tell. He knows what he wrote about and the best thing he kept depression normal, some people make it seem like depression is a very out there thing and it’s nice that this is normalised. Ned did very well, what the sad thing about this is in 2013 he killed himself and it was reported he did it because he was depressed. Which although very sad, it is a sad reality of what depression is, and he managed to write several books and he left behind such a legacy for us all. So that is one thing that brought me to read It’s Kind of a funny story, I hadn’t read anything like that before so it really got me interested. I’ve read something about OCD, but never depression so it was nice thing to read. And although very serious topic it was done comically which made it nice and simple and I really did love it. So on with my review.

So to start off this story is split into sections of leading up to Craig going into a mental hospital, only because the minor one is being revamped so he is put with the adults, and although he is young, he manages to fit in with them all and makes friends and he makes them all feel better in anyway he can. As well as making himself better, and at first he panics about being in the mental facility and his friends finding out and about him but he soon realises he only has to stay in for 5 days and they will try and get him into a certain routine to help him when he comes back out.

But before he is actually in there we see him trying to always study to get into a good school and then he struggles once he gets in there and just goes downhill and before he goes in the night he plans to kill himself. Instead he rings up the suicide hotline and they tell him what to do and he does it. Luckily his parents are understanding and prefer he gets help rather than kill himself.

In the mental hospital it seems so normal and just like Ned wanted it to seem, he wanted the story and depression to all seem normal. My only thought through this was I can’t wait to see what Craig does next, it wasn’t can he get better. It was what does he do next? I love the fact he finally learned what he wanted to do, as part of therapy he had to do some art classes. Someone tells him to draw something from his childhood. When he was a child he wanted to be a map maker, so this is what he does, only it’s not a map of the city or anything like that. It is a map of a brain and he manages to begin drawing for everyone and then he drops out of his smart school and moves to an art school. He realised what he wanted to do. That part of the book I was grinning like a weirdo. It was nice to see that he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. Something else with this book, is everyone has problems which really does kind of reflect real life.

That’s all for this review! I don’t want to give so much away because you must go and read this! I recommended this book! You must read it! Honestly you won’t regret it!!

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