It's Kind Of A Funny StoryPaperback - 2007
Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job-Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig 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, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, 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. For a novel about depression, it's definitely a funny story.
From Library Staff
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
CRRL_RachelPlacchetti Oct 06, 2016
Facing overwhelming pressures at school, a Brooklyn teen experiences growing anxiety and depression until admitting himself into a psychiatric hospital... for adults.
CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015
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... Read More »
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Sexual Content: Sexual refernces, but they aren't thouroughly explained. Some sexual situations, but they are very minor.
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.
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“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”
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