“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Summary from Goodreads:
Craig Gilner is a gifted 15-year-old boy who works hard to get into a fiercely competitive high school, then crumbles under the intense academic pressure. Blindsided by his inability to excel and terrified by thoughts of suicide, Craig checks into a psychiatric hospital where he finally gets the help he needs. Vizzini, who himself spent a brief time in psychiatric “stir,” invests his novel with great emotional honesty. A graceful, skillful, and witty handling of a sensitive issue, this is an important book we heartily recommend for older teens.
-I liked the change of pace as far as “problems” go. Craig is an overachiever but he’s not nerdy. It’s hard to find that in books anymore.
-I loved that Craig took charge and checked himself in. Too many people don’t ever get the help they really need.
-Never having been around psych patients, I thought the author did a very good job of writing about and depicting psych problems.
-The author did a great job of getting the reader into Craig’s head with all the pressure. I almost felt like having a panic attack with everything he had to deal with.
-I didn’t know it until after I read the book but the author was in a psych hospital for a while. After getting out, he wrote this book in about a month. Knowing the author has experienced some of the problems adds to his credibility.
Rating 3/5 The book didn’t rock my world but it was a good read.
Side note: Is the movie any good? I’m really curious to hear from people who have read the book and seen the movie.