fiction · mental health · YA

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long, but I just couldn’t get around to it, but I finally picked it up and I am so glad that I did.

This book is about a fifteen year old boy named Craig who is having certain mental difficulties. He lives in New York and he got into this really important, hard, acclaimed business school, but since the day he started it, he sort of got “bad”. He started feeling really depressed and he couldn’t deal with school and just general everyday life really. He spends most of his time with his friends chillin’ (aka smoking pot), and just doesn’t deal with life really. He stops eating, he can’t sleep and just gets into this dark place. He eventually starts to think about killing himself, but instead of going through with it, he calls a suicide hotline, which refers him to a hospital. He goes there and checks himself in, and actually spends five days in an adult psychiatric ward. This is the story of him coming to turns with his problems and also about his time in the hospital.

I really, really, REALLY loved this book. It was pretty amazing. I really liked the main character. He felt real. And I thought that it was great that he was a person who struggled with depression and other difficulties, but still managed to come off as a no-fuss guy really. And he was a smart and witty guy and just a relatable and likable character. He made a great narrator.

I also really liked the secondary characters. They were genuine, vivid and contributed so much to the story. And I really appreciated that they didn’t become just a representation of their illness, there was more depth to them.

I also loved how this was written, it was strong, on point, and really showed what goes on through a person’s head when they are struggling with these kinds of problems.

The only thing that slightly annoyed me was that the first third of the book was quite slow in pace, but after that it picked up and became really amazing, so it’s all good.

This had really solid mental illness representation, so I was really pleasantly surprised. You don’t come around that often, so I tend to like those books by default.

This was a great read, I really enjoyed would recommend it to everyone because it was amazing.

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