Consequently, his depression builds until, unable to fend off his suicidal ideation, he calls 1-800-SUICIDE and is admitted to a nearby psychiatric hospital. Kirkus Reviews stated that the novel addresses "the influence of peer pressure", and how depression recovery can be attributed to being oneself and "acceptance for who he is". In isolation from the outside world, and with help from Noelle, Craig confronts the sources of his anxiety and regains his health. I'm not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?”, I really want to read this this book and I will as soon as I buy it, but I still want to know, is it depressing is some kind of way? 4 1/2 stars. I woke up into a nightmare.”, “I can't eat and I can't sleep. 3 sad stars. I’m just going to put this out there, in case you have the preconceived notion - like I did - that this book is supposed to be a hilarious, slap-knee comedy about being a depressed teenager on the brink of suicide: this book really isn’t that funny, and I seriously wish it hadn’t been so desperate to be. Ned Vizzini was born on April 4, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Edison Price Vizzini. I really cannot describe how much this books means to me. To see what your friends thought of this book, Most books about depression can be a trigger and put you in a depressing mood (like Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which I couldn't even finish bec. It is mostly based on the author, Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. I read this in less than 24 hours. Usually always. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2006 novel by late American author Ned Vizzini. It's Kind of a Funny Story tells the story of Craig Gilner, a New York high school student who serves as the novel's narrator.In the early stages of the story, Craig discusses his small circle of friends, his mostly typical childhood, and his problems with stress and depression. Ned Vizzini, Writer: It's Kind of a Funny Story. The narrator, Craig Gilner, is 15 years old, and lives with his family. [3], A film adaptation, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, was released in the United States on October 8, 2010.[4]. She was hypersexualized, devious, lying, manipulative, and disconcertingly hot. Its synopsis makes it clear from the get-go that it's a book about a character going through some tough times, which isn't usually my thing because I'm of the opinion that we go through enough tough times ourselves without watching or reading about other people having it too, but I have myself gone through depression and I thought, "Well, here's your chance to read about tough times you actually identify with.". Despite its overly confident title, I failed to find the humor in , It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't my usual kind of book, to be honest. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper. DNF at page 155 for personal reasons. May 1st 2007 He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. He feels alienated and unable to fit in. Young adult novelist Ned Vizzini has died at the age of 32. While I could relate to this book on some levels... there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me. Most books about depression can be a trigger and put you in a depressing mood (like Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which I couldn't even finish because it made me feel so crappy) but this also seems to have a hopeful tone to it. I read it on a trip to Cuba with my family and I spent the whole day reading. When he gets accepted into the Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig believes he is headed on the right track. I read it for the first time when I was only twelve years old on a trip to Wisconsin and it helped me come to terms with a situation in my life I really couldn't understand. 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. Soon, however, the pressure becomes too much. Start by marking “It's Kind of a Funny Story” as Want to Read: Error rating book. by Disney-Hyperion. I didn't have any problem reading it and I loved it. Yes, it takes place in a mental institution but it has some comical undertones to it so that helps. There was a method to the madness in Craig's racy mind of mind maps, teenage angst and the depression that he was afflicted with. It took me a while to finish, but I liked it. Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. I mean I know it says that it's kind of funny but as it's also in a mental institution so I want to know, See all 45 questions about It's Kind of a Funny Story…, It's Kind of a Funny Story - Discussion Questions, It's Kind of a Funny Story - First Impressions, The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Books on Goodreads. I'm so happy I finally read this book! Welcome back. Young Adult books seem to have a few formulas: divorce, unrequited love, death of a parent, self-transformation, and as of late... vampires. Oh... and angst. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. my immediate reaction after reading this: its kind of a, I refuse to believe that writing a book from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy is any excuse for the level of transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism that defines this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Once Craig has recovered, his counselor suggests he transfer to an art school, a thought that excites him. "[8] Ned Vizzini also agreed with this statement when James Blasingame interviewed him. Chapter One It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. He is apprehensive about going back to school and talks to his psychiatrist, Dr. Minerva, about this. I refuse to believe that writing a book from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy is any excuse for the level of transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism that defines this book. However, he is scared of telling his father the same, who considers people at art school "messed up". The class work, extracurricular activities, friends, girls, email, and pot smoking become more than he can bear. "[9] Brabander also agreed when she wrote, "Vizzini spent 5 days himself in a psychiatric hospital, which inspired him to write this book."[8]. or very sad or something like that? Vizzini stated, "It's Kind of a Funny Story was based on my real life and is 85% true. "[9] Vizzini stated in his interview, "I put Craig in adult psychiatric because I actually went into adult psychiatric in November 2004. It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. "Ned Vizzini, 32, Dies; Wrote Teenage Novels", "Quick Update: IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY: Poster and New, **Wider** Release Date (October 8, 2010)", "Vizzini, Ned: It's Kind of a Funny Story", "Ned Vizzini: It's Kind of a Funny Story", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=It%27s_Kind_of_a_Funny_Story&oldid=979682149, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 September 2020, at 04:45. The book received recognition as a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association. He meets many other patients, some friendly, others reclusive or delusional, and is supported and encouraged by his family and school principal once they learn of his hospitalization. Maybe its because you know that in the end Craig is going to be okay. As of 2017, NBC Theatrical is developing a stage musical version of It's Kind of a Funny Story with music composed by Drew Gasparini, book by Alex Brightman and orchestrations by Justin Goldner. We’d love your help. It was also met with critical applause from multiple publications including the New York Times, who described it as—"Insightful and utterly authentic...this is an important book. He is elated for a brief period, and believes he is cured (what he calls "The Fake Shift")—so he decides to throw away the medicine. I love this book with all my heart. [5], The book is widely celebrated, with it being selected in 2007 by the American Library Association for its list of the Best Books for Young Adults.