By the time I finished this book, I was in tears. Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. 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. I read this in less than 24 hours. 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? Critics recognized many themes in It's Kind of a Funny Story, such as being yourself, and finding out who you are. He was married to Sabra Embury. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint—it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. It is mostly based on the author, Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. It had me laughing out loud a couple of times, but I wouldn't describe it as hilarious to be honest. Once Craig has recovered, his counselor suggests he transfer to an art school, a thought that excites him. [1] Ned Vizzini later died by suicide[2] on December 19, 2013. The film starred Keir Gilchrist as Craig, along with Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz, and Lauren Graham. I kept trying to excuse the narrator--he's fifteen, he's sheltered, he's a stupid kid who wants to have sex with every female-bodied person he encounters (minus the poor ones, duh)--but that's not fair to fifteen year old boys. For such a moving and detailed look at an important subject, I can't believe how little I've heard about this book. May 1st 2007 Craig meets a female patient, Noelle, who coped with a history of abuse by cutting her face with scissors. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story. I love this book with all my heart. Usually always. 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. "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",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 September 2020, at 04:45. 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. Maybe its because you know that in the end Craig is going to be okay. Young Adult books seem to have a few formulas: divorce, unrequited love, death of a parent, self-transformation, and as of late... vampires. However, he is scared of telling his father the same, who considers people at art school "messed up". DNF at page 155 for personal reasons. "[9] Brabander also agreed when she wrote, "Vizzini spent 5 days himself in a psychiatric hospital, which inspired him to write this book."[8]. 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. He returns home at the novel's end, with a new energy to live life. [3], A film adaptation, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, was released in the United States on October 8, 2010.[4]. The book received recognition as a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association. The novel is set in the present day, and is narrated by Craig Gilner, an incisive, imaginative, troubled fifteen year-old who resembles Vizzini himself.. 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. I was in Cuba on the beach and all I wanted to do was read this piece of art. I guess knowing that the author committed suicide himself made this book feel a little more morose. Because this end is full of hope, and this hope wasn't enough for the author, and it breaks my heart to know some people won't ever recover from depression. Vizzini stated, "It's Kind of a Funny Story was based on my real life and is 85% true. [10] This will mark the second musical adaptation of one of Vizzini’s novels, the first being Be More Chill. 4 1/2 stars. While I could relate to this book on some levels... there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me. or very sad or something like that? 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. [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. He is apprehensive about going back to school and talks to his psychiatrist, Dr. Minerva, about this. He feels alienated and unable to fit in. 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. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. Refresh and try again. Published in 2006, Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story confronts weighty issues—in particular, teen depression and suicide—through an unexpected combination of dark comedy and abiding hope. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. He is initially taken aback and feels he doesn't belong in a loony bin. In respectful acknowledgment of Vizzini's suicide on 19 December 2013, I have cleared my rating of his book and removed my review. The book received recognition as a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association. His stress eventually manifests itself in an eating disorder, affected sleep habits, and suicidal thoughts. When he gets accepted into the Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig believes he is headed on the right track. All I can say is, that it's still such an important read and one of all-time favorite books. I really cannot say in any words how much this book helped me in my life. 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. It's been recommend to me for YEARS and I have no idea why I've been putting it off for so long. Jennifer Brabander, an author in The Horn Book Magazine, stated, " A bulk of this novel (which is based in part on Vizzini's own experience) remains believable. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. 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. Once admitted, however, he becomes overwhelmed by the school's intense academic pressure. I had read it many times between that and the last time I read it, sometime last year, when I felt almost exactly like the main character in this book did. 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. Yes, it takes place in a mental institution but it has some comical undertones to it so that helps. I didn't have any problem reading it and I loved it. Start by marking “It's Kind of a Funny Story” as Want to Read: Error rating book. "[8] Ned Vizzini also agreed with this statement when James Blasingame interviewed him. I really cannot describe how much this books means to me. 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. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. I was very interested in this one though as the author lost his life to the disease, and I can see through his character Craig the author had so much going on in his mind, but what a clever guy he must have been.