Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review | It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Goodreads Summary

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. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He 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, 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.

So I've picked this book up on a whim, I was feeling incredibly sad and unproductive that I needed somebody to be going through the same thing that I was going through and what better way to share an experience than with a book?
First off, this book was on my TBR for SOOO long and I couldn't find it anywhere where I lived. My bf knew that and he was amazing enough to get it for me as soon as he found it. (thank you♥, even though I know you aren't reading this). Anyways, so after months of having it on my shelves, I finally picked it up. 

I must say I would've enjoyed this book much more if I read it in 3 or 4 sittings, but it took me a month to finish it. I was extremely busy during the month April with finals and I had so little time for reading. Although it took me a long time, I felt the urge to sit down and read and not put it down, but I had to. So, it's not the book's fault at all.

This book deals with depression in a very clear and realistic way. It doesn't sugar-coat the experience nor exaggerate it. It's a depiction of a real life experience and that is what the book says at the back of it. As you might know, Ned Vizzini himself spent 5 days in an adult psychiatric ward before committing suicide. 

I loved the writing and I loved that the book was pretty much character driven. It was simple and easy to read and I found myself being completely indulged in the story. I loved the character development that Craig went through from start to finish. It shows how much a person can evolve and how somebody with so much issues resolves the situation and gets through the tough times, because life doesn't stop there.

At first, I was unsure about this, because it was just sad and it made me shed some tears, but the ending was very redeeming. I have to mention that in the beginning, it was much more interesting, but I couldn't stop smiling in the end. This is a book about depression that makes you happy. I loved that this was a guide on how to deal with depression and how you should take action in case you're suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. 

Lastly, I admire the cover of this book and how it correlates with the story. When I found out the meaning of the cover, my smile grew bigger and I grew fonder of this book. Also, the color yellow resembles the walls and pretty much everything at the ward and I loved that they chose the color yellow, because it's just a very happy color.

If you have read this book, please tell me in the comments below! Or if it's on your TBR :)

Have an amazing day everybody


  1. Ohhhhhh I think I've heard off this book before or maybe I've heard of Ned? It sounds sad and moving. I don't know if I would read it, because of what happened to Ned at the end, kind of creeps me out. But I'm glad you really enjoyed it! Makes me curious about it, to be honest :)

    1. You definitely did! It has been turned into a movie.. Idk how I forgot to mention that in my review hahaha
      You should try it out sometime.. maybe in the far future, that's okay as well :)
      Thank you gorgeous!

  2. This is one of my favourite books ever! I love what you were saying about the cover because I felt exactly the same way; it's so great when you finally discover the meaning behind a cover from the novel itself!
    I was incredibly sad to here that the author had passed away due to suicide but it just enforces the realness we feel in the novel as he clearly knew what the protagonist was feeling as he's been there himself. This is such an important book yet it hasn't received as much recognition as it should have!
    Have you seen the film adaptation by the way?


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