He begins to appreciate the little things that make him happy. 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. He realizes his art makes him feel good and wishes to pursue it. 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. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story. I really cannot describe how much this books means to me. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Maybe its because you know that in the end Craig is going to be okay. It is mostly based on the author, Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. 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?  Another critic, Jennifer Brabander from The Horn Book Magazine, also praised Vizzini, stating "despite the serious topic, Vizzini again manages to be quite funny". I was tolerating the book until Craig, our hero, refers to a human being as "he/she/. Soon, however, the pressure becomes too much. He returns home at the novel's end, with a new energy to live life. When he gets accepted into the Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig believes he is headed on the right track. " Brabander also agreed when she wrote, "Vizzini spent 5 days himself in a psychiatric hospital, which inspired him to write this book.". I read it on a trip to Cuba with my family and I spent the whole day reading. " She was hypersexualized, devious, lying, manipulative, and disconcertingly hot. 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. “I didn't want to wake up. Chapter One It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. I really cannot say in any words how much this book helped me in my life. 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. 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. 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. Ned Vizzini was born on April 4, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Edison Price Vizzini.  Ned Vizzini later died by suicide on December 19, 2013. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. In respectful acknowledgment of Vizzini's suicide on 19 December 2013, I have cleared my rating of his book and removed my review. We’d love your help. 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 recommend it to everyone. The narrator, Craig Gilner, is 15 years old, and lives with his family. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper. I only wish he took his own advice and listened to his own last words written in this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. Ned Vizzini, Writer: It's Kind of a Funny Story. Critics recognized many themes in It's Kind of a Funny Story, such as being yourself, and finding out who you are. I was in Cuba on the beach and all I wanted to do was read this piece of art. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 4 1/2 stars. Yes, it takes place in a mental institution but it has some comical undertones to it so that helps. In isolation from the outside world, and with help from Noelle, Craig confronts the sources of his anxiety and regains his health. Refresh and try again. Oh... and angst. It’s a tough topic to tackle, but the author managed to blend some light humour in with the dark issues dealt within this book. by Disney-Hyperion. He takes a stand and goes to a psychiatrist who prescribes him Zoloft. Vizzini stated, "It's Kind of a Funny Story was based on my real life and is 85% true. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.  They also added, "what results in a slow start to an easy, occasionally long-winded novel". I was tolerating the book until Craig, our hero, refers to a human being as "he/she/it" and that was probably the high point of his encounter with a trans-woman. 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. In 2010, Focus Features released a film adaptation directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. 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. I'm so happy I finally read this book! 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.". 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. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2006 novel by late American author Ned Vizzini. His stress eventually manifests itself in an eating disorder, affected sleep habits, and suicidal thoughts. Craig Gilner is an ambitious teen wanting to get into the best school, go to the best college, and get the best job. 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. I found this book extremely triggering for my anxiety and depression and could not continue. And that's really sad. It took me a while to finish, but I liked it. 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. I was hooked from the first sentence: This reader has the knack of choosing depressive stories, as does this reader have a knack for being affected by depressing stories. Craig meets a female patient, Noelle, who coped with a history of abuse by cutting her face with scissors. May 1st 2007 Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. 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. I guess knowing that the author committed suicide himself made this book feel a little more morose. "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. 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. , 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 known for his work on It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Last Resort (2012) and Teen Wolf (2011). 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. " Vizzini stated in his interview, "I put Craig in adult psychiatric because I actually went into adult psychiatric in November 2004.