Thursday, 12 July 2012

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

Book: It's Kind of a Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 444
Format: Hardcover

I read this book a few weeks ago and I was so excited to be reading because I had heard so many good things and I thought it would be a good book and I was slightly disappointed. I honestly don't think that it lived up to the hype. Keep reading and you'll find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig 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, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a moving tale about depression, that's definitely a funny story.

So I didn't really enjoy this book very much, and the reason was because it moved too slow, and because for the first half of the book, the idea of suicide, in my mind, was really cliched and not dealt with well. The first part of the book just went on and on and on, and I realize that To understand his problem, you need to learn his back story, but really? Do I need to know EVERYTHING?! It was a long, hard part to read through.

Also, It seems like Craig's thought process about killing himself was very unrealistic. He really had no motive. He sat through the people on the phone very patiently, when if you felt like you needed to do something, you wouldn't spend that time arguing on the phone with someone! It, to me, someone who has first hand been put through situations which involve suicide, was very un-realistic.

The one thing I did like though, was the last part of the recovery process and how Noelle and the whole romantic story line was approached. It wasn't necessarily insta-love, but it wasn't really built up. I liked the honesty of these two characters and how honest they were with each other. It was really the only thing that kept me reading.

Overall, I gave It's Kind of a Funny Story a 2.5/5 stars. I didn't enjoy reading it and I didn't like it all that much.


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