It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story

by Ned Vizzini, Tk


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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-which means 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 isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; 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 remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. For a novel about depression, it's definitely a funny story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786851973
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 13,665
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ned Vizzini began writing for The New York Press at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he had his first book published, Teen Angst? Naaah?. Ned is also the author of Be More Chill, the first young adult novel ever chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Books for 2004. Ned lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"This book offers hope in a package that [listeners] will find enticing, and that's the gift it offers." —-Booklist Starred Review

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It's Kind of a Funny Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 664 reviews.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
It's Kind of a Funny Story is about 15-yr-old New Yorker, Craig Gilner. Craig is highly ambitious, spending his entire middle school career studying to get into an elite high school. Once there, Craig realizes maybe he isn't so smart after all. He has to work twice as hard as his classmates just to get by. All this pressure causes Craig to suffer from depression, preventing him from sleeping or eating. On a particularly bad night after Craig stops taking his medication, he nearly kills himself, deciding to call the suicide hotline at the last moment. From there, Craig spends the next five days in a mental hospital, possibly the most influential five days of his life. He learns to eat and sleep again, he creates friendships, discovers a passion for drawing, and he finally confronts the reason as to why he is so unhappy. I loved this book. For a book about depression, it was amazingly light-hearted. The tone was clever and humorous and very real. The cast of the novel was original and entertaining. Craig himself was a brilliant character. I don't have depression, yet could sympathize with Craig on so many levels. Craig is a teenage boy, and acts like one. He makes mistakes, but every now and then has a moment of insightful clarity. The topic of depression and mental illness was treated carefully. These people were messed up, but never seemed inhuman. All of them were very real. While the plot wasn't suspenseful, it was gripping and had me flipping the pages without hesitation. The only thing I found doubtful was Craig's miraculous recovery. Maybe with some that may be the case, but not many. It would have been difficult if they book ended any other way however, so I'm not too upset about it. It's Kind of a Funny Story was a truthful and funny story about depression I won't soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just because my headline says crying dont assume I cried because i was sad. I am a 16 yr old boy who saw so much of myself in craig n when he found his resolve i was so happy i just broke down. I found this book so influential, and such a great read i recommended this to everyone i know who is going through a hard time.
DejaR More than 1 year ago
I am a student at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama. It's Kind of a Funny Story is about this guy, Craig. Craig took a really intense test to get into an over the top school. The only problem is once he gets there, Craig realizes that all the other students are smarter than him, and the fact that he's not good enough stresses him out. As a result, he has a break down that puts him in a mental hospital. There he gets the friends that he wishes he had outside in the real world. I read this book based on my friend recommending it to me. At first I was a bit skeptical about where it was going to go, but as I kept reading I came to realize it really is a funny story. The thing I most like about this book is that it's different. It doesn't focus on the usual topics and situations. It gives you a glimpse into something real, an actual part of the author's life. Some of the ways the main character, Craig, reacts to the situations he gets in are odd, but they make perfect sense for his character. Most of the other characters are fun to read about because they represent people you'll most likely never meet in your life. It's a chance to be Craig, meet those people and learn from them like he did.
Elaina123 More than 1 year ago
When i read the synopsis i was having second thoughts about reading it because usually books about depressed people are always way to depressing. But this book was not depressing at all it was really funny and real. The character development/traits is fantastic, you really feel like you know each of the characters in this book.Most books I read are always girl's points of view, but this is a guys point of view and i loved it more than some of the girls points of views. Just because this guy seems like he is not impossible to find. This book is one that i would read over and over again and still be sad that i finished it! If you are interested in a funny,relateable,realistic, and sort of romantic book than this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my all time favorite book. It changed my life, and after reading it I have been happier with myself. It is a feel good story, even if it doesnt seem like that in the beginning. Definaitely read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is more golden than ponyboy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only one of the best books of all time. I read it 3 times and no matter what just couldn't find the time to put it down.
Rich Keene More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, i really truly did. Some of the things that Craig goes through are so entirely relatable it makes me wonder if i should've been admitted into the psych ward also. I fell in love with this book, and it's creative approach to tackling life, school, and humans. It's a great buy, completely worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
plainbelliedsneetch More than 1 year ago
Oh man... this book put me through a whole wreck of emotions. When I finished this thing I had to stop and just think the entire meaning over. Although fiction, this book really changed my views on suicide. It really blew me away that the author wrote this book and died a few years later by (hint,hint) committing suicide. It shocked me, intrigued me, and got me hooked by the first sentence. Not only becoming one of my favorite books, but it had me rooting for Craig all the way through.
FrancaF1 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it.  I think we all can relate to how Craig feels at times.  I found myself smiling a lot when reading this book.  It's a shame that the author Ned Vizzini couldn't overcome his depression.  May he RIP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book Ned really captures how hard it is to feel the way Craig felt but not only Craig but other teenagers out there going through the  same thing. R.I.P Ned you were an amazing author and you will be missed. I definitely recommend this book. 
Brooklyn_Grace More than 1 year ago
R.I.P Ned Vizzini, an amazing author who saved many teenagers suffering through similar things.
ValAlive More than 1 year ago
If you're a reader, then read this book. It takes a while to settle in and feel comfortable to read but when you get swept away in Craig's life it becomes very interesting. The whole book you're rooting for this teenage guy to do the right thing, to make the right choices, and he does. This is why its such a great book, because its real and its honest. Unlike other novels , the characters don't make stupid choices that would never happen in real life. If you want a book to read. This is it.  
Laney21 More than 1 year ago
If you read the back of this book, or what it is about, you might think that it is depressing, but that is not how this book goes. It is an excellent representation of how some teenagers are feeling. It shows depression in a lighter mood. Ned Vizzini checked himself into a hospital for depression earlier on in his life, and he just kind of wrote this as his experience. "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is a wonderful book for teenagers and adults alike. I definitely recommend reading this. I'm in college right now, and I read this book before I had to read books for my classes; that's how good it really is!
wordstoliveby More than 1 year ago
I read this book after being interested in the movie, and then seeing all of the raving reviews about it. After reading about 75 pages I deemed this book "alright". It has its moments, but coming from the perspective of a 15 year old boy gets old after a while. However the characters are rich and the story isn't prolonged. Overall I would recommend this book to friends, family, and you!
lostinsouthjersey More than 1 year ago
It was a great book but the first couple of pages were confusing. This is a person who hates books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kinda reminded me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest only more modern and with a teenager as the main character. This book addresses the pressures that kids face as they try to fit in but in reality the main character Craig only had to be himself and he would have been just fine. As the story unfolds 15- yr- old Craig, studies nonstop to get into an prestigious high school. Once he is a student there, the pressures there are too much for him and his life starts to fall apart. These thoughts and events are typical of depression including food issues, friends, drugs, bad thoughts, sleeping, and drinking. As he realizes he has depression he ends up calling the Suicide Hotline number and ends up in a hospital -then in a mental ward. The juvy ward is being redone so he on the adult ward and he meets some interesting people who end up helping him realize that everyone has issues and you can work through them. His high school friends call and at first make fun of him but in the end, most of them realize they have issues too and accept Craig. A few of them feel they are depressed and need help too. While in the hospital, Craig finds his hidden talent and makes a decison about going back to the high school he tried so hard to attend. I don't want to spoil the ending but Craig finds out what true friends are and he has his first girlfriend. (Great read for 5th mature 5th graders up.)
Leah Politi More than 1 year ago
i loved it! i would reccomend it for ages 13+. some iffy material...
mimiAC More than 1 year ago
so i thought is book was really was a great change from all the vampire/fantasy novels i read. It was very relable and i liked how it was from a guys piont of view for a change i would read this book again and tell all my friends to read it to :)
Scunekt2 More than 1 year ago
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, by Ned Vizzini, tells the story of Craig Gilner, a 15 year old teen in Manhattan, a typical teenager that deals with typical teenager problems-- depression, drama, drugs, and having to live a life. He ends up wanting to do something drastic with said life-- end it. Eventually, after some deep thinking and persuasion from numerous suicide hotlines, but he still does do something drastic-- he checks himself into Argenon Hospital. After being put in the adult psych ward for five days, he learns numerous things about life, love, and what he wants to do in the future. Along the way, he makes new friends and develops new relationships, one with Noelle, another psych patient, and one with his brain-map artwork. Craig develops from the start of the book a lot, as in the beginning he really was “just another depressed teen”, his depression the culmination of his effort well spent trying to get into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, something he only knew he regretted after a few days in the ward. By the end, Craig knew his life had gone downhill since day one of being at the school, but he knew how to fix it, after being in branch Six North of Argenon Hospital a few days. As for point of view, it was told entirely in first person, with some “mental third person narrative” strewn about often, as Craig had an imaginary voice in his head, an army officer commanding and berating him from time to time. I feel that this book was a wonderfully put together read, and definitely something I recommend to others, both in the target audience of teenagers/young adults, and those who aren’t. Though, even with my very positive outlook on the book, there were two spots in the book that physically made me cringe, near to wincing. The relationship building of Craig and Noelle put in by Vizzini was honestly just, for lack of a better word, cringe-worthy. Granted, it’s essentially what you expect from a story about a 15 year old kid, but I digress. All in all, I highly enjoyed the book, and I highly recommend it to others, including those who might be going through what Craig was.
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
Craig has done nothing but study to get into a preparatory high school. He gave up "chilling" with his best friend, and he gave up the girl of his dreams. And when he does get in, the pressure was too much for him that he's been having suicidal thoughts. Which leads him to being admitted to a mental hospital... Correct me if I'm wrong, but this book is probably the OG of YA mental health books. This was released when I was just a kid. And it took me into adulthood to finally read it. Which leads me to conclude that this is one of the rare books that can be considered as timeless! Because even though I read it 2019, I definitely feel as though it's still relevant. The only thing that I wasn't a fan of in the dragging story line in the beginning. Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. I liked the overall point of the book. And I like the minor plot lines, like Craig's relationships with people pre-mental hospital, like his family and friends. I am very impressed of Craig's voice. It's funny but also very serious and relatable. And that's the thing too about this book, it's relatable. I do not regret reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is narrated by Craig, a clinically depressed 15 year-old boy living in Brooklyn. He has a voice that is so honest, believable and relatable. At first-glance, the book seemed too long, but I flew through it because it was so interesting. Though the plot was nothing fascinating the characters kept me engaged. Great read for teens and up.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Craig is stressed. He is in an advanced high school, his best friend is dating the girl he likes, and no one seems to understand him. One night instead of committing suicide he checks himself into the mental ward of a hospital. When the teen section is closed for renovations, he is forced to move in with the adults along with some other teens. There he meets a girl, makes some new friends, and learns about himself. Ned Vizzini has written a very enjoyable coming of age story.