It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story

by Ned Vizzini
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It's Kind of a Funny Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 619 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.
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.
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.
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 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
this book is more golden than ponyboy
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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 :)
Anonymous 19 days ago
I couldn't put it down, I loved it. It made me feel so much better and the ending was amazing.
JacobMoses More than 1 year ago
So, I finally read a book that I liked. I am not much of a reader, but It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini was really good. It’s about Craig Gilner, a regular, kind-of-average teenager living in New York, who is trying hard to get in to an exclusive high school for high achievers. But once he is in the school, Craig learns about anxiety so extreme it pushes him to the point of wanting to commit suicide. He decides not to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and pedals his way to a local mental hospital. He is talked into staying the five-day minimum, with even his very average and normal parents on board. During his time there, Craig is exposed to people with severe mental illness along with young people like him who just seem a bit lost. One patient in particular, Noelle, is of particular interest to him. There are other characters in the book that are amusing and funny, but I don’t think mental illness is portrayed as funny in the book. I liked how the book shows a broad range of mental illness, from the forms that it takes to the people that are affected by it. It was interesting learning about their funky quirks and variety of reasons as to why they were there too. There is both humor and seriousness in this book. I think the author did a good job building the characters, and making them feel so real to the reader. The book is told through Craig’s point-of-view and it was easy to get to know all of the characters through Craig’s eyes. Since most of the book is set in the mental hospital, it could have been a turn off to the reader, as those places are not where most people want to be. But the author handles it well, and made the reader want to find out what happens there that day and the day after. This is what makes the book appealing to young and old readers alike: a not-too-fun-topic as seen through the eyes of a smart, young guy who needs to get some perspective. I don’t think that this perspective was available to Craig at his fancy highs school or hanging out with his own friends; he had to gain it by being in a place where he felt he absolutely did not belong. The ending of the book is fitting. You won’t be sad or depressed or left to wonder what happened. The book leaves you feeling hopeful and happy. I would like to read the sequel; I want to experience more of the life of Craig Gilner. I think he is like many young people who just need to stop and take a moment to appreciate what they already have. This book is worth the read and the laughs that are sure to come with it.
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Jozie03 More than 1 year ago
Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the life of Craig Gilner, a depressed and troubled teen. He gets incredibly stressed and depressed after getting into this prestigious high school because he realises that he’s not as smart as people made him out to be. Craig is then diagnosed with depression at age fifteen. Throughout the story, Craig mentions “Anchors”, “Tentacles”, and a “Shift.” According to Craig, Anchors are “things that occupy my mind and make me feel good temporarily.” Tentacles are “the evil tasks that invade my life.” A Shift is what he’s waiting for to happen to him, a shift is when he goes back to how he was before his depression came along. The main reason why I love this book is because, in a way, I feel a connection to it. This novel isn’t, “Oh here’s a story of this sad kid that gets over it in two days because some person came along and fixed them.” This novel is roller coaster highs and bottomless pit lows and that’s what makes it so great. Even if you don’t have depression or have never been in Craig’s position, you can still understand his point of view. You feel a connection to him even if you’ve never felt the way Craig is feeling. A theme in It’s Kind of a Funny Story is finding out who you are. Craig starts this book as one person and by the end he’s a totally different person. Throughout this book, with the help of others Craig finds himself and discovers things about himself that he wouldn’t have ever discovered on his own. This book really did appeal to me in an emotional way. At some parts I found myself crying, laughing out loud, or even being angry at what was happening in the book. As typical as this may sound, you will not regret reading this book, it’s kind of a funny story.