Title: It’s kind of a funny story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Genres: YA, romance, Fiction, Mental health
Goodreads says: 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.
“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”
What I think of it
It’s a great book that deals well with mental issues. It’s beautifully written and gives a very clear view into psychiatric units. I enjoyed it and in all honesty I’m always severe with books about mental illness, that because I’ve got depression myself. This book gives people a realistic view of other people dealing with mental illnesses. I finished the book with a smile on my face but it disappeared quickly when I did some research about Ned Vizzini.. He killed himself in December 2013 and I was absolutely heartbroken.