It's Kind of A Funny Story

It's Kind of A Funny Story

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A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Publisher: New York : Miramax Books, 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Hyperion Pbks. ed
ISBN: 9780786851973
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Vizzini
Characteristics: 444 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: It is kind of a funny story


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A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

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Jan 29, 2019

I absolutely loved this book and had it sitting in my room untouched for about a year. I decided to pick it up after going through a manic depressive episode the past week. This book made me cry, but it gave me hope. I mainly cried because in the back of my mind I kept getting reminded of Ned’s suicide. The book was relatable which hit me more hard. It is a fast read once you get into it and very easy to read as well. Proud to have it on my bookshelf. :-) <3

Jan 23, 2019

its a good book but dark at times.

May 14, 2018

This book I happened to I pick up by chance, no idea what awaited me. I like how it is a modern book based on real life experiences. Some of the incidents seemed pretty unlikely and were lightened, such as being free of depression in 5 days or signing yourself into a hospital because of having depressed suicidal thoughts. But the humour Craig had made it interesting, and light hearted for people who don't typically read similar kinds of books. In the five days he spends each day he seems to be recovering to perfectly, considering he had suicidal thoughts. Although, it does not mean Craig is cured from his depression it is what I assumed. I liked how open he is and the interesting people he meets and how he interacts with them. Rating: 3/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

For the longest time, It’s kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini has been by my favourite book. The plot follows fifteen-year-old Craig and his struggle with succeeding as a teenager, depression and suicidal thoughts. The story picks up when Craig calls a suicide hotline and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital where he meets people like him and some of them not so much. The most interesting part by far has to be the author’s personal experience. Ned Vizzini spent time in a psychiatric hospital himself before writing this novel. Another great asset to this book is the relatability as a teen with mental illness. The protagonist clashes with his family and friends while trying to explain what life is like to him as well as taking prescribed medication to cope with the side effects of his depression. I believe everyone regardless of age can relate to something or someone in this book whether it be the battle with mental illness, the characters, or even the pressure from school. I recommend this book to teens but I can see adults benefiting from having read this story as it would offer insight to anyone who struggles with their inner demons.
- @TheBookNerd of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

GCPL_Teen Jun 27, 2017

While I found it difficult to relate to or empathize with the main character, I am sure many would enjoy this novel. The protagonist, Craig, struggles to get into a competitive academic high school and then finds himself overwhelmed by pressure to succeed. A male protagonist can be hard to find in YA fiction, so some boys may identify with Craig and the challenges he faces.

JCLEmilyD Feb 09, 2017

Well I'll tell you I didn't think this was very funny at all. I get it, it's a story about depression
and it's suppose to have humorous overtones to make it well.. less depressing. But the humor did not float my boat, I thought it was just sad and WAY too long! It took 400 pages to get to the conclusion I got to at page 50. Meh.

Sep 14, 2016

Book was meh. 2.5/5. Like most YA stories, it's quirky and tries to get "in with the kids" but really misses a lot. The author writes based on his experience in a psychiatric hospital in 2004 - 2005, but my experiences (I was hospitalized in 2008, 2009, and 2011) were a hell of a lot different, so it seems like a lot of wishful thinking (i.e. you are not allowed to touch other patients contrary to the story, have your door closed, definitely can't smoke in a hospital, etc.).
And like most things -- books may have happy endings but the author himself commit suicide in 2013. Guess that's why I was interested in reading it -- wanted to 'pick his brain' -- but it turned out to be not so interesting. Oh well.

Aug 16, 2016

Now this a sad, depressing book, but also very insightful. Craig’s voice clearly states how he’s feeling, why he feels that way, how everyone around him is worried, and how he can’t just snap out of it. As he opens up to those around him, he starts to realize a lot of the people in his life are struggling too. My only complaint about this novel is that it’s a book about a very serious topic, but then somehow becomes a book about getting a girl. At times it reads like an updated version of The Bell Jar, and I mean that in a good way.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

I have read what I believe is my first YA novel.
It's Kind of a Funny Story was an easy read. Like 444 pages in 4 days easy. It was entertaining and provided some insight into how one teen viewed being institutionalized. I liked it, but it's not the kind of book I'd like to find myself reading often.
There was so much potential lost here. Wonderful idea. Great characters. Vivid setting. And yet, nothing gelled in the way I have come to expect from great books. It was largely fluff--a straight-forward telling of "my five days in the looney bin and how I got there"
In the complete spectrum of books, four stars is too high for this one. Taking it for what it is, however, and considering its intended audience, I think my rating is appropriate.

bhunt78 Feb 23, 2016

This book helped me deal with a dark time in my life. It is very easy to relate to Craig for someone dealing with depression or suicide. It also deals with the stress that school and social life has on young people. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is categorized as youth fiction, but it is suitable to anyone in a tough situation.

Jan 13, 2016

It's Kind of a Funny Story is a novel everyone should read. It describes mental illness in a clear, natural voice. Craig never whined; he was completely relatable, and his emotions were so real it was as if they reached out of the novel, grabbed me by my heart, and pulled me in. Because his voice was so true, I spent a day or two in a funk because I felt what he was feeling; so I wouldn't recommend this depressed or mentally ill people unless they're sure that they're in a good place.

Honestly, this book has me so full of emotions that I can barely express. I don't even know what to say. Perhaps I was able to relate to Craig so strongly because I've experienced the exact same high-pressure environment of school and college, but I think that anyone who has ever experienced stress will be able to relate. I love that this novel was about what Craig feels. Although how he feels is affected by other people and outside events, Vizzini never loses focus on Craig's mind, and how this is a story of Craig's journey through illness and recovery.

It's Kind of a Funny Story really moved me, and I highly, highly recommend it.

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bookgeek101 Feb 26, 2013

Sexual Content: Sexual refernces, but they aren't thouroughly explained. Some sexual situations, but they are very minor.

bookgeek101 Feb 26, 2013

Violence: In the hospital, some people will fight with others.

bookgeek101 Feb 26, 2013

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout.

bookgeek101 Feb 26, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The whole book can be kind of depressing. In the institute, soem people tried to commite suicide, and that is why they are in the hospital.


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Jul 01, 2015

“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”

May 02, 2013

"It'll come to ya!"

Ambiii Jun 13, 2012

'Do you like music?' 'Do you like breating?'


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Mar 04, 2019

This book really shines a light on mental Heath within teenagers. It tells a story of a teenager and his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. His whole perspective is changed when he gets admitted to a mental hospital. He meets a girl and a nurse. He becomes good friends with the patients and learns a valuable lesson. This book tackles many issues that teenagers face today. While mental health is a serious issue this book is has a big sense of humor and you’re guaranteed to cry and laugh.

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