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It's Kind of a Funny Story

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  112,721 ratings  ·  5,664 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 444 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2006)
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Raeleen Lemay
It's Kind of A Great Book
Meg ♥

I came across this movie the other day on TV and watched it. I didn't think the movie was great or anything, but I thought the idea of the story was interesting. So I decided to give the book a try. I loved this book. It is about teens and it discusses suicide, sex, drugs and more, but it is a great book with an important message. Sometimes you have to get all the way to the bottom of the barrel before you can get back to the top.

Craig is like a lot of teens nowadays. Overly stressed out. He is
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
In respectful acknowledgment of Vizzini's suicide on 19 December 2013, I have cleared my rating of his book and removed my review.

There is no more tragic occurrence in a family's life than the suicide of one of its members. My most heartfelt sympathy to Vizzini's wife and young son.
Young Adult books seem to have a few formulas: divorce, unrequited love, death of a parent, self-transformation, and as of late... vampires. Oh... and angst. Usually always angst. Sometimes these can be written quite loverly. As with the few that have been jostled around GR lately,Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Book Thief ,I Am the Messenger ... These authors will come along and break, twist, switch it And manage to rise above the whole stigma of what it means to b ...more
Take a good helping of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," add a heaping spoonful of "Girl, Interrupted," and stir in a dollop or two of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and you'll have a good idea what you're going to get with "Funny Story."

A week after the author, Ned Vizzini, was discharged from his own stay in the psychiatric ward of a New York hospital, he began the tale of depressed teen Craig Gilner. On the point of suicide, Craig checks himself into the hospital, hoping to come to
ETA: Ned Vizzini's death makes me feel sick to my stomach with sadness. Rest in peace, so sorry he lost his fight.

The plot of this book -- teenage boy admitted to mental hospital for five days to treat anxiety/depression -- is super close to my heart and I wanted to love it, but the execution reminds me way too much of John Green. Those of you who love John Green: this is a recommendation! But personally, there are few types of characters that annoy me more than the dorky boy whose main ambition
I read this in less than 24 hours. All I can say is, that it's still such an important read and one of all-time favorite books. I recommend it to everyone.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Ned Vizzini has a distinct advantage over other authors who write about teen depression, attempted suicide, and the ins and outs of psychiatry--as a teen he was clinically depressed and even spent time in a psychiatric hospital. That experience has allowed Mr. Vizzini to bring to life the kinds of situations that were once largely absent in teen fiction; that of the fact that not all teens are happy, spontaneous, happy-go-lucky youths.

For Craig Gilner, gaining
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This is a book about a kid who thinks about killing himself but doesn't. It is edgy; I mean that there is sex and f-bombs in the book. The characters do drugs too. Kids will like that, some parents will get their closed little minds into a fucking tangle over it.

I wrote a whole review and then accidentally refreshed the page and lost it.

Oh well. I'm not even going to try to re-write what I had written. Your lose. You missed a
It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't my usual kind of book, to be honest. Its synopsis makes it clear from the get-go that it's a book about a character going through some tough times, which isn't usually my thing because I'm of the opinion that we go through enough tough times ourselves without watching or reading about other people having it too, but I have myself gone through depression and I thought, "Well, here's your chance to read about tough times you actually identify with."

And weirdly enou
A beautifully delivered novel - something I would definitely read again in the future.

- We follow the story of a teenage boy named Craig. Craig is an extremely ambitious young man who has a very clear idea of what he wants for his future and how he is going to get there. Unfortunately the build up of pressure and stress surrounding school causes Craig to slip into a very depressed state. With circumstances not seeming to get any better and the onset of suicidal thoughts, Craig makes the decision
I’m just going to put this out there, in case you have the preconceived notion - like I did - that this book is supposed to be a hilarious, slap-knee comedy about being a depressed teenager on the brink of suicide: this book really isn’t that funny, and I seriously wish it hadn’t been so desperate to be.

To an extent, this book is enjoyable, even credible. Within the first 100 pages of this book, the MC-underdog Greg Heffley Craig Gilner won my heart with his realistic voice, and the portrayal o
Marco Tamborrino
"I'm going to be here until I'm cured?"
"Life is not cured, Mr. Gilner. Life is managed".

Vediamo un po'. In Italia, Moccia a parte, il romanziere acclamato che scrive per adolescenti e viene invitato a parlare nelle scuole è d'Avenia. Tizio che non ha fatto altro che prendere una storia vera sentita da supplente e trasformarla in un libricciolo per gente stupida. Adolescenti stupidi. L'America, oltre a Chbosy e al suo The perks of being a wallflower, ha anche Ned Vizzini. Ned Vizzini ha veramente
A lot of people have summarised this already, so I won't bother. I started off really liking the book because Craig is a character that I found easy to relate to, as I have depression and some similar thoughts to his. At some point, however, it fell kind of flat, especially when Noelle was introduced. At that point it became all about sex and how much he wanted it, and sex was treated like the key to overcome his depression...all wrong. At that point, the characterisation seemed to flop a bit, t ...more
May 04, 2015 Sophia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sophia by: Kayla
okay, so, i don't know what to say about this book. it focuses on some privileged white dude's depression recovery in the Best Possible Circumstances and ends up, starting in the middle of the book, becoming really, strangely transphobic/transmisogynistic (think "trans women as deceivers for the male gaze"), to the point where after our trans lady is bussed out of the novel, the main character decides, 200 pages later, to remind us that his new girlfriend isn't a trans girl, but "a *real* girl". ...more
I really cannot describe how much this books means to me. I read it for the first time when I was only twelve years old on a trip to Wisconsin and it helped me come to terms with a situation in my life I really couldn't understand. I had read it many times between that and the last time I read it, sometime last year, when I felt almost exactly like the main character in this book did. I really cannot say in any words how much this book helped me in my life.

I hope Ned Vizzini knew how much his bo
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**FIVE stars!!**

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This book is funny, with hilarious characters, and entertaining plot. It ended up in my favorite shelf because of its uniqueness. Most of the time, books that deal with psychiatric problem, it'll be very depressing, but this is very different as it's funny. It has quirky characters that made this book even better.

It started out slow, but with enough things happening to keep the reader interested. Then, it picks up and become a lot more interesting. The plot is really good, and
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I refuse to believe that writing a book from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy is any excuse for the level of transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism that defines this book. I kept trying to excuse the narrator--he's fifteen, he's sheltered, he's a stupid kid who wants to have sex with every female-bodied person he encounters (minus the poor ones, duh)--but that's not fair to fifteen year old boys. I was tolerating the book until Craig, our hero, refers to a human being as "he/she/ ...more
I actually hadn't heard of the book first, I saw the movie featured on Reelz Channel,Leonard Martin's show 'Hidden Gem' I think.. When I bought my own copy of the movie on a whim, I came across the book as well.

The book does take awhile to get started, we learn of the events leading to Craig checking himself into the hospital and get to know him.

I grew to love Craig as the story went on, though I could have done without the mentions of his bathroom habits...

Yeah, TMI there buddy.

Even though i
Morgan Pellegrin
A week after the author, Ned Vizzini, left an adult psychiatric hospital he wrote this book. It is about a 15 year old boy, Craig Gliner in an adult psychiatric hospital. Craig attends the most prestigious high school in Manhattan and he sets his own standards very high. So, when he doesn't reach them and keeps getting a 93% in classes and begins to smoke pot, Craig becomes depressed. Contemplating suicide, one night, Craig calls the suicide hotline and admits himself into the psychiatric hospit ...more
This was my second time reading this. (First time was 2010, Sophomore year of high school)
And it was totally different than I remember it being.
Sure it's a book about depression, but back then I didn't have any kind of association with the disease. It was something that I thought I understood, that I thought made sense to me, but at that point I don't know if it did. Part of me had probably convinced myself that I was lingering near depression my freshman year of high school (but that will nev
This book went from irritating to endearing in about fifty pages. By eighty pages in, I was hooked. This is a sweet, funny story about a serious topic – suicide and clinical depression. But, it never takes itself too seriously. The writing flows effortlessly and it’s a fast, pleasurable read.

Craig has a supportive family, a nice home, and he’s recently been accepted into a very prestigious high school. Everything seems to be going in his favor, so why can’t he sleep, eat, or stop constantly ago
The title of this book aptly describes the story therein. It IS kind of a funny story. Not laugh out loud funny, but quirky and cute, which are two adjectives I never would have thought of to describe a story about a kid who checks himself into a psychiatric ward for depression.

Craig's been stressing out ever since he made it into Executive Pre-Professional, an elite high school for the business-minded. To deal with the stress, he mostly hangs out with his friend Aaron and smokes pot. Slowly his
This is the kind of edgy story I can see closed minded people getting their panties in a wad over. The teenagers in this novel have sex, smoke weed, *gasp* cuss. It pretty much involves everything their little perfect honor roll student is probably doing that they want to pretend they don't do.

Craig lives in New York. How many ambitious New York City teenagers DON'T contemplate suicide at one point or another? In this case he seriously considers jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. He calls a suicid
Beautifully written. I loved following Craig's story.
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It’s Kind of a Funny Story is about Craig – a 15 year old boy whose greatest (and sometimes only) success each day is urinating. It’s the one time when he feels like he has actually done something. The rest of the time he “cycles” – his brain running a nonstop marathon from one thought to the next. School, friends, girls, extracurriculars, etc. overwhelm Craig to the point where he plans to ride his bike to the Brooklyn Bridge and step
This book is amazing! I love it greatly!!!! It is all about fifteen year old Greg, who is suffering from clinical depression, and has to be hospitalized due to all the stress that is placed upon him. there he learns to cope with his stress, and cut off the source of his stress, which is his school. There he also learns that the girl that he loves is not worth it and he is better off with a girl that he met in the hospital. Greg also learns to draw and by doing this he expresses his emotions and ...more
Not only did I enjoy this book immensely, it was a very fast read, feel-good and overall very fun, but it was also extremely insightful. The reason why this book is so good is because it is BOTH that book that you can pick up for light reading, that book that takes you somewhere else, and easily invites you into another world, but at the same time it provokes you to ask questions, to dig deep into your own issues and your way of living life. At least it did that for me.

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Died December 19, 2013.

Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.

After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult li
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“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.” 4343 likes
“I can't eat and I can't sleep. I'm not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?” 1634 likes
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