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It's Kind of a Funny Story

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  237,636 ratings  ·  12,407 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 March 21st 2006)
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Joanna Most books about depression can be a trigger and put you in a depressing mood (like Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which I couldn't even finish bec…moreMost books about depression can be a trigger and put you in a depressing mood (like Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which I couldn't even finish because it made me feel so crappy) but this also seems to have a hopeful tone to it. Maybe its because you know that in the end Craig is going to be okay. I didn't have any problem reading it and I loved it. Yes, it takes place in a mental institution but it has some comical undertones to it so that helps.(less)
Yasmin It had me laughing out loud a couple of times, but I wouldn't describe it as hilarious to be honest.…moreIt had me laughing out loud a couple of times, but I wouldn't describe it as hilarious to be honest.(less)

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Richard Derus
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.
Megs ♥
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Emma Giordano
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy I finally read this book! It's been recommend to me for YEARS and I have no idea why I've been putting it off for so long.

I loved the way this book captured depression and suicidal idealization. I really resonated with Craig's story. He really spoke to me and his journey of growth was very inspirational in my opinion. I also feel it had a more positive view of inpatient treatment/crisis intervention. A lot of YA books that approach this topic go the route of showing it as an unplea
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
my immediate reaction after reading this: its kind of a funny boring story.

oh boy. i cant help but feel a bit let down by this. throw in some guilt to the emotional mix and you have me not wanting to write this review.

first things first - i understand that this book was written the month after vizzini spent some time in a psychiatric hospital and was based on his own experiences there (hence my guilt for rating this so poorly). i do think that was an asset to the story, as it really portrayed
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I don't like to spend money. Every time I spend it, I feel as if I'm being raped.

Wow, talk about aging badly. Not that it was better 15 years ago but I'm sure this quote wouldn't be published today.

Also: Win. Smile. Laugh. Hold. Walk. Skip. Okay, it's gay, whatever, skip.


I can see why this book is popular for the YA crowd. I do think it handles depression and suicide well but I had a few issues with it. Mainly these two quotes and....

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Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
if you were a mentally ill middle schooler, you were either a perks of being a wallflower girlie or an it's kind of a funny story stan.

two guesses based on ratings which i am.

where most Teens With Mental Disorders contemporaries veer in the direction of quirky we're-not-like-everybody-else friendships in a romanticized way that leads people to either prefer friendlessness in general or choose loneliness while they wait for their perfect logan lerman / emma watson / that person who plays the inte
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to finish, but I liked it.

Full review to come!
Dec 01, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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. ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Craig Gilner is an ambitious teen wanting to get into the best school, go to the best college, and get the best job. When he gets accepted into the Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig believes he is headed on the right track. Soon, however, the pressure becomes too much. The class work, extracurricular activities, friends, girls, email, and pot smoking become more than he can bear.

One night Craig decides to take his own life. Before he does he reach out to the Suicide Hotl
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aria ・❥・Biblioaria ˚ · .
While I could relate to this book on some levels... there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me.

Was it the character? Not at all. I actually kind of like Craig.
Was it the plot? Nope. I actually books that deal with psychological issues.
Was it relatable? It was. It dealt with depression quite a bit. Even had suicidal thoughts at some point. So this was not it either.

But I had a big problem with how the story was told. It dragged out on a lot on the first part of the book. It was on
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Everybody has problems. Some people just hide their crap better than others.”

Craig Gilner is a fifteen-year-old Brooklynite who’s spent the past year waiting for “The Shift” to take place. Up until a year ago he wasn’t an insomniac, could hold down more than four bites of food, didn’t break out in cold sweats, could finish his sentences, and didn’t have cycling thoughts about committing suicide.

Through a series of events, Craig finds himself in the adult wing of the local psychiatric hospital w
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mental-health
#BookTubeAthon Day 7, Book 7.
Challenge: Read and watch a book-to-film adaptation.

I think if you liked We Are the Ants, then you’ll like this book.
A story about a boy who deals with depression and anxiety and learning to manage it in the most beautiful way.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF at page 155 for personal reasons. I found this book extremely triggering for my anxiety and depression and could not continue.

It's fantastically written though and I still recommend it if it sounds interesting to you!

Trigger warning: suicide and suicidal thoughts, self-harm, depression, anxiety.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This reader has the knack of choosing depressive stories, as does this reader have a knack for being affected by depressing stories. I was very interested in this one though as the author lost his life to the disease, and I can see through his character Craig the author had so much going on in his mind, but what a clever guy he must have been. There was a method to the madness in Craig's racy mind of mind maps, teenage angst and the depression that he was afflicted with.

What a talented author w
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
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars. For such a moving and detailed look at an important subject, I can't believe how little I've heard about this book. I was hooked from the first sentence: “It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.”

It's Kind of a Funny Story is a brutally honest contemporary following a teen who has a mental illness - yep, it's another one of those. But out of the thousands already published, this one stood out because it was so well written.

My hat goes off to Mr. Vizzini. He gave an hones
I really wanted to like this book. I truly, really wanted to. An ownvoices book about a depressed teenager which I heard had a happy ending? Hell yeah!

However, this book is very Hell No and here's why:

- so much transphobia: there's a trans woman in the book. Why? We don't know. She's a sex addict, really creepy and loves to hit on straight guys. She plays no role in the bigger storyline and she's really only there to be insulted and then quickly removed from the psychiatric ward. Oh, and every s
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
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A book that deals with teen depression and mental illness. It’s a tough topic to tackle, but the author managed to blend some light humour in with the dark issues dealt within this book. I guess knowing that the author committed suicide himself made this book feel a little more morose. I only wish he took his own advice and listened to his own last words written in this book. 3 sad stars.
Ahmad Sharabiani
It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. The narrator, Craig Gilner, is 15 years old, and lives with his family. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دهم ماه ژوئن سال 2018 میلادی
عنوان: این داس
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
By the time I finished this book, I was in tears. Because this end is full of hope, and this hope wasn't enough for the author, and it breaks my heart to know some people won't ever recover from depression.
But let's talk about this book a bit, shall we ?
The writing is raw, if you've been through or are suffering from depression, you'll understand what I'm talking about. What Craig is going through, it hits home for many people, it hits home for me, and I think you have to be in a specific mood
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's kind of a great story. ...more
 Sarah Lumos
A solid 4.5/5 stars.

After reintroducing reading for pleasure into my life in 2017, I came to discover that I enjoy contemporary novels with thought-provoking dialogues, complex social issues, comedic elements, and witty characters, so this book sounded perfect and it was. When I was 18-years-old, I was going through what could be considered an early quarter-life crisis – I was uncertain, insecure and ill-prepared for the competitive and rigorous academic environment at my college. At that time,
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars rounded up)
I really enjoyed this novel and it was the exact book I was in the mood for! I loved the development of Craig's character and every character was well written.
Thank you for this book and rest in peace, Ned Vizzini!
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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 life ended up being combi

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