Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

kind_of_a_funny_story_coverNed Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a novel about a teenage boy, Craig, who suffers from depression, and about his experiences in the mental hospital. Unlike most books about psychological issues, this story has a light, humorous vibe all throughout and gives the reader a positive view of life and their own experiences in general. Not once did I want to put this book down, and I even ended up finishing all up it in one sitting.

The book was based on the author’s own experiences in the mental hospital and his own hospitalization a couple years before the book was published. What I personally loved most about the book was how each character had their own interesting backstory and how much it was evident that the author put a lot of time into making each character truly special and unique.

For those of you who are interested, there is also a movie made after the book starring actors like Emma Roberts and Zach Galifinakis (although I highly recommend reading the book first). I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of books like Girl InterruptedGo Ask Alice, or Eat, Pray, Love.

-Sara S., 10th grade

1 thought on “Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

  1. Wow. I read this book after prompting from this post (and also one from of my friends, who is an avid fan of the movie) and it is one of the best uplifting novels that I have read on depression and seeking help. Thank you for your review, you’re really exposing people to something great.

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