It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ned Vizzini

Personal Review

My interest in this book was first piqued when my best friend snapchatted me the opening sentence: "It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself." In hindsight, I guess this isn't the typical hook that draws in readers, but as a sad teenage girl, why not read it and be angsty? I got a lot more than I bargained for when I expected a simple book about depression; I got sadness and love and joy and anxiety and humor in places I know I shouldn't laugh but I did. I fit myself in the too big shoes of the suicidal Manhattan native Craig Gilner and walked the halls of Six North psychiatric center. Through Ned Vizzini's flawless but sadly all too accurate writing, I felt the endless stomach aches and understood the suffocating embrace of life's Tentacles and the comforting security that are Anchors. Best of all, with its final words, this novel taught me to "Live. Live. Live."


“I can't eat and I can't sleep. I'm not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?”

“Life can't be cured, but it can be managed.”

“I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad.”

Ned Vizzini, Speaker for Those Who Remain Silent

Ned Vizzini wrote several books about teen depression, drawing from his own experiences; It's Kind of a Funny Story specifically was written a month after his temporary stint in a psychiatric hospital. His ability to weave the heartaching realness of depression, suicidal ideation, and anxiety into his work not only created another outlet to relate to for teens, but it also disclosed realities of depression that are not often understood. He wrote characters with unusual eating disorders and didn't cringe from exploring the world of the teenage sex drive. He was a voice for the people who wake up sad, for the people who dread waking up at all. His death in December of 2013 was mourned by many, but none so much as the readers he saved with his novels.
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