Its Kind of a Funny Story by Ned VizziniAmbitious 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 Manhattans Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craigs suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.
'It's Kind of a Funny Story,' by Ned Vizzini
The book was inspired by Vizzini's own brief hospitalization for depression in November Craig Gilner, the narrator, is 15 years old and lives with his family in a middle-class Brooklyn neighborhood. He attends the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, having studied arduously to win admission. Once admitted, however, he becomes overwhelmed by the school's intense academic pressure. He has a longstanding crush on Nia, who is dating his best friend, Aaron.
In the early stages of the story, Craig discusses his small circle of friends, his mostly typical childhood, and his problems with stress and depression. Craig's friends Aaron and Nia also attend this elite academy. Craig attempts to deal with his problems by seeing psychologists and taking the anti-depressant Zoloft. Yet his efforts are not fully successful; one night, he decides to kill himself by throwing himself off the Brooklyn Bridge. Fortunately, he backtracks on this plan, reaches a suicide hotline, and is advised to check into a hospital and work through his problems. He does so, and enters the world of Six North, an adult psychiatric clinic in Brooklyn.
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