How do you take such a complex and deep topic and make it understandable to everyone? Just ask Ned Vizzini! Ned Vizzini, the author of It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, takes the topic of depression and writes about it in a light hearted, yet sensitive way. Vizzini takes the complex topic of depression and opens the eyes of many to what people with depression go through.
Craig Gliner, the main character of the book, is a teenage boy who lives in New York. Craig gets accepted into the prestigious high school of Manhattan, but as he starts his high school career the pressures of both school and his peers becomes overwhelming. Not shortly after, Craig can’t withstand the pressure any more and almost kills himself. After Craig’s realization of what he was about to do to himself, he checks himself in at the nearest hospital where he is prescribed to check into a mental hospital. Since the hospital is unable to send Craig to the kids mental hospital, Craig is required to stay at the adult mental hospital. Along Craig’s journey of trying to face his depression, Craig makes some unlikely friends and makes some new discoveries about the world around him and even himself.
Vizzini addresses a serious issue from a teenager’s point of view, which made me enjoy the book even more. It wasn’t a book that was serious or depressing for that matter, but rather it conveyed a message in an entertaining way. One of my favorite parts about Vizzini’s writing style is his ability to sprinkle humor throughout his book. I also was intrigued by the book because Vizzini spent five days in an adult psychiatric to obtain accurate feelings and events that happen when people are handling depression. I would recommend this book to anyone, but I would especially recommend this book to teenagers in high school and adults that deal with teenage kids. I say this because this book assures teenage kids going through depression that it’s ok to seek help and that they’re not alone. Also, this book opens the eyes of teenagers and adults that aren’t going through depression to the realization that depression is part of reality and it is not an easy thing to cope with. This book wisely shows each side of those who are affected by one of their loved ones going through depression.It’s Kind Of A Funny Story has it all: humor, seriousness, realization, wittiness and even a sense of romance...and that is why I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Jessica Lypka