It's Kind of A Funny StoryBook
Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job-Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig's 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, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, 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. For a novel about depression, it's definitely a funny story.
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vv1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
Sexual Content: Sexual refernces, but they aren't thouroughly explained. Some sexual situations, but they are very minor.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The whole book can be kind of depressing. In the institute, soem people tried to commite suicide, and that is why they are in the hospital.
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“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”
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This book really shines a light on mental Heath within teenagers. It tells a story of a teenager and his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. His whole perspective is changed when he gets admitted to a mental hospital. He meets a girl and a nurse. He becomes good friends with the patients and learns a valuable lesson. This book tackles many issues that teenagers face today. While mental health is a serious issue this book is has a big sense of humor and you’re guaranteed to cry and laugh.