It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ambitious 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 Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He 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 transs...

Details It's Kind of a Funny Story

TitleIt's Kind of a Funny Story
Release DateMay 1st, 2007
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health

Reviews It's Kind of a Funny Story

  • Raeleen Lemay
    It's Kind of A Great Book
  • Megs ♥
    I came across this movie the other day on TV and watched it. I didn't think the movie was great or anything, but I thought the idea of the story was interesting. So I decided to give the book a try. I loved this book. It is about teens and it discusses suicide, sex, drugs and more, but it is a great book with an important message. Sometimes you have to get all the way to the bottom of the barrel before you can get back to the top.Craig is like a ...
  • Emma Giordano
    I'm so happy I finally read this book! It's been recommend to me for YEARS and I have no idea why I've been putting it off for so long. I loved the way this book captured depression and suicidal idealization. I really resonated with Craig's story. He really spoke to me and his journey of growth was very inspirational in my opinion. I also feel it had a more positive view of inpatient treatment/crisis intervention. A lot of YA books that approach ...
  • Kim
    Young Adult books seem to have a few formulas: divorce, unrequited love, death of a parent, self-transformation, and as of late... vampires. Oh... and angst. Usually always angst. Sometimes these can be written quite loverly. As with the few that have been jostled around GR lately,Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Book Thief ,I Am the Messenger ... These authors will come along and break, twist, switch it And manage to...
  • Kaitlyn
    I refuse to believe that writing a book from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy is any excuse for the level of transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and classism that defines this book. I kept trying to excuse the narrator--he's fifteen, he's sheltered, he's a stupid kid who wants to have sex with every female-bodied person he encounters (minus the poor ones, duh)--but that's not fair to fifteen year old boys. I was tolerating the book until Cr...
  • Lain
    Take a good helping of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," add a heaping spoonful of "Girl, Interrupted," and stir in a dollop or two of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and you'll have a good idea what you're going to get with "Funny Story." A week after the author, Ned Vizzini, was discharged from his own stay in the psychiatric ward of a New York hospital, he began the tale of depressed teen Craig Gilner. On the point of suicide, Craig ch...
  • Candace
    Craig Gilner is an ambitious teen wanting to get into the best school, go to the best college, and get the best job. When he gets accepted into the Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig believes he is headed on the right track. Soon, however, the pressure becomes too much. The class work, extracurricular activities, friends, girls, email, and pot smoking become more than he can bear. One night Craig decides to take his own lif...
  • aria [dear darling reader]
    While I could relate to this book on some levels... there was something about it that didn't quite gel with me.Was it the character? Not at all. I actually kind of like Craig.Was it the plot? Nope. I actually books that deal with psychological issues.Was it relatable? It was. It dealt with depression quite a bit. Even had suicidal thoughts at some point. So this was not it either.But I had a big problem with how the story was told. It dragged out...
  • F
    Was ok. Not a massive fan.Seen the film too.
  • Warda
    #BookTubeAthon Day 7, Book 7. Challenge: Read and watch a book-to-film adaptation.I think if you liked We Are the Ants, then you’ll like this book. A story about a boy who deals with depression and anxiety and learning to manage it in the most beautiful way.
  • Rachel
    ETA: Ned Vizzini's death makes me feel sick to my stomach with sadness. Rest in peace, so sorry he lost his fight.The plot of this book -- teenage boy admitted to mental hospital for five days to treat anxiety/depression -- is super close to my heart and I wanted to love it, but the execution reminds me way too much of John Green. Those of you who love John Green: this is a recommendation! But personally, there are few types of characters that an...
  • Lotte
    I read this in less than 24 hours. All I can say is, that it's still such an important read and one of all-time favorite books. I recommend it to everyone.
  • Eve
    “Everybody has problems. Some people just hide their crap better than others.”Craig Gilner is a fifteen-year-old Brooklynite who’s spent the past year waiting for “The Shift” to take place. Up until a year ago he wasn’t an insomniac, could hold down more than four bites of food, didn’t break out in cold sweats, could finish his sentences, and didn’t have cycling thoughts about committing suicide.Through a series of events, Craig f...
  • Alexa
    Despite its overly confident title, I failed to find the humor in It's Kind of a Funny Story. However, there were many things about this book that were, in fact, an absolute joke.I tend to be overly generous with regards to book reviews, so I let Funny Story take three stars. If I could, I would grant it two and a half stars, but that's not an option on Goodreads. And I will admit, there were a few things about the novel that I liked.I suppose I'...
  • Matilde Park
    okay, so, i don't know what to say about this book. it focuses on some privileged white dude's depression recovery in the Best Possible Circumstances and ends up, starting in the middle of the book, becoming really, strangely transphobic/transmisogynistic (think "trans women as deceivers for the male gaze"), to the point where after our trans lady is bussed out of the novel, the main character decides, 200 pages later, to remind us that his new g...
  • Drew
    4 1/2 stars. For such a moving and detailed look at an important subject, I can't believe how little I've heard about this book. I was hooked from the first sentence: “It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.”It's Kind of a Funny Story is a brutally honest contemporary following a teen who has a mental illness - yep, it's another one of those. But out of the thousands already published, this one stood out because it was so well ...
    Depresyona girmiş bir karakterin hikayesi ancak bu kadar eğlenceli olabilir sanırım. Okumadan önce kapağının tatlılığına vurulsam da aklımda hep "bu kitap bayar mı ki ya, depresyon bu sonuçta?" diye bi düşünce vardı. Ama Craig'i o kadar sevdim ve okurken onu o kadar iyi anladım ki... Tuttum ben bu kitabı :')On beş yaşındayken intiharın eşiğine gelmek artık çok normalleşti sanırım. Çünkü hepimiz "başarıya" odak...
  • Bern
    It's Kind of a Funny Story isn't my usual kind of book, to be honest. Its synopsis makes it clear from the get-go that it's a book about a character going through some tough times, which isn't usually my thing because I'm of the opinion that we go through enough tough times ourselves without watching or reading about other people having it too, but I have myself gone through depression and I thought, "Well, here's your chance to read about tough ...
  • Becca
    I really cannot describe how much this books means to me. I read it for the first time when I was only twelve years old on a trip to Wisconsin and it helped me come to terms with a situation in my life I really couldn't understand. I had read it many times between that and the last time I read it, sometime last year, when I felt almost exactly like the main character in this book did. I really cannot say in any words how much this book helped me ...
  • Alyssa
    I’m just going to put this out there, in case you have the preconceived notion - like I did - that this book is supposed to be a hilarious, slap-knee comedy about being a depressed teenager on the brink of suicide: this book really isn’t that funny, and I seriously wish it hadn’t been so desperate to be. To an extent, this book is enjoyable, even credible. Within the first 100 pages of this book, the MC-underdog Greg Heffley Craig Gilner wo...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comNed Vizzini has a distinct advantage over other authors who write about teen depression, attempted suicide, and the ins and outs of psychiatry--as a teen he was clinically depressed and even spent time in a psychiatric hospital. That experience has allowed Mr. Vizzini to bring to life the kinds of situations that were once largely absent in teen fiction; that of the fact that not all teens are happy, spontaneous...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    I love this book with all my heart. I read it on a trip to Cuba with my family and I spent the whole day reading. I didn't talk to anyone. I was in Cuba on the beach and all I wanted to do was read this piece of art.
  • Sarah Espresso
    A solid 4.5/5 stars. After reintroducing reading for pleasure into my life in 2017, I came to discover that I enjoy contemporary novels with thought-provoking dialogues, complex social issues, comedic elements, and witty characters, so this book sounded perfect and it was. When I was 18-years-old, I was going through what could be considered an early quarter-life crisis – I was uncertain, insecure and ill-prepared for the competitive and rigoro...
  • Greg
    A Synoptic Version of a Review Written but then Deleted. AccidentallyThis is a book about a kid who thinks about killing himself but doesn't. It is edgy; I mean that there is sex and f-bombs in the book. The characters do drugs too. Kids will like that, some parents will get their closed little minds into a fucking tangle over it. I wrote a whole review and then accidentally refreshed the page and lost it. Oh well. I'm not even going to try to re...
  • Romie
    By the time I finished this book, I was in tears. Because this end is full of hope, and this hope wasn't enough for the author, and it breaks my heart to know some people won't ever recover from depression.But let's talk about this book a bit, shall we ? The writing is raw, if you've been through or are suffering from depression, you'll understand what I'm talking about. What Craig is going through, it hits home for many people, it hits home for ...
  • Ephemera
    A lot of people have summarised this already, so I won't bother. I started off really liking the book because Craig is a character that I found easy to relate to, as I have depression and some similar thoughts to his. At some point, however, it fell kind of flat, especially when Noelle was introduced. At that point it became all about sex and how much he wanted it, and sex was treated like the key to overcome his depression...all wrong. At that p...
  • Suzanne
    This reader has the knack of choosing depressive stories, as does this reader have a knack for being affected by depressing stories. I was very interested in this one though as the author lost his life to the disease, and I can see through his character Craig the author had so much going on in his mind, but what a clever guy he must have been. There was a method to the madness in Craig's busy mind of mind maps and teenage angst and the depression...
  • Amy | shoutame
    A beautifully delivered novel - something I would definitely read again in the future.- We follow the story of a teenage boy named Craig. Craig is an extremely ambitious young man who has a very clear idea of what he wants for his future and how he is going to get there. Unfortunately the build up of pressure and stress surrounding school causes Craig to slip into a very depressed state. With circumstances not seeming to get any better and the on...