It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini gives insight into the world of depression from a 15 year old boy’s perspective. Craig battles with depression after being accepted to a prestigious (and demanding) high school. The pressure of living up to external standards is too much and Craig begins to have suicidal thoughts. This book chronicles Craig’s brief stay in a mental hospital where he gets a break from his “tentacles” (his term for school work, fake friends, and other forces that bring him down) and tries to develop some “anchors” (genuine friendships and a budding interest in art).
Despite the subject matter, this book is not as solemn as it might seem. Craig narrates his story with a lot of humor. I found myself laughing at his take on certain situations even if the situations themselves were grim. Teens who are coping with depression would appreciate the honest portrayal of a young man trying to rise up above his mental illness. Even teens who are not familiar with this condition will enjoy the colorful characters and the uplifting moral of the story.
Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 lupines
I just realized that there is a movie adaptation of this book-can’t wait to see it! Has anyone read the book and seen the movie? If so, what did you think?