It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Just watched the movie a while ago.


It's Kind of A Funny Story is a story about 15-year-old Craig Gilner who accidentally admits himself in a psychiatric ward after a suicide hotline agent suggests him to head to the ER of a nearby hospital.

He's alienated himself throughout middle school in extensive preparation to get into Executive Pre-Professional High School. He meets Aaron. an intelligent boy who doesn't need all those said preparations to get into that school. Not long after that, he became best friends with Aaron, started smoking pot with him and then falls desperately in love with his girlfriend Nia.

Schoolyear starts at his prestigious high school and he realizes how ordinary he is compared with all the brilliant minds he's with. He started getting depressed and unproductive.

When he arrives at the psychiatric ward, the people he meets there changes him for good.


The last paragraph of this book are verbs that encourages you to actually action those action words. Just kidding. It's metaphorical. It tries to encourage a person to live and participate in life. That was a little too dramatic and inspiring at the same time. I'm kind of dissatisfied with the movie version though because they changed a lot of things (characters, events, etc.).

But with the movie alone, I like how they executed it. I just didn't appreciate reading the book and finding out how it's all suddenly a hoax in the movie. You get the feeling. Different characters and incidents equals different story, always.

Very nice young adult read. It's an okay book, if you ask me. It touched a lot of subjects.

Kudos Ned Vizzini!


Liviania | March 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I actually really like the movie of this one.

Laura Simpson 'BookNomming' | July 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I was really torn with both the book and the movie, I have just done my own review of this on

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