It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny StoryCraig 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 becomethan he can bear One night Craig decides to take his own life Before he does he reach out to the Suicide Hotline Craig goes to the hospital and admits himself into a mental hospital From there he meets the residents and gets on the road to better understanding his illness.I found this novel to be right on the mark I too have spent time in a mental hospital on suicide watch I felt Ned Vizzini handled the issues of anxiety, depression and suicide with humor You ll understand the humor when you read the novel and tacked, even the cycling of thoughts is handled well It helps us to appreciate the storyknowing that the author spent time in a mental hospital Unfortunately, Ned Vizzini committed suicide in December 2013 I recommend this book to better understand the issues of anxiety, depression and suicide. my immediate reaction after reading this its kind of a funny boring story oh boy i cant help but feel a bit let down by this throw in some guilt to the emotional mix and you have me not wanting to write this review first things first i understand that this book was written the month after vizzini spent some time in a psychiatric hospital and was based on his own experiences there hence my guilt for rating this so poorly i do think that was an asset to the story, as it really portrayed depression and anxiety authentically however, as much as i hate criticising personal experiences, that was probably the only good thing about this book everything else was just kind of meh the main character is often described as having a flat affect , and thats exactly how i would describe this story its just completely devoid of any sort of emotion a boy admits himself into a facility, he meets some heavily exaggerated people, he gets released five days later thats really all that happens the writing and emotive qualities are just so simplistic and flat that it renders any sort of insightful moments ineffective so whilst i thought some aspects of this book were decent, im not sure i would recommend it to anyone i feel like there are manyimpactful and effective stories about mental illness health out there that would be better 2.5 stars Genau Wie So Viele Teens In New York Sieht Auch Craig Gillner Die Aufnahme In Die Manhattan Executive Pre Professional High School Als Ticket In Die Zukunft An Doch Als Er Den Aufnahmetest Bestanden Hat, Beginnen Seine Selbstzweifel, Immer St Rker Zu Werden Schlie Lich, Als Es F R Ihn Nur Noch Die Alternative Selbstmord Gibt, Weist Er Sich Selbst In Die Psychiatrie Ein Und Genau Dort, Wo Es Niemand Vermuten W Rde, In Gesellschaft Einer Gruppe Von Seltsamen Menschen Um Seinen Gyptischen Zimmernachbarn, Der Sich Seit Jahren Weigert, Sein Bett Zu Verlassen, Einen Chassidischen Juden, Der An Den Folgen Zu Heftigen Acid Genusses Leidet Und Eines Sexs Chtigen Transsexuellen, Findet Craig Zur Ck Zu Alten L Ngst Vergessenen St Rken 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 apositive view of inpatient treatment crisis intervention A lot of YA books that approach this topic go the route of showing it as an unpleasant, unhelpful, get me out of here as soon as possible place And while that is true for my personal experiences , I think it is extremely important we have a positive view of these situations as well so not to discourage individuals from entering a hospital that may very well save their life.Overall, I truly loved this book Definitely one of my new favorite mental illness novels Let s be real, I say that every time I read a new mental illness novel bUT I MEAN IT THIS TIMEIt s Kind of a Funny Story really stands out to me as a well developed, beautifully constructed novel with an immense amount of depth and growth within it s pages I would highly highly recommend 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 rise above the whole stigma of what it means to be reading YA.I think I found another one Ned Vizzini I knew nothing of you prior to finding you on the GMBA Green Mountain Book Award list And, well that introduced me to Zusak, Foer, Vowell So, I jumped in all willy nilly You didn t disappoint In fact, you re one of those child prodigies publishing your first book at 19 He began writing articles for The New York Times Press while still in school and continues to do so, getting an essay published in The New York Times Magazine.yeah, I hate you It s Kind of a Funny Story centers on Craig Gilner, 15 Basic overachiever, two parent household, precocious little sister, privileged Not someone that I usually bond with But, the writing is so dead on so unpretentious and raw I loved it Usually I d be all cry me a river, buddy but to watch this 15 yr old lose it Yes, I don t put it quite so eloquently deal You really get sucked in You get to think How much pressure is there on kids to succeed Did it start with my generation I don t remember the be all end all of my parents having to complete college I come from a very blue collar situation, my father didn t even finish junior high Yet, it was ingrained in me to get into college and that if I didn t, I d be a nobody A loser Forget about making anything of yourself Now it seems that even THAT is not enough It has to be the right college, with the right grades 93s are average, my friend , you have to have the RIGHT extracurriculars etc, etc Who wouldn t break down Craig s disconnect reminds me of Oskar in Extremely Loud he has his own terms his own language Tentacles are the evil tasks that invade life and then jut out into new tasks that lead to new ones that take him away from his original goal Cycling is when his brain won t shut down, it repeats each tentacle which leads to the ultimate failure A fake shift is when you think that these issues are being resolved, but it s only a front a temporary reprieve Anchors are the items that hold him down keep him safe He finally decides that he s going to take the big leap off the Brooklyn Bridge that this is the ultimate anchor, but instead finds himself self admitting into a psychiatric ward in a local hospital Here is where Craig shines, finds his voice And it s not overtly formulaic You see yourself in this fucked up kid you see how he can relate to amphetamine heads and transvestites and how he can reach back and truly find his anchor which happens to be making brain maps drawing the streets, highways, bridges, traffic circles, chaos, order, symmetry, beauty that s in all of us, wrapped around firing neurons and SSRIs and warped brain cells It s truly beautiful It s funny, typical teenage boy shit and a joy to read Sounds strange, but not Because this is life and it can suck and it can hurt and it can overwhelm and make you feel minuscule and that s okay Because every now and then okay can be your anchor and maybe there will be less days when it will suck When we realize, like said in this booklife can t be cured, but it can be managedWe hope. 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 Craig, our hero, refers to a human being as he she it and that was probably the high point of his encounter with a trans woman When she got human pronouns at all, it was always, always he She was hypersexualized, devious, lying, manipulative, and disconcertingly hot.But it s OK because Craig is our HERO He knows he s flawed as he continuously reminds the reader, he has to be to end up in a psychiatric treatment facility but, of course, his depression is his only real flaw and the cause of all of the ways in which he treats other people terribly but he becomes the Savior of Six North, helping the other patients with his penis and his privilege I say this at the risk of sounding like an angry feminist But, well, I m a feminist and this book made me angry From the sexual assault survivor he teaches to love again though his continued advances are clearly unwanted and unneeded , to the poor man he saves with the shirt off his own back, all of the other patients in Six North LOVE Craig and are sure to tell his parents what a great kid he is The ones that don t love him are just too messed up to see what a great guy he is Somehow, amid all the Craig worship, we get a few moments to laugh at the silly conflict in the middle east and their silly religions That s fun Vizzini manages to pack in everything that could possibly mortify and still save room for tedious writing and contrived plot devices I would say it was a waste of time, but a little bit of self righteous indignation can be nice from time to time Unfortunately, this wasthan a little bit of self righteous indignation. It took me a while to finish, but I liked it.Full review to come 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 checks himself into the hospital, hoping to come to find hope beyond his depression Inside he gains perspective on his illness, his current lifestyle, and his own talents and strengths Smoothly written with a strong voice, Funny Story is full of vivid, real characters What rings less true is Craig s almost miraculous recovery and ability to gain a new lease on life after only five days However, the fairly unbelievably happy ending was welcome after the flood of depressing books that seem to be hitting the charts. In respectful acknowledgment of Vizzini s suicide on 19 December 2013, I have cleared my rating of his book and removed my review.There is notragic occurrence in a family s life than the suicide of one of its members My most heartfelt sympathy to Vizzini s wife and young son. 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 , 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 lot of teens nowadays Overly stressed out He is very smart and has a seemingly bright future ahead of him until he decides that being a teenager is simply too much to handle and he contemplated just how easy it would be to commit suicide Luckily, instead, he calls a suicide hotline, but then he shocks his family when he checks himself into a mental hospital Only problem is that the teen ward is closed down so he is forced to live with the adult patients and meets an interesting group of people.This was a very touching story and one that everyone who has ever had depression can probably relate to even if just a small amount It s an inspiring story, because it shows that there are ways to get help The self discovery that Craig goes through is amazing He learns that no matter how bad you think your life is, there is always someone worse off Of course we all know that, but we may forget it sometimes, especially when we are at our low points and throwing ourselves pity parties thinking things couldn t be worse.The characters were all well written, and I really feel the fact that the author had been in a mental hospital before showed through the vivid descriptions of the place and types of people you may see there I m not sure why, but I feel like the fact that he is a now successful person and openly admits that he had a stay in a mental hospital makes this book stand out to me in comparison to most other YA books that deal with mental illness It s one thing to write about these things even having well researched the subject, but it s entirely different writing about them after experiencing them firsthand Also, I thought the writing in general was good I love when an author can write about such a sad subject, but make humor shine throughout This book is about suicide, but it s not depressing I laughed a few times as well The only parts I didn t enjoy were the romantic ones It seemed totally contrived The chances of two teens put into an adult ward and falling in love are just so bad The best part about this story was Craig s upbringing This wasn t the typical suicide story where they kid had it rough, and in the end couldn t take it He had a great family with supportive parents and a beautiful little sister He was quite privileged, and I m glad that author was able to show that mental illness does not discriminate Even the most together person in the world can suddenly become depressed and the stigma attached to mental illness is something that infuriates me.Even though this book was made into a movie it doesn t seem too popular so maybe I m in the minority Maybe it just isn t well marketed I have no idea, but I would recommend this book for sure.

Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999 While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combi

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