It's Kind Of A Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini
When 15-year-old high school freshmen Craig Gilner attends a Pre-Professional High School, an overwhelming wave of tasks takes over. The pressure becomes unbearable. He only finds peace in being lazy and using drugs. Craig eventually winds up in the hospital when he has a suicidal episode, where he makes a couple of friends who have struggled with life just as much as himself.
Personally, I found the book to be quite satisfying! In the beginning I could feel how emotionally deprived Craig was and all the pressure he was going through with school. Gradually, Craig gained happiness and self worth. Developed relationships with others that he valued. He was flourishing as a person before our eyes! The characters are well done but I had difficulty remembering which old lady was which...otherwise great job! Craig’s strange perspective on life is really interesting, its really what got me liking his character (as well as his love for drawing). I would recommend this to someone who is a teenager or someone with a sense of humor. This novel is all about Craig and how he overcomes depression and discovers what he really wants in life. Isn’t that all teenagers?
reviewed by T.G., Grade 10 Scona student