Ever felt a little crazy? Try spending a week in a psychiatric hospital.
Ned Vizzini uses his experience with anxiety and psychiatric treatment to write a charming, quirky story about teenage depression and one boy’s struggles to beat his illness. Craig Gilner, our odd hero, is a freshman at one of
’s top pre-professional high schools, who is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend and can’t sleep. When Craig’s anxiety spirals out of control, he plans to ride his bike off of the Manhattan , but instead checks himself into the local hospital and is admitted to Six North, the psychiatric wing for teenagers and adults. What follows is a humorous account of Craig’s days in his new world and the colorful characters that keep him company in Six North. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is the perfect story for anyone who’s ever felt out of place or a little down on themselves. It’s a heart-warming tale of healing, nestled nicely in a modern-day setting with realistic characters and plot lines. Anyone who has suffered from anxiety can relate to Craig, and anybody who hasn’t been through it can appreciate the strength is takes to overcome a mental illness. This is absolutely a must-read for any high school student. Brooklyn Bridge
Reviewed by Carolyn, grade 12