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A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.
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I enjoyed this book because I myself suffered for many years with depression. I hid it from everyone even if they knew about it I tried to hide it and how I truly hurt. Reading that an author could depict that into a book to kind of show light on how it is to deal with this. And the options that there is to get help but also know that no matter what in the end there can be help for you. This is a must read for anyone no matter who you are! Whether you are dealing with these issues or know someone who is. Or are just wanting to read a good book! This is perfect!
The novel follows 15-year-old Craig: he is depressed and suicidal. He attends a prestigious school which he spent months and months studying and working towards however, since the day of his welcome letter, he's never been happy. The school is just stress and grades, he's struggling to keep his head above water and admits himself into the mental health ward. The synopsis sounds cringey, teenagery maybe even predictable but it's not. The title sums it up perfectly: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' because it is. Never have I wanted to laugh at a character's cynical humour while wanting to cry over the bleakness of his life. I was emotionally invested and, more so, emotionally torn.
This book just did it for me and led me to read all his other books as well, they're so good. Definitely recommend reading this NOW
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is very well written and realistic as it is based on the author’s own stay on a psych ward. The writing does an excellent job capturing the fractured thinking that paralyzes Craig and stops him from being able to get anything done. I like how in the end Craig is still depressed since it’s not something that can be cured in just five days, but he chooses to see life differently following his stay at the hospital. I highly recommend this book!
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This book has been on my TBR list for some time and I bought myself a copy not long ago and finally got around to reading it and what an outstanding read it was. Craig’s depression is very much the fore-thought of the entire novel, written from Craig’s POV but it was extremely eye-opening to read abour how Craig percieves his world. I did feel for him, and didn’t want him to go through what he went through and thoroughly rooted for him to finally find happiness.
The other characters in the hospital were absolute gems and I think, helped Craig towards his road of recovery. They were fantastically written characters; ranging from a transvestite, a nutty college-professor, a Egyptian who never leaves his room and a girl who cut her own face with a pair of scissors. Although obviously quite tragic cases, they definitely bring an element of humour to an otherwise quite dark story.
That’s one of the most prominant things about this novel for me; is the fact that despite the sensitve topic the novel revolves around, it’s actually quite humerous in more ways than one. It was a fairly light-hearted story, with it’s darker scenes of course but not a story to stray from thinking it’s too, in need of a better word, “depressing”. However, it does have a very strong message about how pressure can affect teens and young adults; school, friends, grades, exams, fitting in and although seem like trivial problems, can have a lasting negative effect on an individual.
Despite not having suffered with depression, I do believe this is quite a accurate portrayal of not only your thoughts and feelings but the feelings of those around you who may not fully understand what you’re going though. For example, when Craig’s best friend Aaron says, “I think I might have that depression thing”. I did find some scenes and thoughts that Craig had hit home quite hard for me, because of person experiences. Which I won’t go into here but that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Being able to connect with a book on different levels and sharing thoughts and feelings with the characters.
What an incredibly powerful, moving and life-affirming read about depression and mental illness. Made all the more so by the authors devastating suicide. It was such a bizarre feeling, reading a book about the very thing that took over his mind in the end. Rest in peace, Ned and thank you for writing such an amazing book that probably has and will inspire and help generations to come.
To read more, go to: http://www.kirstiekinsblogs.co.uk/2015/07/its-kind-of-funny-story-ned-vizzini.html
But I enjoyed the film much more, the drama and especially the subtle dry comedy was very well done.
The book is just dull, the first half is unnecessary and ignored in the film, also the book is completely aimed at teens (understandably), where's anyone can enjoy the film. (42).
Anyway. I read this in three days or so. Loved it! Gotta say, it was pretty great!
I like how Craig is super awkward, but also really charming and smart.
The story is very believable, like the reviews say, but they also say it's funny, so I sorta imagined there being lots of laugh-out-loud jokes, but there wasn't really any. It was much more the generel characters awkwardness and random comments, that I found funny. But I rarely laughed out loud.
Anyway, I don't judge a book by humor. If I feel like I learn something, or is inspired by a novel, then I really like it, and I will deffinitely be reading this again.
I watched the movie after reading the book. And I kinda wish I'd seen the movie first, cuz there's such a huge difference between the two, and I couldn't help thinking "That's completely wrong" and they took out so many good lines! So if I'd seen the movie first, I wouldn't have been so distracted, and would probably have loved it.
It's not that the movie isn't good, it is, but the book is sooo much better!
I loved the ending (no spoilers), because it was so true to what's real in the world of mental illness. Which is a world I'm very familiar with..
I'd like to read more from Ned. He's got my attention now! Awesome novel!
Even though me and the main character had our differences (being that he was a hormonal young teenage boy) the writing makes you laugh and relate with him. He is not overly morbid although terribly depressed and has the self-deprecating humor that makes you fully able to see the worth in living.
I also think for anybody who is confused as to how they feel it's so useful in helping arrange thoughts and cope with diagnosis. It would also take away confusion for family and friends who struggle to understand somebody with depression and how they are feeling, this book makes it very clear that it is a disease, and a disease that can be coped with. They say you reach a point where you decide to sink or swim, and at that very moment I read this book. Much like the main character i'm now successfully swimming! So many thanks to Vizzini.
My 15 year-old daughter thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The book had a bit of a slow start for me and I felt certain situations could have been more entertaining, but it did it's purpose and I thought the ending was nice. The book is so much better than the film also.
I'm interested in reading stories based on the subject of people having mental difficulty, and if anyone else is interested in the same thing, I would consider that you read 'The Locked Ward'. It is the same situation of being in an mental ward, only it's from a member of staffs perspective instead of this story based on a patients point of view.