It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ned Vizzini

fiction contemporary young adult
hopeful slow-paced

444 pages | first published 2006

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

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emotional 87%
hopeful 74%
funny 54%
reflective 29%
sad 29%
dark 25%
inspiring 12%
challenging 9%
informative 9%
lighthearted 3%
tense 3%


medium 69%
slow 23%
fast 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 95% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 55% | Yes: 35% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 45% | No: 36% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4%

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