It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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Vizzini’s witty, self-deprecating sense of humor keeps this winding yet entertaining novel about recovery and understanding afloat.
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Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job—Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy. At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away.
 

About Ned Vizzini

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Ned Vizzini began writing for The New York Press at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he had his first book published, Teen Angst? Naaah . Ned is also the author of Be More Chill, the first young adult novel ever chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Books for 2004. Ned lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published September 25, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 464 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Vizzini’s witty, self-deprecating sense of humor keeps this winding yet entertaining novel about recovery and understanding afloat.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by TANYA LEE STONE on Jun 18 2008

One of the most disturbing realities present in this novel is the many characters who need meds to cope with getting through school. We root for Craig to heal, and we root for all the others in the same boat...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 10 2008

It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself" is the attention-grabbing first line of Vizzini's (Be More Chill ) highly readable and ultimately upbeat novel.

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by Julia Cai on May 23 2008

Ned Vizzini convincingly portrays the subject of clinical depression in his novel, It's Kind of a Funny Story, through the eyes of Craig Gilner.

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