Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Available at: Rwanda National Library
IT’S Kind of o Funny Story is kind of a funny story. It’s about 15-year-old Brooklynite Craig Gilner, who attends a prestigious college prep school that will set him on his way to the right college, the right law school, and the right job on Wall Street assuming he can bring up his 93 average.
Studying for his school’s entrance exam occupied Craig for months, and he was proud of his perfect score. Now, though, the school is a huge source of stress for him. He feels scattered and depressed, and even though he really likes the doctors who are helping him with his depression, he can’t seem to make what he refers to as The Shift, a move back to normal life.
When he calls a suicide hotline, they suggest that he go to the emergency room. From there, Craig spends five days on Six North, the adult psychiatric floor of his local hospital.
Actually, what’s funny about this book is that you want to laugh at it, but at the same time you feel guilty for laughing because there’s so much sadness.