Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I bought this book without knowing what it was really about. I figured the teaser at the back sounded promising as it seemed to introduce a bunch of quirky, not-so-cliche characters which many books seem to use nowadays. It was also interesting how it involved a story of a suicidal boy which reminded me of how interesting “Perks” was.
To be honest, the book was a bit slow and depressing when it started. I’m not a fan of depressing books so I guess that has to be a factor too. I actually planned on skipping this book for another but I figured it should get interesting as a friend of mine, whom I really think is cool when it comes to song and book interests, told me it was worth a read. And it was.
It picked up quick after Craig, the main character, entered the psych ward. I don’t want to spoil it but let’s just say that place, despite how most describe it as a place for the crazies, seemed to be the normal world we envision. A world filled with characters who express themselves freely, where no one gives a fuck about where you came from or what your problems are, and a world where people like each other just because they feel like they like each other. No strings, no prejudice.
The book was really great and I was hoping it would be longer but I guess the author decided to cut it off at just the right length. It was also interesting how the book contained the following at the last page:
Ned Vizzini spent five days in adult psychiatric
in Methodist Hospital, Park Slope, Brooklyn,
11/29/04 – 12/3/04.
Ned wrote this 12/10/04 – 1/6/05
Whether he wrote it himself or not, one thing’s for sure: this book envisioned his thoughts and emotions in deep manner. Perhaps this book was his own life story.
I loved it but wouldn’t really recommend it to everyone. It has its audience and is quite selective at that.
Thank you Ned. May you rest in peace.
“People are screwed up in this world. I’d rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”