“It’s kind of a funny story”

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“It’s kind of a funny story”

Brittany Williams, Staff Writer

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This cunning novel by Ned Vizzini shines a light into depression and suicide ideation, while still being hilariously astounding. Craig Gilner suffers from depression, most of his thoughts and feelings consist of his private professional school and his friends that most wouldn’t really call friends. Craig seems to be just drifting through life without and purpose or persuasion.

Craig becomes completely overwhelmed with suicidal thoughts and one night he calls a suicide hotline, he then checks himself into a hospital where his life changes completely. While in the hospital Craig is admitted to the upper level that is like a mental ward. While in this rehab he meets some different people who are all struggling in life in the same way.

An Egyptian roommate, a pretty girl with an unique look, a president that is obsessed with card games, and of course a concerned mother, father and sister outside of the hospital. Making lifelong friends he will always remember and coping with his depression using maps and art, Craig seems to be on the road to the “shift”.

This book is spilling with imagery and detailed with  roads and streets into character’s brains. Vizzini connects with the reader in such an astonishing way that heals the heart and makes the reader realize that everyone is struggling but not everyone shows it in the same way.

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