Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

“So why am I depressed? That’s the million-dollar question, baby, the Tootsie Roll question; not even the owl knows the answer to that one. I don’t know either. All I know is the chronology.”
― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Craig Gilner is a freshman at the Brooklyn Executive Pre-Professional High School and suffers from depression. Although he got a top-score at the admission test, he now finds himself strugling with schoolwork, eating, sleeping, and feels disconnected from his friends. When at one night he wants to kill himself, he instead checks himself into the psychiatric hospital. At first he is shocked to find himself there, but he soon adapts to the daily routine and rediscovers what’s important to him.

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