by: Nedd Vizzini
5 of 5 stars
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. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. For a novel about depression, it's definitely a funny story.
Yes, it's kind of a funny story. Not that funny, but yeah I laughed. The main character, Craig, have a funny way to see things. He always divide the things he do and have by anchors and tentacles. You can guess which one is bad and which one is good. He have depression, but it was thanks of how much he overthink everything. That's how I see it. I'm not saying that he didn't have a problem, because he was. But I think that he intruced himself in that problem.
He check in himself in a mental hospital, which was a funny thing. Because I really didn't know (neither the character) that you can go to a emergency room and say something like: "I have suicide thoughts, can I intern myself here?" The nurses did all the paperwork while he was in a room looking at everyone and someone supervising that he didn't try to kill himself. Funny, right?
While being in the mental ward, he discorver friendship and even love. He change the way to see and think about everything. It's very good to read this book. I really like it! At the end, the point of the book is that no matter, how tough your life is. You must continue, and you must accept your problems and search help. Never embarrass about yourself and always... LIVE.