Spencer’s Corner~It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

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It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Synopsis: A humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital…

The book was inspired by Vizzini’s own brief hospitalization for depression in November 2004.

Review: I found this book on Goodreads one night and decided to get it to read on my kindle. When I started reading the book I wasn’t that impressed, the main character Craig was sort of irritating. All he cared about for the first 40% of the book was his best friend’s girlfriend. It became very annoying, and it made me stop reading for a few weeks. I resumed the book and after that he checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, this was when the book started getting good. It became a very fast read, and the story developed into more than just a book about a boy wanting something he couldn’t have. It was at this point in the book where I really started loving Vizzini’s writing style. It took a while to get into but once you get into it you don’t want to stop reading it. I would recommend this book to people who liked Perks of Being a Wallflower. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Ned Vizzini will be greatly missed; he was a true talent in young adult novels.

About the Author: Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.

After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combined into his first book, Teen Angst? Naaah…. Vizzini attended Hunter College, also located in Manhattan. Ned Vizzini lived in New York City. Vizzini’s characters and situations are said be based upon his time spent at Stuyvesant. Ned Vizzini died December 19, 2013.

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