BOOK REVIEW: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – by Ned Vizzini

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Title: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary
First published: 2006
Finished reading: December 27th 2014
Pages: 444
Rating 5

“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.”

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This book has been on my TBR pile for quite some time now, and I’m glad I finally came around reading it. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is without doubt a book with a powerful message about (teen) suicide, and it cannot be ignored that a little over a year ago Ned Vizzini unfortunately chose the same fate. His death does make you analyse this novel in a different way and it was hard to put a rating to his words. I have tried anyway. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is well written, the characters feel real and Ned Vizzini was able to mix rather heavy subjects with humor. It’s a book that will leave its mark; It’s Kind Of A Funny is unique, in a good way. Definitely recommended and one of the best books I’ve read in 2014!

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Teenage Craig is what you call overambitious and is determined to do everything to achieve the best possible results and future. He forgets about everything else as he studies practically day and night to get into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, and when he finally gets in, the pressure to continue on this high level becomes too much. His ‘friend’ Aaron gets him into drugs, and soon he is starting to feel down. He stops eating and sleeping, wondering what to do with life, and how to continue. Then one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig was saved by nobody else than himself. He checks himself into a nearby hospital, and is soon transferred to the mental ward. At first he is not sure if he really wants to be there, but soon he realizes this is the best place to finally confront his current situation and possibly find a solution. He slowly improves and when he rediscovers his talent of drawing maps, he becomes ‘famous’ among the other patients. They are not just any maps, but maps that show what is going on inside different brains…

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It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is not only a moving story about a teenager who is trying to recover from a serious depression; it is so much more. Ned Vizzini was able to create a very unique tale that is without doubt worth reading. The mix of serious themes with interesting prose and humor makes this book a must read for those who enjoy reading contemporary books and are interested in reading about mental health. I sincerly hope Ned Vizzini went to a better place, and I thank him for leaving behind his words and beliefs in the form of this powerful book. Again, a must read!

Reading Goals: 2015 Edition

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With the new year already being two days old, it is time to sit down and think about my reading goals for 2015. Last December I managed to read 8 more books with a total of 2.617 pages, bringing the total number of books read in 2014 to 91 and the number of pages to 31.983. Way higher than I originally anticipated, and a number I probably won’t be able to reach this year. Then again, I won’t be looking for quantity this year; I will be trying to read slower, enjoy more and above all read books I have been wanting to read for ages. More concretely, these will be my goals:

READING:

  • I’ve set my Goodreads goal to read 60 books; 31 books less than my final number last year. Like I said before, I will be aiming for quality, not quantity.
  • weekend-reading1Read at least 5 classics (only those I haven’t read before count)
  • Finish rereading the Harry Potter series (last three books left)
  • Complete at least 5 series (can be trilogy as well; rereads don’t count)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 50 books and keep it that way (currently 85 books are waiting to be read…)
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year

 

bloggingBLOGGING:

  • Finish and improve all my older reviews
  • Update more frequently and try not to get too behind with reviews (example: I still have to write the last two reviews for last year… Oops!)
  • Be more active in the community and try to comment more. I always try to, but somehow it is hard to find enough time to read, blog AND comment on the blogs I follow…