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Friday, January 30, 2015

A fictional, but true story

It's Kind of a Funny Story
It’s Kind of a Funny Story

By: Ned Vizzini

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 444

Published: 2007

Read: January

3 out of 5

It was strange reading this book after the fact that Vizzini committed suicide in 2013. This book is a fictional story about a teenager who spends 5 days in a psych hospital. Then at the end of the book, Vizzini shares that he actually spend 5 days in hospital for mental illness in 2004. He wrote the book the month after getting released. The story itself was good, but I don’t believe a person, that is supposedly clinically depressed, could be considered cured enough to be successful in the “real world” after only 5 days. The book also didn’t mention any group therapy sessions, just fun activities – cards, movies, and art. This was very unrealistic to me. Furthermore, I don’t think the title was a good choice, but maybe that was because he was depressed when writing it – because it wasn’t very funny. I believe It’s Kind of a Hopefully Story would have been a better choice.  

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