Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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The cover of the book "It's Kind of a Funny Story".

The cover of the book "It's Kind of a Funny Story".

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   About three weeks ago on a warm Saturday, I went to my local bookstore to get some new books to read while enjoying the weather. The first book I picked up was “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini.     

   I was immediately intrigued by this book because the back cover held an incredibly interesting summary of Craig and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital. I have previously read books about people being institutionalized and those who struggled with bad habits (“Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous is one I would recommend) so the back cover pulled me right in.

  “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” flowed in such chronological order that I never got confused and felt like I was walking with Craig through his whole journey. I really appreciate the fluidity of the story because it makes so much sense and explains Craig’s emotions so well.

  Through his time at the psychiatric hospital, Craig meets several interesting characters who have been through so much more than him. My favorite is Muqtada. Muqtada is Craig’s roommate during his stay at the hospital. Muqtada speaks his mind while laying in bed for a majority of his time rooming with Craig. The two of them see the best and worst of each other and that leads to some humorous and friendly chapters.

  Without giving away any spoilers, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” has everything a good book needs from heartbreak, comedy, a bit of love and a thick plot full of interesting characters. I would give this book an 8/10 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read with an interesting plot.

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