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Publisher's Summary

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He 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, 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.

©2006 Ned Vizzini (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This book offers hope in a package that [listeners] will find enticing, and that's the gift it offers." ( Booklist)

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Entertaining story with a funny narrator

What made the experience of listening to It's Kind of a Funny Story the most enjoyable?

The quirky characters involved in interaction with the main character and how he sees them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked the professor and the other older black woman with no teeth.. they had a lot of character and provided for some very comedic scenes.

Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

My favorite was Jimmy...Robert Fass's voice of Jimmy's character was hilarious and very believable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book certainly made me laugh, I think that the narration (Robert Fass) played a large role in that. An excellent audio book to me is one that provides a very detailed description of the scene, characters, and if the narrator is able to portray all of the characters in different ways and voices as to bring life to them and create a picture in my mind.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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It's Kind of an Acceptable Middle School Book

Was expecting a humorous take on a teen's POV entering a mental hospital. What I read was sophomoric and moderately interesting. The main character probably has autism and suffers from depression with thoughts of suicide. He meets a gaggle of odd characters, as to be expected, and finally reaches his revelation. This wasn't worth my full credit, although it's not terrible and I wouldn't return it. On sale, good bet. You can also check this out from your library and skim it, saving your credit.

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  • Just Abi
  • Westminster, CO United States
  • 03-20-15

It's not a funny story.

Just really not a funny story of antics in the psych ward. More a majorly depressing story of major depression.

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Ok...I didn't hate it

Would you listen to It's Kind of a Funny Story again? Why?

No, once is good for me.

Did Robert Fass do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ok job

Any additional comments?

Predictable but still a good read; especially if you gravitate toward reads about mental health.

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But it's also kind of not a funny story.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think if the language were more vibrant (or Craig was more interesting), then I might have liked It's Kind of a Funny Story. However, Fass's voice is strange, and I really disliked how he read the female dialog.

What was most disappointing about Ned Vizzini’s story?

I came into this with high expectations, and it just didn't deliver. FYI: I know it's not supposed to be a funny story entirely, but even the funny parts aren't that funny. I spent most of the story waiting for something to happen, and when something finally did happen, I didn't really care. I really wanted this to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Girl, Interrupted, but it was nothing like that.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In my opinion, Fass's voice is too old for Craig, and the way he reads female dialog is less than stellar.

What character would you cut from It's Kind of a Funny Story?

Aaron. He's boring and serves little purpose, though he probably could have.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really bad story

The narrator was great, I enjoyed all the characters voices and all but, the book itself was extremely bad.
The story started out great on depression, giving people a view on what’s like. then it got weird, there were times where he was sexualizing his own mother, making transphobic comments, racist, and homophobic comments as well. I tried to assume that the comments were made as part of a mental illness but it was never discussed in that matter making it a very unnecessary add to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic V/O Work, sometimes difficult to follow

The narrator in the audiobook portrays different characters with a wide range of voices, dialects and accents. He is extremely talented and does an outstanding job. My only issue is that it is difficult at times to tell if the main character is speaking or just narrating his thoughts. Overall, superb job.

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Theme

I believe that this was an intriguing book that teens will find and can relate too. The narrator was splendid and the theme was thrilling

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Funny indeed

Fantastic book! Very real, take that from a resident expert. Great characters! I will recommend this one for sure ! Nice closed ending.

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Amazing book!

This book was a little slow at first but once I got into it I realized I was like literally almost done then when I finished I was kinda sad because I didn't want it to be over the speaker is also very good!!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful