Thursday, April 27, 2006

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig worked hard and got into a hard highschool, he deserved it. He would get into a top ranked college too. Only, there is a wrongness about his being there, he can't eat, he can't sleep, his stomach hurts. He finds himself in a major depression and on pills. Once he starts feeling better, he goes off his pills and spirals way down hill. He is suicidal and goes the suicide hot-line. At their recommendation he checks himself in to a nearby psych hospital. Back on his pills he begins to feel better but still must find a way to deal with the nasty tentacles that reach out and make his stomach hurt and steal his sleep. In art therapy with the wonderful, troubled people he meets, he finds an anchor and a way out. The characters he meets are truly colorful gems. I wish them success. This story was written just after Vizzini was released from a psych hospital and is loosely based on his own experience. It is kind of a funny (think odd) story. But it did hold my attention.
JDW 4/28

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