Craig Gilner is determined to get into his dream high school–Executive Pre-Professional High. He studies for hours each day and carries flashcards with him. He takes the entrance exam and makes a remarkable score. 800 out of 800. This is when things go downhill.
At Executive Pre-Professional, he realizes that he’s nothing compared these kids. His grades are mediocre–93s, he doesn’t do any extra-curricular activities, and his homework is piling up. All he does is hang out with his friend Aaron. Soon, the pressure builds up. He begins having trouble sleeping and can’t keep his food down. Then, one day Craig checks himself into a psychiatric hospital for depression. Among the patients is a transsexual, a girl who scarred her face, two ex-druggies, and an Egyptian who spends his day in bed. At the hospital Craig has time to think things over and change things about his life.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is an enjoyable read. Craig’s stay at the hospital is a funny one. One of my favorite scenes is when all the patients do art with Joanie. It’s like a preschool class. I also liked that Craig’s a very relatable character. The book would have fallen flat if he wasn’t, really. I recommend you read this book. It’s over 400 pages, but the print is large. It can easily be finished in several hours. I look forward to reading more by Ned Vizzini.