Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig 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, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a moving tale about depression, that's definitely a funny story.
Now im not really sure how to review this book because i don't really know what my opinion is. It wasnt bad..but it also wasn't that good, it was kind of just meh.
You get a good view on what things are like in a mental hospital and into the brain of a person with depression. The characters were interesting.
I didn't really feel any emotion while reading this and i found myself easily distracted from it so it took a while to get through, it wasn't really a book i could sit there and continuously read.
The ending was somewhat bland and i just found myself not really that interested in it.
I would probably say its worth a look at and there's definitely people who would enjoy this but it just wasn't really my thing