funny story

I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.

Craig, a depressed 15 year-old Brooklynite, is admitted to a psychiatric hospital after contemplating suicide. His journey back to health is kind of a funny story.

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note: depression and thoughts of suicide are not a laughing matter. Ned Vizzini wrote this book in 2006 following his own stint in a psychiatric hospital for depression. While Craig seems to recover, Vizzini never did. He committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 32. If you or someone you know is depressed or has thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. Seek help. These resources are a good place to start:

http://www.suicide.org/teen-suicide-and-youth-suicide.html

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/georgia-suicide-hotlines.html

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

a peek at It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini