Life doesn’t have the same appeal to Craig Gilner, 15, after acceptance into a difficult, prestigious school. Unable to eat or sleep and wanting the wrong girl, he decides to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. But instead, Craig checks into a psychiatric ward. There, he meets a quirky group of patients… including teenage Noelle. Away from the Tentacles of his old life, can Craig find the Anchors to a new one?
Inspired by his own stay in psychiatric care, Vizzini’s book rings true. Have a teenager in your life suffering from depression or another mental condition? Hand them this book.
Learn More: It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Publishing info: April 1st 2006 by Miramax — ISBN 978-0786851973
Age Range: 14+, YMMV… (Strong language, sexual situations, drug use, difficult subject matter including discussions of suicide and frank discussions of mental conditions.)
Olivia’s Rating: 4 out of 5 smiley pumpkins
Psssst! There’s also the movie to check out!