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Book Review It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sorry about the lack of posts, but I have been very ill recently and I have my exams coming up so there has been little time for blogging. Once my health is sorted though I am planning to write a few posts in advance so my blog stays updated.

I haven't done a book post in a while so I thought it was time to update you on my recent reads. Saying that I finished this book a month ago but in my opinion a month is still recent so we're going with it. Moving along, I saw the film adaptation of this before I read the book which I know is a sin to most readers but hey ho I read it so who cares?

The film stars Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis Keir Gilchrist and is enjoyable as a stand alone, although it isn't the best adaptation of the book. Then again, there are hardly any films which are carbon copies of the books they are based on; we will ignore this train of thought though or I'll ramble on about the likes of Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

The book is centred around 16-year-old Craig Gilner and his stay in a psychiatric hospital, the people he meets there as he fights depression. The reason I love this book so much is because of how raw it is, that it deals with peer pressure and the issues teens face with the pressure they are under at school. Initially, the book was a little slow to start as it sets out Craig's life to show the reader why he he ends up in the psychiatric hospital.

I love how well written the characters are and that it is one of the few books, that I have read at least, which addresses that depression can happen to people even if they do have the textbook version of a 'good life'. It's inspiring as it shows there is hope as by getting help, Craig finds people who make him want to be better. He finds people who inspire him to do what he wants even though it's completely different from the path he is currently on. He finds there, what makes him happier and will hopefully make him better. It's not filled with sadness too, surprisingly this book does have quite a few amusing moments that had me laughing to myself more than once. I think that's what is good about it, it isn't some doomed romance or a pit that it is virtually impossible to escape. It's just a coming of age novel that addresses the stresses teens are actually under these days. It's realistic as Vizzini based some ideas of it on his own stay in a psychiatric hospital.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes the style of writing of John Green as it is a fairly similar pace to his novels. As I said though, that for the first few chapters at least, this is a book you do have to stick with but it is worth it when you finish it.

One of my favourite parts of the book is actually the last paragraph. It urges you to live, despite feeling like sometimes you can't. It just puts everything into perspective, that despite the all kinds of shit your life might be right now it won't always be shit. You aren't worthless or an idiot. Those are just labels you're applying to you and no one else agrees. If they do then fuck them! They aren't worthy enough to be in your life. Today might be crap but tomorrow might be better. Live for the next day, the next week, the next year. Just Live.