I just finished reading It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini – this is my review!
REVIEW: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
TITLE/COVER. I absolutely love the cover design of It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, and I love how the cover design becomes a part of the story and a part of the solution for Craig.
CHARACTERS. Particularly in the beginning, I found it slightly difficult to identify with the characters in It’s Kind Of A Funny Story. I also felt, to some extent, that the female characters existed purely to drive the plot for the male characters – Noelle felt like she had very little personality, and Nia also didn’t have much of a personality either. While I enjoyed It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, there was definitely room for improvement in it’s handling of female characters. Craig’s obsession with Nia was understandable, but the way in which he suddenly decided to pursue Noelle (and then tried to take Nia back before realising his mistake) didn’t make any sense to me. That being said, I did like the interaction between Noelle and Craig overall.
PLOT/NARRATIVE. From start to finish, I felt It’s King Of A Funny Story had brilliant pacing. I had a brief moment of confusion between past and present in the beginning chapters, but I think that was more due to lack of paying attention – because Ned Vizzini was writing with his own experiences of mental illness as inspiration, I felt the novel handled the heavy subject matter very well and really humanised the people with mental illness.
OVERALL. I’m giving It’s Kind Of A Funny Story a 4.5* rating. I found it an effective story humanising those affected by mental illness, especially depression, and is a strong example of the importance of own voices writing. The only criticism I have is of the female characters and the way they were used – I would have preferred female characters who had depth and, for me, Noelle and Nia felt flat.
Have you read It’s Kind Of A Funny Story? Are you now considering it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!