Review: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny StoryIt’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time. And so when I finally picked it up I was so eager to delve in and read a book which deals with such important subject matter.

This book had a good plot. Anything which realistically portrays the way mental illness affects individuals is something that I hold in high esteem.

However, I was very disappointed with certain aspects of the book.

Firstly, I was not a fan of how much sex (or longing of) was in this book. I’m more than ok with the romance in this book, however the sex really wasn’t needed considering how the main focus of this book was supposed to be Craig’s depression. Sex in the book is somewhat portrayed as Craig’s aim in the book, rather than him recovering.

I also didn’t like the way a transgender character was treated in the book. Craig often used transphobic language throughout the novel, which was incredibly disappointing to read. Craig’s character was never reprimanded for his transphobic views and therefore the reader doesn’t see it as wrong. Transphobia is something which happens each and every day, and is something which needs to be tackled. With the recent news about Leelah Alcorn (RIP) it becomes more and more apparent how transphobia is still an issue which needs to be tackled.

I thought that this book could have opened a door for readers by dealing with the issues mentioned above. Unfortunately I held my hopes too high.


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