It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Recommendation inspired by: 
What is depression? - Helen M. Farrell

Why we love this book:
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a twist on the classic hero’s journey. Rather than a knight setting off to slay a dragon, we meet Craig, a high school student brave enough to confront his inner demons. When his clinical depression reaches rock bottom, Craig checks himself into a local psychiatric ward. Inspired by the author’s own hospital stay, the novel doesn’t shy away from the tough realities of mental illness, but balances it with heart, humor and infectious hope. As Craig demonstrates, not all beasts can be vanquished, but we can learn to live alongside them.

Recommended by:
Rob Smith, TED Team

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