Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.
I feel terrible giving this book a three star rating. I just went in expecting too much. I’ve heard many great things about this book. And I think that’s the thing. I try to refrain from reading reviews because I feel like my mind gets altered because of them. With hearing so many good things, came great expectations.
I feel like this book was too long. I felt like Ned made the days last forever. But I guess that’s how it is when you’re depressed. I felt like this book was never going to end.
My major thing about this book is that there is almost no happiness in this book. I think the only time I smiled or felt happy was when Muqtada was in the scene. He was by far my favorite character in this book.
Overall, I feel like this book was a good read. It just wasn’t my cup of tea at this point in time.