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 college to get 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.
"This book offers hope in a package that [listeners] will find enticing, and that's the gift it offers." (Booklist)
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It's Kind of an Acceptable Middle School Book
- FanB14 "Short, Simple, No Spoilers"
Entertaining story with a funny narrator
The quirky characters involved in interaction with the main character and how he sees them.
I really liked the professor and the other older black woman with no teeth.. they had a lot of character and provided for some very comedic scenes.
My favorite was Jimmy...Robert Fass's voice of Jimmy's character was hilarious and very believable.
The book certainly made me laugh, I think that the narration (Robert Fass) played a large role in that. An excellent audio book to me is one that provides a very detailed description of the scene, characters, and if the narrator is able to portray all of the characters in different ways and voices as to bring life to them and create a picture in my mind.
- Gabriela "Say something about yourself!"