Literature / It's Kind of a Funny Story

A 2006 novel written by Ned Vizzini and its film adaptation.

Craig, an ambitious, pot smoking teen, gets in over his head when he applies and succeeds in getting in the Executive Pre-Professional High School, and he spirals into depression and eventually suicidal thoughts. He has trouble eating and sleeping. He eventually plans to commit suicide because his life is spiraling out of his control with his best friend dating his crush and him failing school. Craig calls the suicide hotline and the rest of the story starts from there.

From there a slight suspension of reality is needed when he is put into the adult ward of a mental because the teen mental facility is being renovated. And what's more, he has to stay five days straight, minimum. Craig soon realizes that the people in here all have real problems. As you can probably see, it's kind of a funny story.

As noted, this book was made into a movie in 2010, starring Keir Gilchrist as Craig and Zach Galifianakis as Bobby.