Monday, March 21, 2011

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It is time for my #6 post in my week long marathon of posting! I am so excited that this week is coming to a close! Mainly just because I am proud of myself for actually completing it! I mean for going so long without any real posts and to then do a real post every day for a week! I can't believe I made it! YAY!!!

It was exactly the kind of kick in the butt that I needed to get back on track. I'm looking forward to taking a break from writing so much everyday but I promise to keep up with my blog more.

Today I'm going to post on a book I read called It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Ned Vizzini started writing articles for the New York Press at the age of 15 and not long after began writing essays that were published in The New York Times Magazine. Some of these letters were combined to make his first book, Teen Angst? Naah... that was published when he was 19! Then 4 years later his first fictional novel was published; Be More Chill. It was around this same time that Vizzini suffered a minor bout of depression and checked himself into a mental hospital for 4 days. Just 6 days later he began writing It's Kind of a Funny Story, and he finished it in less then a month!

I really loved this story and it was written with such humor.

One of the quotes from Teen Vogue on the back of the cover says "A book about depression that's not the least bit depressing."

Okay, well that is just not true. I mean, maybe if you have never experienced a day of depression in your life then you might be able to gloss over certain parts that hit a little too close to home for the rest of us. But it is quiet funny. Vizzini has a great ability to include sarcasm and absurd humor in very dark scenes without taking away from the emotion of the moment.

There were a lot of lines in this book that I could easily relate to, but one in particular was when the main boy in the story says "It's when they compliment you that you're in trouble. That means they expect you to keep it up."

All my life I've never been able to take a compliment and it always shakes my confidence as soon as someone does compliment me. Seems weird right? But to me, a compliment always registered in my mind as a standard. A standard I would never be able to live up to or top again.

A movie was made based off this novel just last year, and it was when I saw the trailer for the movie that I knew I really wanted to read this book. The book was really good but the movie version turned out to be only okay. They didn't make too many changes from the main storyline and the changes they did make were all justifiable. It had a great cast, my only wish is that Lauren Graham had been in it more. She played the main boy's mom and in the book the mom has quiet a few scenes but I guess there wasn't time for all of them in the movie version.

Okay I guess that is all for today. I'll see you all tomorrow with my last post in my week long marathon of posting!

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