Posted: May 19, 2015
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 HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THIS WAS WRITTEN BY MY 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. AS A MOM I AM SO PROUD OF HOW ARTICULATE SHE IS WITH THIS PIECE AND THAT SHE WAS SO AWARE THAT SHE WAS THOUGHTFUL ENOUGH TO INCLUDE THE 1-800 NUMBER. SHE HERSELF HAD STRUGGLED WITH THIS ISSUE FOR A VERY SHORT WHILE BUT WAS ABLE TO WALK THROUGH IT WITH MEDICATION, COUNSELING, AND A LOT OF LOVE. OUR KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO A LOT. FOR HER IT WAS BULLYING. THE PRESSURES NOW ARE SO DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE. I HOPE YOU ENJOY HER REVIEW AND THE BOOK IF YOU CHOSE TO READ. THANK YOU.