Critics recognized many themes in It's Kind of a Funny Story, such as being yourself, and finding out who you are. Kirkus Reviews stated that the novel addresses "the influence of peer pressure", and how depression recovery can be attributed to being oneself and "acceptance for who he is".
The book is widely celebrated, with it being selected in 2007 by the American Library Association for its list of the Best Books for Young Adults. It was also met with critical applause from multiple publications including the New York Times, who described it as—"Insightful and utterly authentic…this is an important book." However, some critics suggested that It's Kind of a Funny Story is a funny but sometimes dull story. Kirkus Reviews stated, "while these thoughts are truthful, it does not make them interesting". They also added, "what results in a slow start to an easy, occasionally long-winded novel". Despite the occasional dullness, they also praised the book to be "humorously poignant". Another critic, Jennifer Brabander from The Horn Book Magazine, also praised Vizzini, stating "despite the serious topic, Vizzini again manages to be quite funny".
In It's Kind of a Funny Story, most critics agreed that the book is believable and seems real. It is mostly based on the author, Ned Vizzini's, own experience in an adult psychiatric hospital. Jennifer Brabander, an author in The Horn Book Magazine, stated, " A bulk of this novel (which is based in part on Vizzini's own experience) remains believable." Ned Vizzini also agreed with this statement when James Blasingame interviewed him. Vizzini stated, "It's Kind of a Funny Story was based on my real life and is 85% true." Vizzini stated in his interview, "I put Craig in adult psychiatric because I actually went into adult psychiatric in November 2004." Brabander also agreed when she wrote, "Vizzini spent 5 days himself in a psychiatric hospital, which inspired him to write this book."
Main article: It's Kind of a Funny Story (film)
In 2010, Focus Features released a film adaptation directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film starred Keir Gilchrist as Craig, along with Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz, and Lauren Graham.
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