Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job—Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy. At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away.
It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself" is the attention-grabbing first line of Vizzini's (Be More Chill) highly readable and ultimately upbeat novel. Though Craig was elated when he passed the entry exam for Manhattan's highly competitive Executive Pre-Professional High School, during his first year there he grows increasingly overwhelmed. Matters aren't helped by his new habit of smoking pot and then tormenting himself by hanging out with his best friend, Aaron, and Aaron's girlfriend, Nia, on whom Craig has a longstanding crush. Unable to eat and seriously considering suicide, Craig checks himself into a psychiatric hospital. There, Craig finds his true calling as a visual artist, begins a promising romantic relationship with another patient, helps yet another patient get a place in an adult home, and arranges a thoughtful treat for his reclusive Egyptian roommate all in a mere five days, a timeframe that readers struggling with their own issues may find somewhat daunting. Still, few would begrudge Craig his exhilarating recovery. The author clearly has not lost his knack for conveying the textures of teenage life. Ages 13-up.
I love this book so much
From a person who’s been in a mental hospital, and who’s been through very similar scenarios to those in this book, this book hit, and it hit HARD. I legitimately cried reading the last page, and I’ve reread that last page again and again whenever I’m really going through it. I finished this book the day I was 6 months out of inpatient, and it gave me the exact same feelings i had that day when i got out. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone
A must read.....
This book had me obsessed from the first chapter on. I literally could not put it down and the novel it’s self really help me to feel as though I was not alone when I too was going through a really dark time. I would to 100% recommend this novel to anyone!!!
Honestly, I'm a 15 year old who doesn't enjoy reading...at all. But I can across this book one day while I was in target and thought I'd give it a try. I couldn't put it down!! I procrastinated on so many homework assignments just to read this book. My geography teacher yelled at me one day for reading it during an assembly and right when she walked away I started reading it again. I'm so sad I finished it. This book is so amazing! Read it!!