This book is about Craig. He is a teenager living in the Big Apple aka New York City. The story follows Craig Gilner as he gets accepted into a prestigious school in Manhattan, and slowly starts to dwindle down into a spiral of stress, depression, and in the midst of this, picks up unhealthy eating habits. One night, Craig unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide. He instead is brought to a psychiatric hospital. The majority of the book encircles him, his emotions, and more importantly, his journey to a better, stable, and healthier life. It also just tells a beautiful story about the wonderfulness yet tragedy that is life. It is a book that will make you cry and then cry again, once from sadness and once from absolute joy.
The book is written in first person, allowing more of a personal connection between Craig and the reader. This is a book that addresses serious matters and the stigma around mental illness in a brilliant way, through laughter and a lighthearted tone. It is definitely a book I recommend to any and everyone and since it is a book published around 2007, it isn’t too difficult of a book to understand when compared to Shakespeare. An added benefit is that the font size is so large that it somehow compels you to read. There is also a movie that was made based on the book, while I remember watching it, it didn’t stick quite as much as the book, however it is a great watch. I hope you like it! -M