It's Kind of a Funny Story

Book review by Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Brilliant, edgy story about suicide best for mature teens.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 13+

Weird, sometimes adult exploration of suicide fine for teens

It's Kind of a Funny Story is an interesting, kind of strange exploration of depression and suicide. Though it's obviously not written for adults, it has some adult content--language includes one or two F-Bombs, "b-tch," etc. The main character frequently thinks about and discusses sex--though most of the references are somewhat obscure--and there's some pretty crude sex talk between teenagers, including discussion of masturbation and genitalia. Kids smoke pot. The book delves into self-harm and hospitalization, so expect some upsetting themes. Other than that, should be fine for teenagers. Overall, though, it isn't very well written. Other titles cover the same themes far better.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

"... Not for good but for real."

I was going to write a raving literary review but I decided against it. The thing is plain and simple. I love this book. Whether you get in depth or not, it is a great book about a hard subject. It helped me. Not for good, just for real. You don't even have to relate a whole lot, but you will, for this to help you, because you will, at the very least, understand depression a little better. This is a book I will be re-reading. This is a book everyone should read.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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