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One of my fondest memories as a child was going to our town library.  …  My sisters and I would lug home as many books as we could carry.  … What beauty on those pages – wondrous illustrations, astonishing journeys, laugh-out-loud antics.  Stories are food for the soul, and my mother fed us well on library books.

Sarah Clark Jordan
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Teen Read --" It's Kind of a Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini

Event Date: 
Jun 23 2014 - 4:00pm

Book discussion.  Stop in to pick-up a copy of the book. 

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig 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 cast of memorable characters, each with their own demons and drive to recover. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his own anxiety.

At the end of the discussion, pick-up a copy of Jellicoe Road and join us for the July 7th Teen Read.