Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He 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 transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.
This book was so good! (so I gave it 5 stars, of course!) I was hooked from the beginning 'till the end. If you're feeling down a little bit, this books makes you excited about life again. You go through Craig's story, but it feels like you can learn from it as well.
I wanted to watch the movie as well, but there were so many differences in the first 8 minutes that I stopped watching. I'm not sure if I'm going to finish it though..
Do you recommend the movie?