Words cannot describe how I feel about this book right now! First of all, I watched this movie back when it came out and it's one of my favorite movies! I'll have to watch it again this weekend and then write a comparison piece for you all, but yeah. I had no idea if the book was going to be that good or not. I was setting my expections very high, but I definitely was not let down!
First off, the characters are amazing. Each one has their own unique personality and I love how quirky some of them are. And just the way the story is, it just works! I love Craig's transformation in the story. I like how he also changes love interests due to him changing. It's kind of awesome! I love how Armelio can't stop playing cards, especially Spades (he'll crush you in Spades) and how Humble always gets himself into trouble. I liked Noelle's character a lot as well.
The storyline was really good and I like that it was based off of how long the author, Ned Vizzini, actually spent in the adult psychiatric hospital. Apparently about 85 percent of this was true to Vizzini's story. That makes the storyline amazing just with that.
I just really liked how honest the story was. It really feels like that at times. Especially the Cycling or more commonly known as the snow-ball effect. You start thinking of what you're doing wrong, how much it will affect your day, your week, your month, your LIFE. I was especially sad though to find out that Vizzini had eventually killed himself in 2013, about 7 years after the book was published. To know that he was battling depression just makes the story so real or at least the feeling behind the writing.
Overall, a definite 5-star read! I recommend to anyone and everyone if not just to gain knowledge about depression and other illnesses.