It's Kind of a Funny Story is a novel about a stressed teenager named Craig Gilner who begins to feel the effects of his mental health issues. He finds that the hobbies he used to enjoy are no longer entertaining, and he quickly starts to turn to suicidal thoughts. Although his friends and family attempt to help him, they do not understand the magnitude of the situation. One night, he attempts suicide and fails. When he checks himself into a mental hospital, his life begins to change greatly.