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 -- 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'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 transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
I think I was in 7th grade when I read this book. I definitely will need to reread this because I can not remember much about it! And yay! for the Ida Maria song in the background.
How cute does this look??! I've seen the book around but have never picked it up. I will now!
AHHHH! DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1! I am so, so excited for this. Holy crap, I can't even begin to describe it. I'll be rereading all the books late October - the midnight premiere!