May 25, 2006
Radio spots








WMCX Monmouth College Radio
Interview on "THE REBIRTH" w/DJ Raven, part 1 -- long interview, great music from U.N.K.L.E., Rammstein, skip ahead when you hear music to get to the interview
WMCX Monmouth College Radio
part 2 -- IMs from readers plus music from Blind Melon, Soundgarden, Cake, Zeppelin
WNYC Studio 360
Radio Show with Kurt Anderson - Great Stuff!
WNYC Studio 360
Radio Show with Kurt Anderson (continued)
WNYC Studio 360
Radio Show with Kurt Anderson (final segment)
Bill Thompson's Eye on Books
7-Minute Radio Interivew
Ned Vizzini | Official Site | Past & Present
Booklist 1-23-06

*STAR* Vizzini, Ned. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Apr. 2006. 448p. Hyperion, $16.95 (0-7868-5196-1).

When Craig Gilner gets into Manhattan’s exclusive Executive Pre-Professional High School, it’s the culmination of a year of intense focus and grinding hard work. Now he has to actually attend the school with other equally high-performing students. Oops. And so the unraveling begins, with a depressed Craig spending more time smoking dope and throwing up than studying. Although medication helps his depression, he decides to stop taking it. Soon after, he makes another decision: to commit suicide. A call to a suicide hotline gets him into a psychiatric hospital, where he is finally able to face his demons. Readers must suspend their disbelief big time for this to work. Because the teen psych ward is undergoing renovations, Craig is put in with adults, which provides the narrative with an eccentric cast of characters rather than just similarly screwed-up teens. And in his five days in the hospital, Craig manages to cure his eating disorder, find a girlfriend, realize he wants to be an artist, and solve many of his co-residents’ problems, including locating Egyptian music for his roommate, who won’t get out of bed. What could he do if he wasn’t depressed! But what’s best about the book is Craig’s voice––intimate, real, funny, ironic, and one kids will come closer to hear. Many readers will be familiar with the drugs, the sexual experimentation, the language, and, yes, the depression––or they’ll know someone who is. This book offers hope in a package that readers will find enticing, and that’s the gift it offers. ––Ilene Cooper
© Ned Vizzini 2000-2006
Favorite Parts
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Rowell of RI says: My favorite part of Be More Chill, is when Mr. Reyes speaks in his falsetto voice "Maaaaaa!", when I try to imagine it, I can't help laughing. This is my favorite book. No Doubt. Im going to try Jimmy Heere's squip moves on some of the ladies.. :) "Maaaa!"
Rowell's myspace








Violet of NY says: my favorite part of the book was... oh, let's see... THE WHOLE THING, aka my LIFE! I live in Park Slope, took the Stuy Test, attend Pure Energy Martial Arts (Tessa Gordon's still there), and have done numerous other things that you describe in Teen Angst?Naah...
Never have i identified more with a boook than with this one. I read books for escape, but it's like escaping right back into... you guessed it, My Life!








RYAN of CO says: THe part with chloe and jeremy heere i wish it went on for longer adn that stupid brock didnt come in
I LOVE THE SCSTASY AND SEX








Rocio of CA says: i loved the part about the prep for the Stuy Test [Teen Angst? Naaah...] since i can totally relate, even if i didn't do half as well on my own, similar, test :P
Rocio's myspace
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Kathleen of United Kingdom says: I didnt have a favorite part of this book, it was all amazing, i know that I am going to read this book over and over.
Kathleen's website
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Matthew of New Zealand says: My favourite aspect of both Be More Chill and Teen Angst? Naaah is that the parents (particularly the dads) are portrayed as decent people who are even funny and understanding, rather than as the hysterical losers/ screw up parents that are so ubiquitous in books aimed at young adults.








Janine of CA says: I would say my favourite part would be the whole Aunt Linda
conversation. I mean, I can totally relate. My family acts the same
way. And its the plot revealer... where he's just really honest (...and kinda harsh) about how he sees himself. It's the point where the book
really takes a surrealist turn.

That's my two cents... and more.
Janine's blog
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Brian of NC says: My favorite part of Teen Angst? Naaah... had to be the chapter about Nintendo. I, too, was raised by Nintendo. I have also had the video gaming dreams, the infinitesimally numb ass, and the thumb blisters. Mario was my babysitter until the age of thirteen or so, and look at how I turned out!!! And they say crack is dangerous...anyone know the number to Nintendo rehab?
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Robin of CA says: i liked the part when he was about to get laid but he messes up with the nipple ring and ruins it.








Ryn of CA says: God, it's hard to pick just one. In Teen Angst: Probably the part about playing Magic all night. In Be More Chill: The whole forking book. It's just hysterical. :)








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