My third book: depression and redemption in the psych hospital. This cover is familiar to readers who found the book prior to the release of the film.
"Insightful and utterly authentic... This is an important book."
-- New York Times Book Review
"Comparisons with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar seem inevitable... beautifully handled."
"It's terrific: funny, incisive, disarming."
-- New York Magazine
"The wise, witty narrator and sensitive handling of a hot topic should win over older teens--and their parents."
-- People Magazine
"Funny... [Vizzini] supplies personal insights and a clever, self-deprecating tone that make the book an entertaining read."
-- The Washington Post
It's Kind of a Funny Story is recommended by legendary Powell's Books:
Be More Chill (US) [Hardcover]
June 1, 2004
This is the original cover of Be More Chill.
That is my face screaming on the cover. Hyperion Books did a photo shoot with me silently screaming and then superimposed the visor.
"I wish I'd had a squip when I was a teenager. Actually, I wish I had one now. You know what? Forget the squip. Reading this hilarious book is what will make you cool."
-- Neal Pollack
"Ned Vizzini writes about teenagers without the Saved by the Bell, 'boy I sure love pizza' clichés. Be More Chill is a funny, perceptive, and surprisingly well-written read for all ages."
-- Robert Lanham, The Hipster Handbook
"I thought Be More Chill was very funny, well observed and well written. Very clever story, beautifully executed - definitely one to take notice of, and one of the cleverest plots I've come across in a long time."
-- Melvin Burgess, Smack, Doing It
"Authentic without pretense and honest without stifling morality."
-- Zoe Trope, Please Don't Kill the Freshman
"Authentic, refreshingly honest and hilarious. You have perfectly captured the angst-filled, sex-obsessed thoughts of today's teens. Also, it is an incredibly original plot."
-- Anne Rouyer, the New York Public Library
"As a two-time survivor of high school (once as a student and once as a teacher), I know how hard it is to write about adolescence. But Ned Vizzini gets it right -- the lingo, the rigid caste system, the minutiae of teen courtship rituals. Be More Chill shows that high school can be a hero's journey, a treacherous march through minefields of bullies, drugs, and unfairly complicated bra straps. A smart, funny book that shies away from sentimentality and cliché, Be More Chill handles powerful themes with a light touch."
-- David Benioff, The 25th Hour, When the Nines Roll Over
"Be More Chill is a sharp social commentary disguised as a high school sex (or no sex, in our hero's case) comedy. I was thoroughly entertained by Vizzini's clever take on the insanity (and inanity) of contemporary teendom."
-- Megan McCafferty