Monday, January 6, 2014

Author Bio: Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini started writing as a teenager in the late 1990s. He was born in 1981 and lived in New York City.

He did lots of freelance work as a high school student (a lot of which you can read about in this week's review book). In 2004, Be More Chill - his first novel - was published, and it was criticized by many for not having a clear moral, but it's also widely celebrated by Vizzini's fans.

His second novel, It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006) is what most people remember Vizzini for, perhaps because it was turned into a movie in 2010. It's based on Vizzini's five-day stay in a psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn for suicidal depression.

In 2012, he published The Other Normals (another novel) and wrote two episodes of MTV's "Teen Wolf." With Chris Columbus (the filmmaker) he wrote the first novel of a middle-fantasy series, House of Secrets, in 2013.

Despite years of travelling to give talks and writing essays about getting help for suicidal depression, Ned Vizzini committed suicide on December 19, 2013.

We're going to do our tiny part in remembering him by reviewing Teen Angst? Nahhh...: A Quasi-Autobiography this week.

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