Edison Price "Ned" Vizzini (born April 4, 1981) is an American writer who is the author of books for young adults. His books are The Other Normals, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... He began writing for the New York Press when he was 15 years of age. He has written for The New York Times, The L Magazine, The Daily Beast, and season 2 of MTV's Teen Wolf.
As of 2012ABC television drama Last Resort. He speaks at schools and libraries around the world about mental health, writing, and how students can use writing as a medicine for mental health. He has spoken at UCLA; the Dalton School; the Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago Public Libraries; Murray State University; NYU; the National Council of Teachers of English; and at a Master's Tea at Yale.
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Ned Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999.
At fifteen Vizzini began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.
After he wrote an essay that was published by The New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combined into his first book, Teen Angst? Naaah.... Vizzini attended Hunter College, also located in Manhattan. As of 2012 , Ned Vizzini lives in Los Angeles and continues to write and to speak about his books. Vizzini's characters and situations are said to be based upon his time spent at Stuyvesant.
- Teen Angst? Naaah..., a "quasi-autobiography" that consists of essays about Vizzini's young adult years attending Stuyvesant High School.
- Be More Chill, Vizzini's fiction debut follows the adventures of Jeremy Heere, a terminally "uncool" teenage boy. Jeremy's life changes when he buys a "squip", a pill that gives the user instructions on how to act cool.
- It's Kind of a Funny Story, Vizzini's second novel follows a depressed young man who becomes suicidal and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital. The book was inspired by Vizzini's own brief hospitalization for depression in November 2004, as described in the book's endnotes. Its movie rights were sold to Paramount. The motion picture, starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, debuted on October 8, 2010.
- The Other Normals is a story about about a late bloomer who unexpectedly turns into an epic warrior at summer camp. Its publication was announced on March 21, 2011 in Publishers Weekly, and its cover was released on EW.com on February 24, 2012.
- House of Secrets, the first in a trilogy of novels co-authored by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus about the Walker kids, who find themselves in a mashed up world created by a fantasy writer's imagination.