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Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A…

Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A Quasi-autobiography

by Ned Vizzini

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Written by a NYC teen. This book is based on journal entries the author kept while in junior high and high school. Each humorous essay focuses on some event in his young life such as preparing for the SSHAT test, his first girlfriend, and getting drunk. A good book to point up "writing what you know." Ned is a regular kid, a nerd even, who's straight and narrow but ocassionally gets caught up in hi-jinx or stupid decisions. Booktalk: read pp 128.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I'd recommend this to my friends for sure. This book is brutally honest about what it's like to be a teenager and how being in high school has its up-sides and down-sides as well as awkward moments. But it's really straight-forward about how life works in your teenage years and offers some great advice. 5Q4P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this to high school students. I chose to read this book because another book by Ned Vizzini, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is my favorite book and Vizzini is also my favorite author, so I was really interested in what his life was like when he was about my age. MayaG
  edspicer | Jul 23, 2014 |
It's usually decent, but it's not the equal of the more famous work (It's Kind of a Funny Story)....

It's divided into segments, mostly unrelated, and there are some bad segments, annoying, but if you forget about what doesn't work it passes the time at least.


There's also a real gem on page 55 on the nook version-- "My dominant nerd brain was telling me to stay home and cram. My subordinate cool brain was causing problems."-- but this sort of thing does not happen nearly often enough to make it great, nor as often as "It's Kind of a Funny Story" would lead you to expect. It's basically like a sort of silly footnote to (or, chronologically, a rehearsal for) his most famous work, with the sentences quoted above as a sort of blurb or summary.

A usually decent little footnote/rehearsal/(or, chronologically, for the new edition) re-hash.... not more, not less.

[He was also only nineteen when it was first published, so I guess you have to keep that in mind. It was also before his psychiatric hospitalization, so that's something you're missing out on, although, well, whatever.]

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  fearless2012 | Feb 21, 2014 |
After I read the 444 pages of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (which I feel obliged to defend, because the movie is nothing more than a snooze-fest), I made it a point to read more by Vizzini. I tried Be More Chill last spring. Needless to say, it didn’t work out — perhaps I will allow a second chance some other time. Instead, I took this as an opportunity to explore the pages of Teen Angst. I had no expectations for it to yank a riot of laughter from my lungs, but I hoped it could produce moderate ha-haing.

This book is for anybody who relates to the woes and mortification one can only endure by living through a misery called high school. I suspect, however, that Teen Angst more closely resonates among “nerds” — kids who sacrifice a night of sleep for a Magic card game, for example. In other words: this book is anyone who knows the awkward horrors that accompany puberty. This includes pre-teens, teens, and adults. All that you require is a sense of humor.

I can’t say I have had an addiction to Magic: The Gathering, but I think many of us can present a portion of ourselves that own a nerd-like label. Labels are for soup cans, Raya! OH, shut up. Labels are so integrated into our schools that I say labels are practically fused into the infrastructure. Which label you were or are coined in high school is beside the point, because I have no doubts we share qualities that dip into several: jock, loner, or stoner — it doesn’t matter. We all have some geekdom in us; albeit, some more than others (and some prouder to show it).

Starting with the year before Vizzini’s entrance into Stuyvesant, Teen Angst? Naaah… chronicles his high school years. From failed encounters with the opposite sex, a trip to The View, rock bands, Magic cards, Ninetendo, beer, to playing Jesus, Vizzini documents it all. (That is not the entire list, of course, but it has to end somewhere.) The illustrations that join the text are too dull for my taste, resembling simplistic computer graphics. Frankly, I could do without them, as the images don’t add to the humor. They don’t necessarily take away from the humor, either, but I’d prefer an all-text copy. The humor, while not exactly my taste, is “clean,” self-deprecating, and relatable. If this book can’t stir some memories of your own funny moments, you’re a nut! ( )
  the_airtwit | May 19, 2013 |
"Teen Angst?" is a collection of short essays about Ned Vizzini’s life as a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, aka Stuy High. Many of the experiences he writes about are almost universal, such as working at an awful summer job, dealing with embarrassing parents, and trying to understand members of the opposite sex. All of these experiences are recounted with honesty and humor.
I first read this book when I was fifteen or sixteen, and I absolutely loved it. Because the essays were written when Vizzini was in high school and published when he was nineteen, the teen voice is authentic, without condescension or moral overtones. However, he is much more honest than an average teenager would be – for example, he admits that he told his friends he lost his virginity when he was sixteen even though he remained a virgin through the end of high school. I appreciated his candor and willingness to articulate emotions that teens may be hesitant to express themselves.
I'd recommend this book for kids ages 13-18. ( )
  relientkatie | Dec 26, 2007 |
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The events in these stories are real. Some names have been changed so I don’t get yelled at.

Ned Vizzini writes about the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments that made up his teen years. With wit, irony, and honesty, Teen Angst? Naaah . . . invites you into his world of school, parents, street people, rock bands, friends, fame, camp, sex (sort of), Cancun (almost), prom, beer, Nintendo, the cool (and almost cool), and more. A Holden Caulfield for Generation Y, Ned Vizzini is an original voice to be reckoned with, read, and enjoyed.

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A collection of essays written by the author from age fifteen to seventeen in which he shares impressions of school, sports, cool people, boring people, friends, family, money, music, and obsessions.

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