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Ned Vizzini (1981–2013)

Author of It's Kind of a Funny Story

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About the Author

Ned Vizzin was born in New York City on April 4, 1981. He began writing professionally as a teenager. He wrote essays and articles for the New York Press, the New York Times, and other publications. His first book, Teen Angst? Naaah...: A Quasi Autobiography, was published in 2000. His other books show more include Be More Chill, House of Secrets co-written with film director Chris Columbus, and It's Kind of a Funny Story, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 starring Zack Galifianakis. His television writing credits include MTV's Teen Wolf, and the NBC drama Believe. He committed suicide on December 19, 2013 at the age of 32. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006) 4,287 copies
Be More Chill (2004) 937 copies
House of Secrets (2013) 630 copies
Teen Angst? Naaah . . . (2000) 367 copies
House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts (2014) — Author — 231 copies
The Other Normals (2012) 224 copies
House of Secrets: Clash of the Worlds (2016) — Author — 103 copies

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contributor — 764 copies
21 Proms (2007) — Contributor — 301 copies
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday (2004) — Contributor — 164 copies
Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 136 copies
It's Kind of a Funny Story [2010 film] (2011) — Original novel — 38 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Vizzini, Edison Price
Date of death
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Cause of death
jumped off the roof of a building
Hunter College



Found: Siblings trapped in author's fictional world in Name that Book (December 15, 2023)
Ned Vizzini, suicide in Librarians who LibraryThing (December 2013)


Most of it was well-done, but there were some major plot points that really didn't sit well with me.

1) Jennifer is a perfect example of how not to write a trans character. Trans women DO NOT want to "fool" you into having sex with them. Medical staff shouldn't out their trans patients (although God knows many of them probably do), and outing them isn't likely to produce a nonchalant laugh. It's an unbelievably shitty thing to do. Her name isn't "Jennifer/Charles," it's JENNIFER. And similarly, she's a SHE, not a "he/she/it." (Even if you don't agree with me, what kind of human being calls another human being "it"?)

2) When Craig maliciously tells Nia's boyfriend she's taking antidepressants, Vizzini treats it like you're supposed to be cheering for Craig as he alienates people who are not good for him. Er... no. That's a nasty, manipulative, and just plain shitty thing to do to a person. From then on the text treats Nia with total disdain, which is also weird and feels icky.

Other than that? Cute, ridiculously indie, with a few nicely written bits and a few cliche ones. I'm curious if the movie will be better or worse. I really hope they cut the Jennifer bit, because it's unlikely to get better in the retelling.
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caedocyon | 137 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Recommended: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
This book was insulting to women for the way they are treated and viewed, and insulting to men for the idiotic and disgusting way they are portrayed as acting. I believe "vile" or "foul" would be a great way to sum this book up.

Beyond the outright misogyny and objectification here, it was genuinely idiotic. The magic liquid needed is Mountain Dew? Was this written by a horny fourteen year old? Because that is exactly what it felt like. This seems like something a lonely, horny fourteen year old boy might write.

The fact that it gets praise and has been adapted into a musical is vaguely terrifying to me. I don't understand if those reading this are just also misogynistic idiots, and so love it because it reflects them, or if they are somehow desperately blind to that entirely, which is possibly worse.
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Jenniferforjoy | 26 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
For an adult, this is just OK. It's fun but I had to force myself to finish it.

For a kid, I think it would be awesome! There is more action in this book than in a summer blockbuster movie! Pirates, giants, skeletons, mid evil soldiers, witches and warlocks...I'm sure I'm leaving some things out.
hmonkeyreads | 29 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |

Ned Vizzini - It’s Kind of a Funny Story: Immensely talented writer, and his death leaves me feeling rather conflicted about this book. #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews
khage | 137 other reviews | Jun 18, 2023 |



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