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Teen Angst?: Naaah...A Quasi-autobiography (Laurel-Leaf Books) Mass Market Paperback – August 13, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Laurel-Leaf Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (August 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044023767X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237679
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Of this autobiographical account of coming of age as a teenager in New York City, PW said, "Readers will likely laugh at 19-year-old Vizzini's awkward antics. He shows a real talent for self-deprecating humor." Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-The author, who is described as being a little on the geeky side and not too suave with girls, recorded his high school experiences between the ages of 15 and 18. These essays, originally published in the New York Press and New York Times Magazine, now appear in this compilation. Vignettes do not necessarily lend themselves to a straightforward plot, so the fiercely intelligent and introspective Vizzini concentrates on style rather than action. His wonderfully sardonic voice, like Daniel Pinkwater's in The Education of Robert Nifkin (Farrar, 1998), suggests a wisdom beyond his years. "The teen world is full of second prizes. Nobody wants to hurt our self-esteem." His timely scenarios include a Nintendo obsession, Magic cards, a visit to ABC's The View, and singular incidents with marijuana and alcohol. Echoing The Wonder Years, Vizzini's adult self comments on his high school self by way of sidebars, which sometimes include Web addresses for more information. He comments on his lame attempt to sleep with his girlfriend during his senior year, "I felt so bad about being high-pressure that I became no-pressure, never discussing it, never bringing it up." Black-and-white cartoons interspersed throughout the text give the book a "zine" feel. This surefire title is bright, insightful, and thoroughly charming.
Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Naaah... an autobiography by, Ned Vizzini.
Mid-Praire Teen
One of the few truly, genuinely funny and unpretententious books I have read in many years.
"help4kids"
Naah... was one of the best books i ever read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on April 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book the summer before I started high school at Stuyvesant in Manhattan, which happens to be the school that Ned went to (go Stuy!). His book was very accurate and insightful about the school, and I was able to relate to some things he felt. Even though he graduated when I was still in elementary school, things have stayed the same. Things like the Magic Card gang on the 6th floor are still real for my grade. It was a funny read and I literally couldn't put it down until I finished.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stevenskatherine@hotmail.com on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. When I first saw it in the library, I thought it was some sort of self-help book for teens written by some middle aged woman. Boy, was I wrong. I grabed it because I needed to get a book for class. I thought I'd just pretend to read it, and continue to talk to my friend sitting next to me. However, once I read the first few lines, I was fully imersed in Vizzini's quant and zany style of writting. I am now reccomending the book to nearly all of my friends, because I think they will relate. And I know my friend Andrew will love the constant mentioning of his favorite band, Nirvana. You will not be dissapointed with this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 4, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This memoir was very interesting. I chose this particular memoir because it was a story of Ned Vizzini's high school life, something I can kind of relate to. It didn't seem like a memoir, it seemed like a realistic fiction novel. Ned Vizzini goes through big tests, trying to be cool, his first job, a school trip to Cancun, his first girlfriend, and more high school dramas.

There are three high schools in his area, Brooklyn Tech , Bronx Science, and Stuyvestant. All these schools are good, but Ned wants to get into the best school possible, Stuyvestant. The problem is, you have to take a test, the Specialized Science High School Admissions Test, SSHSAT for short. Stuyvestant requires a higher grade on this mini SAT type test, so it's the most desirable school. Ned thinks that it'll be no sweat. His teacher even thinks so to, "Ned," Mary leaned in close. "You don't need a list. You'll do fine." (Page 16). But once he gets the study book, he starts to worry. He didn't even know how to do the first problem of the math section, "A circle with diameter 4 has area of ? Use pi = 3.14." Ned obsesses over studying and learning all that he can, offended that it had questions he couldn't answer, and intending to kill it. He was even resorting to sleeping with the book under his pillow, thinking that the knowledge will seep into his brain.

Eventually, all that worrying pays off and Ned gets accepted to Stuy. But the drama doesn't end there. He is bombarded with peer pressure to be cool, heavy homework, and the fact that he is alone with no friends. He finds some kids playing a card game called Magic. After watching them for many days, Ned joins them in their card playing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kate opal on March 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author reflects on his youth in this collection of short stories. Teenage memories written with style and humor kept me from putting this book down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Finan on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
To tell you the truth, the only reason I picked up Ned Vizzini's book, "Teen Angst? Naah" was because it was free and I didn't have anything else to do at the Book Expo. However, as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Being a teenager myself, I could relate to Ned's problems with members of the opposite sex, parents, and school. I mean, we've all had embarrassing moments -- but I don't think any of us could put them into words as well as Ned Vizzini does in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Chelo on May 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved Be More Chill and It's kind of a Funny Story, but this was pretty boring, i don't just mean the content, the delivery and writing style felt a dry, there were some really interesting moments but not quite enough, and the story's ending was a too abrupt, the whole thing was just a bit of a bummer.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George P. on August 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Inside the hideous yellow cover you will find a treasure trove of insightful wit on painful reality. Best of all, there's no poetic garbage about protagonist Ned "becoming a man" as there is in every other movie, tele-movie, and Wonder Years episode about High School. Instead Ned Vizzini chooses to focus on real life as a New York Teen, and all the comedy, stress, and, yes, maturation (no matter how slight)that comes with it. With the yellow cover, you won't exactly achieve the brooding intellectual look in the halls, but you could always gift-wrap it with dark wrapping paper, or better yet, wrap it in a Subway map to show the book's true NYC colors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Byrne on July 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
please forgive grammatical erros of this review. texting on a kindle is bad news.
teen angst naaah... merely caught my attention because of the author`s. id read its kind of a funny story a few months before and literally could not put it down. spring term of senior year i guess i shouldve been doing more sociable things but this book had me hooked for about two days. teen angst is definitely a top favorite of mine. i made the mistake of reading it mid eurotrip and i accidentally spent a whole day reading. its such a breath of fresh air ~ excuse the cliche ~ to hear young writers tell their past so truthfully and openly. vizzini has got a great way with words. i recommend all of his books and i cannot wait for the next one to come out.
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