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Teen Angst?: Naaah...A Quasi-autobiography (Laurel-Leaf Books) Mass Market Paperback – August 13, 2002
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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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You are invited to sort of "grow up" with Ned by living out his experiences as he really did. Being a teenage guy myself, I felt at times like he was writing about my life, haha. Nice to know other people go through similar things. It was a very personal book for him to allow to be published, so it was really like reading something special and invitation only! Such a good read, I give it 5 stars.
It is funny and clever, and well written.
Be forewarned: links do not work because the Ned Vizzini website no longer exists, I assume because of his death.
Good book, just not what I expected
May Ned RIP.
This book seems like Craig, the character in IKOFS, is directly the fictional version of Ned, the person in this quasi bio.
Gives a great perspective on NY education, something that I know nothing of, and the difficulties of being a high school overachiever. NYC seems like such a lively town and Ned actually tells us how he lived in it, and was not a huge partier, or nerd, but was an average kid with dorky interests and a liking of beer.
Not bad, fun easy read, not too much philisophical insight, but a great book overall