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Teen Angst? Naaah...

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,863 ratings  ·  365 reviews
"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
Paperback, 279 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published August 24th 2000)
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Ms. D
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ms. D by: Aaron Vivar III
It seems that a lot of adults who write books for and about teenagers try to sound 'authentically teen' by sounding brainless. For example, in the book I'm reading now, Future Missionaries of America, a high school girl writes a letter that begins like this: "Dear Kyle, I came home from school today totally bummed. I'm listening to the new Wu-Tang record and thinking that you would, like, so hate it it, because this is like totally the opposite of all that metal stuff you like, and before you ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fans -- especially guys
Recommended to Claudia by: Cameron, Rachel
Shelves: lad-lit
I've read all three Vizzini books, and this, his first, is my favorite. I laughed out loud in class, and my students got more than a little annoyed. But several were very interested in reading it next. Vizzini, as a 17-year-old, had an amazing voice and a control over his talent. His stories could be laugh-out-loud funny, and heartbreaking. I'm just sorry I waited so long to read this one. Great stuff. Teen Angst? You bet!
This is basically a bunch of short stories about Ned Vizzini's life that he wrote, it goes from Junior High to Senior Year. All the stories were funny and entertaining but it made me sad because Ned talks about the future and his family and it's hard to read this knowing what eventually ends up happening to his life.

Nicholas Ochoa
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this quirky autobiography, Ned Vizzini has a collection of essays about his teen years through high school. Vizzini, personally being a favorite author after reading It's Kind of a Funny Story in seventh grade is one reason I was very eager to pick up this book. These essays are compiled into 5 sections middle school, and each year of high school. Born in Park-Slope New York, Ned was raised out of an apartment in a typical middle class family. Showing intrest in education since he was young, ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
What is so great about this book is the truthfulness in it. You can really tell that all of this stuff happened to this author. It's just on the cuff of unbelievable but yet you can see it happening to you in a moment. Everything is incredibly easy to relate to. If you've been to high school or are in high school you will be able to relate to at least one of the twenty stories .

This book is also not written like a memoir. It never feels like the author is saying "When I was your age..." because
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books
What is so great about this book is the truthfulness in it. You can really tell that all of this stuff happened to this author. It's just on the cuff of unbelievable but yet you can see it happening to you in a moment. Everything is incredibly easy to relate to. If you've been to high school or are in high school you will be able to relate to at least one of the twenty stories .

This book is also not written like a memoir. It never feels like the author is saying "When I was your age..."
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
While I was reading the book Teen Angst? Naaaah… by Ned Vizzini I started to really think about whether or not memoirs have to be completely true. The reason I was thinking about this was because I felt that Vizzini did think they had to be true and I disagree with that. The way he wrote you could tell he couldn’t remember a lot of things. He had almost no sensory details, and hardly any feeling. There was dialogue but very little; there was no real ending; and some parts were just unnecessary. ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The characters in my book were realistic. Ned he was the curious kid who was always trying his best in school and always will to learn something new. He acted like a normal high school student by going to band concerts and staying up late to study for his big tests. He was curious by trying the illegal things as in marijuana and drinking alcohol coming home to his parents to see if he could get away with them no noticing. His parents were very realistic as well taking care of two boys fighting ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
One word: Beautiful.

I really, really liked his short stories. I find all of them very entertaining and hilarious. This book was supposed to be a memoir, but because of the way he wrote it, it just seemed like a fiction novel - which was a good thing in this scenario. He tried to relate to the readers, and he succeeded. I love how Vizzini was very truthful in the book. And, one last thing, I'm super glad I get to read about his life before he passed...

R.I.P Ned Vizzini... <3
Clare Carter
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection of stories by Ned Vizzini were funny, genuine, and heart-felt, which just makes me even sadder that he isn't around anymore to write more stories. The last few stories in the collection I especially liked! I think my favorite was the one about his senior prom.

Also, it's W I L D to me that he published this when he was my age. I'm happy that I've spent this year reading so many of his books!
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
this wasn't exactly what I thought it would, it was only a small period of his life but his writing style once again made it entertaining nonetheless
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just felt like this kid was an incredibly privileged ass. I mean, he's a teen. I try to be empathetic but the stories came off as privileged and naive. I also get a bit of misogyny and homophobia that I can forgive, to some extent, because he was young...but still. I just found the whole thing a bit frustrating and honestly had to force myself through it.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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I didn’t know quite what to expect going into this book. I read It’s Kind of a Funny Story last year and really enjoyed it. I didn’t know too much about Ned Vizzini’s life aside from the fact that It’s Kind of a Funny Story was partially based off of Ned’s experiences after checking himself in to a psychiatric hospital and I knew of the tragic way that his life came to an end.
I picked up this book, figuring that
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory-books
Serack Woldehaimanot 12.18.08
901 Writing Arts

Teen Angst? Naaah…
Teen Angst? Naaah….
By Ned Vizzini
ISBN-13: 9780440237679
Price: $6.50
Age Range: Young Adult

Teen Angst? Naaah... is for anyone who has been shot down by someone of the opposite sex, been embarrassed by their parents, skipped studying to hang with friends or bascially just went to high school. Going through teenager life is pretty hard for everyone. Ned shares all of his doing when he was a teen and how he lived life out loud.
Cathleen Ash
Ned's family took cheap vacations - airplanes cost too much; cool resorts? way too many people. For vacations, Ned's family piled into a van and headed to bizarre and out of the way locations sem-close to New York. Like Binghamton NY for example - birthplace of the twilight zone creator Rod Serling. Yes, Ned had actually been to a Serling Museum.
On one of these jaunts, his family ended up at Allentown, Pennsylvania. They were supposed to go to the Poconos but at the last minute, his dad decided
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teen Angst? Naaah… was the first book of Ned Vizzini’s that I did not enjoy reading, which came as a huge surprise to me considering the fact that I’ve absolutely loved all his other books. This memoir takes you through Vizzini’s experiences throughout his teenage years. The story begins in Ned’s last months of middle school where he first is introduced to high school and life after middle school. It ends in the summer after his senior year. This novel had many characteristics typical of a ...more
Shaun Fisher
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng356-2nd-half
This semi-autobiographical series of essays chronicling the woes of adolescence is a hilarious look at what we all endured when we were young. Each essay covers a time period that focuses on 8th grade up until Vizzini's senior year. He talks about not fitting in, dressing like an idiot, spilling things on himself at the worst times (one of my favorite stories in the book), being rejected by girls (and everyone else for that matter), acne, drinking, drugs, and sex. There's a little bit of ...more
Danny Bigott
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read Teen Angst by Ned Vizzini, and it’s an autobiography about how Ned grew up and how his life was played out. I have read one of his other books, “ It’s Kind of A Funny Story” I really like this because I can connect and kind of simulate the things he does in this book because I have done most of, well not most but some of the things he has done in his life. For say, when he was in karate. I was in karate for 5 years and earned my black belt in it but I don’t recall if he made it to that ...more
Jack Bartley
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Teen Angst? Naaah...
The way i came across reading this book was from the 8th grade summer reading assignment. Although i had to read it for the summer homework,, i had heard much about it before then from family and friends. they had all said that it was a great book that everyone should read as a teenager, and as i read that i found out it was true.

One very interesting an unique thing about this book is its plot. This plot takes you through all of Ned Vizzini's teenage years, unlike a
I didn't know much about Ned Vizzini before I started this book. I had heard good things of the last book he wrote, It's Kind Of a Funny Story, (Incidentally, I saw the movie before I knew it was a book) and I knew that he had committed suicide a few years ago. So, I didn't know exactly what to expect from this book. The book I'd heard about (his other book is called Just Chill) was about a kid who'd attempted suicide and then the author who had succeeded in that act had written a book about his ...more
Erica Almerico
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was phenomenal! When I think about the Young Adult genre, this book fits perfectly in the autobiography category. Teen Angst is a collection of essays by Ned Vizzini about his experiences in high school. All of the typical high school experiences are included but this novel is written from the point of view of a dork, but a proud dork at that.
Vizzini’s book is an excellent choice and an easy read for any teacher’s classroom. I highly recommend it as a text that could be used
Abigail Winter
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I decided to read teenage angst?…naah because it was one of the choices on our summer reading list. I also decided to read it because it was the only one of the choices on the list that didn’t look that depressing. It looked interesting not just because he grew up in nyc but something about it just intrigued me.


Ned Vizzini, the author, was also the main character of the book, so you could think of the book as some kind of memoir. Ned was a sad character at certain parts in the book
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 8th-grade
I actually loved this book. Like all of Vizzini's other books, it was raw, but like the good raw, just like the raw, pure truth. He put everything out there, he was completely open about everything (he even had the footnotes, which I thought were the most adorable things ever.) Vizzini takes you through his dorky middle/high school life, and I thought every word was just amazing. There's one reference he makes to a movie called Stand and Deliver , a movie I love, that was witty and cracked me ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was just fun. I've always really enjoyed autobiographies and this was no exception. I also enjoyed how it was written in an essay-like style. It was just a nice way to experience little snippets of his life. He was funny. He was honest. And I really thought he was much older than he was when he wrote all of this, because there was such an element of perspective throughout the whole book. The only thing I really didn't like was Judith. Man, she was a bitch. I mean I totally believe that ...more
Rebecca Roth
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
In my opinion throughout this whole book it just taught you life lessons. There wasn't really one theme it was just alot of opinions and tips on life but mostly high school. For example in the book it says on page 45, "You have three optons: good grades, social success, and sleep" Ned Vizzini (the author) is giving advice on how to get threw going to stuyvesant . He also gives other pieces of advice too. For example he said that alot of things that pepole make sound so cool don't live up to it's ...more
I loved reading Teen Angst it was hilarious and I just wanted it to go on forever. The details he provides are so vivid and I felt like i know everything about him without ever meeting him. For example in the chapter Nintendo Saved My Life when he gave the full schedule of what he did with his day and how everything revolved around playing on the nintendo. I also noticed that he used slowed down moments alot,like when he described going to meet poppy, i would lik eto be able to use that ...more
Edgar Barcenas
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In the last few chapters of the book it tralked about how the main charecters life is. one example was the backpack he had over the years how it was all great, then one day his back pack went down the escalaters and bashed down to a girls kness. onother chapter is that he is preparing for a test and needs to study. one chapter shows that his parents asked him if he has been smoking behind there back. this is a good book to read you should read it
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Teen Angst was a great and funny book. Ned Vizzini wrote about his high school years and how his life was so dramatic. A lot of things he wrote I would have never thought about him, like how he described himself as a big time nerd. I love Ned Vizzini's writing and can't wait to read more of his books!
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Dec 07, 2010 is currently reading it
Ned Vizzini does an amazing job in his memoir. He uses relatable comedy to keep you sucked in to this hilarious ride through his high school carer. His dialogue, description of emotion, and awkwardness, is just a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a laugh.
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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. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.

After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being
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It's a Darwinian popularity contest. at all times, the question on everyone's mind is, "who's coolest?"

Do you want the Spanish Inquisition in here? you better start acting with a little sobriety, or your mother is going to put two and two together”
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