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I don’t know how many of you have heard of writer Ned Vizzini, but he reportedly passed away yesterday and he was one of my favorite YA authors. I loved his books “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” and “Be More Chill”. He has such a unique, funny writing style and I had no idea that he also wrote for television including “Teen Wolf”.

For further details, here is a little excerpt from MTV.com:

Teen Wolf” writer Ned Vizzini, 32, died on Thursday (December 19). He committed suicide, as confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to penning scripts for MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” Vizzini was also a popular young adult author, having published his standout book, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” in 2006. The novel — with was partly autobiographical — was about a teen who attempts suicide and ends up in a mental hospital. It was turned into a movie starring Zach Galifianakis in 2010.

Vizzini was a voice for the younger set before publishing a full novel, however, writing essays for the likes of the New York Times Magazineas a teen.

Over the course of his career, Vizzini penned several books — “Be More Chill,” “Teen Angst? Naah,” “The Other Normals” — and was co-writing a series with director Chris Columbus, the first book of which, “House of Secrets,” came out this year. Vizzini also contributed to TV shows like “The Last Resort” and “Believe.”

Fellow writers and friends have been taking to Twitter to honor the life and memory of the author. YA writer Libba Bray said, “So sad to hear the heartbreaking news about Ned Vizzini. He was a funny, honest writer who gave a lot to the NYC community. He’ll be missed,” while fans like Kelsey McKinney expressed her gratitude for his work: “Ned Vizzini was the voice I needed as a young teenager. His characters were as confused as I was. His death is a huge loss.”

I totally related to his character in “It’s Kind of A Funny Story”. I went to a very competitive high school and not only was it hard for me to fit in, but I also felt this tremendous pressure to be “perfect” so I could get into the “perfect” college and get the “perfect” job. I was one of those crazy, over-achieving high school students that was juggling AP classes and extra-curricular activities like it was nobody’s business. College was a breeze in comparison to my high school experience. Which is why after reading his book, I just felt like: “Finally! Someone gets me!” and I  wish it had existed before I was in high school, so that I wouldn’t have felt so stressed and overwhelmed by things that didn’t really matter in the end. If you have not read any of Vizzini’s work, please do! I promise you will not regret it, especially if you can relate to the stress that comes with being a teen in the modern age or if you just enjoy reading YA novels.

Have you read any of Ned Vizzini’s novels? What are your thoughts on them? Also, if you know of any similar authors that you think I should know about, please share them in the comments!

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