In Teen Angst? Naaah..., I started a band called Wormwhole (as detailed in the essay "Are We Alternative Now?"). In the book, I said that first five people who contacted me about the band would be allowed to buy a copy of our demo.
To my surprise many people have emailed me asking for the Wormwhole demo, but sadly, for years, the single tape I recorded with my friend Ike was lost.
But then, a few years after the book was published, I was trying to make a mix tape on my stereo. I popped in an old tape to see if it was something I could tape over, and there was all this weird religious chanting. Then, out of the blue, literally sent by God, was the Wormwhole tape!
I don't know how it got into the middle of the tape of religious chanting, but I did a tape-to-mp3 conversion, and now, for free and forever, Wormwhole's two songs are here on this website. Above you're got "Pants In The Mail". "Lumber" is below.
It's Kind of a Funny Story Theatrical Interpretation
In March 2010, Oak Lawn Community High School put on a theatrical performance of It's Kind of a Funny Story called a "Group Interp," or "Group Interpretation" project. They used the text of the book but presented it with a Greek chorus. Very cool and inventive stuff!
"Love And Longing" at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2009
From YouTube user chocochip16: "The brooklyn book festival took place at columbus park by brooklyn borough hall in NYC on Sunday September 13, 2009. At the festival there was a section for young adults.... this video is one of the panels that includes three talented young adult writers, Aimee Friedman ( Sea Change), Anna Godbersen ( The luxe series), and Ned Vizzini ( Be more Chill)."
Attack of the Killer Turtle
Attack of the Killer Turtle, as described in Teen Angst? Naaaah...! It was uncovered after years and is presented here in all its glory.
Be More Chill Play
The theatrical adaptation of Be More Chill! Adapted by Bill Massolia, starring Jake Cohen as Jeremy and Edward Paul as the squip (seen in Keanu Reeves regalia).
of Buenos Aires,Argentina
says: Reading your book was weird and thrilling at the same time. This is pretty much how my brain works like (except for the suicidal thoughts, you nailed it)
Favorite part: all of it.
says: I am a huge fan of your books specifically Be More Chill as it was the first of your books I read and quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read. And I just wanted to add in here I read The Other Normals recently and thought it was amazing.
says: i JUST finished "The Other Normals" and it was a masterpiece i hope you turn it in to a film i loved it. Especially the fight seen between Ophisa and Mortin, Ada, Sam, and Perry. You always tend to amaze me .
a.k.a Mortin Enaw c;
says: read your quote about waking up into a nightmare on the internet today. theres so [much] bulls___ about depression to be found on the internet today but i identified immediately and completely with the quote. that 10 seconds as you're waking up when all the bad ___t in your life loads back in your brain. its like putting a flash drive with a bunch of viruses into a computer. i have no idea who you are but i figured id let you know you affected someone today. people find that important, right?
"Just before starting 7th grade, my class went to camp Chewonki for 10 days to bond and whatever before school started. So there we were sitting in a circle cross-legged probably taking part in some sort of useless icebreaker conversation. Midway thru the exercise, one of the counselors gets up, approaches me, asks me to stand up and walk away from the group. I do, and she says, “Brooke, it appears you have gotten your period. Is this the first time?” It was not but I lied and said it was because how could I have not noticed? Or did I notice but was too embarrassed to ask for help? It wasn’t just a tiny little speck of a stain. It was like a torrential downpour in my pants. Like sharks ate my pelvis. At least that’s how my traumatized memory remembers things. #PTSD #TheOtherNormals"
Brooke won a free signed hardcover of The Other Normals for sharing her story!
Feast your eyes and ears on this recap of the squip campaign, 2004-2005, which was created to promote Be More Chill. This video is dedicated to all of the readers who helped spread the word about the book. Thank you!
THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER OF BE MORE CHILL
This chapter of Be More Chill, which goes into explicit detail about what Jeremy does on the internet, was included in the first draft of the book but taken out (wisely) by my editor. Here it is for those who are curious.