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).
says: I tweeted #TheOtherNormals! I'm @allyouwanteds. :)
Also, I just wanted to let you know that Craig Gilner practically saved my life. I relate to him so much, it's almost crazy, and your story gave me hope. Thank you so much.
I have no idea if you actually read this or have the time to, but I just thought I'd say thank you. So much.
says: The following quote by you hit me right where I am today. Its a statement that becomes more and more accurate as the days go by.
One day, and I hope its sooner rather than later, I wont wake up from a dream and hopefully change what and what I've become in this life into something with more meaning.
I'd like to read your quote in its full context.
“I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ― Ned Vizzini
says: I read It's Kind of a Funny Story and I have to say that it's by far, the best book I've read in my entire life. I'm only 21 years old, but I know a great book when I read one! :D I learned so much about myself, reading about Craig and his problems. It was after I read the book cover to cover that I stopped living in fear of admitting to my anxiety disorder. I saw myself in a whole new light and I honestly have you to thank for that. You have changed my life and I am beyond grateful. There are no words, just thank you so much!
So! Recently, I got to thinking back to my favorite line in the book. It was my favorite line because it reminded me that the little things are the things that really count. I was so inspired by the last two words, "Breathe, Live."
says: Hi! I just want to say, thank you. Your book, Its kind of a Funny Story probably saved my life. I read it in the fifth grade, and I loved it by the way. Around a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with major clinical depression. I realized that I had depression after thinking about your book. I talked to my mom, and I am proud to say that I am now a happy, fun-loving, and acting crazed eighth, going into ninth grader. I am on medication for depression, and I am seeing a therapist regularly. I am way better now!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!
says: I absolutely love It's Kind of a Funny Story. There are so many parts I love! But the parts I love to read over and over are Chapter 2 and the last 2 pages. I love Chapter 2 because of the explanation of the Tentacles and Anchors. It makes you think, regardless of if you are depressed or love life. I love the end of the book because it wraps up the book so perfectly. It's "Craig" listing all of the small things in life he took for granted or wants to do/enjoy. The life lessons I take away from the book are: 1) Don't take things for granted. Even the little things count. 2) There is no normal. Everyone has problems whether they show it or not. 3) It's ok to get professional help. It's nothing to be ashamed of because you can't always deal with things in life by yourself, you need help sometimes. It means you care enough about your life to better it.
I haven't read any other books, but after I read this one a year ago, I have the rest of then on my To-Read list.
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.