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'It's Kind of a Funny Story' author Ned Vizzini dies at 32

Ned Vizzini, the author of YA favorites It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill, died Thursday in New York City. According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide. He was 32.

Vizzini, a Brooklyn native, began writing professionally for New York City newspapers as a teenager in the late ’90s. His first book, a “quasi-autogiobraphy” called Teen Angst? Naaah…, collected several of Vizzini’s columns for the New York Press and shared its title with an essay Vizzini had published in the¬†New York Times Magazine when he was still a junior at Manhattan’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School. The book hit shelves in 2000. His first novel, Be More Chill, was published in 2004.

That same year, Vizzini experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, which prompted him to call a suicide hotline. Vizzini subsequently spent a week in the psychiatric ward of Brooklyn’s Methodist Hospital. Vizzini would later fictionalize this experience in his acclaimed second novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, published in 2006. The novel was adapted into a film starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts in 2010.
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See the cover for 'House of Secrets' by 'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus and 'Last Resort' writer Ned Vizzini -- EXCLUSIVE

When Shelf Life announced film director Chris Columbus’ YA project House of Secrets back in January, the plot was still tightly under wraps. We now know a little bit more about the first novel in the trilogy (Apr. 23, 2013), including what the cover will look like! The novel is jointly written with YA superstar Ned Vizzini (The Other Normals), who is currently writing for the ABC series Last Resort. See the cover below, along with a quick chat with Vizzini about writing House of Secrets with Columbus. READ FULL STORY

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