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The fascinating, shocking, and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teens downward spiral into mental illness by the bestselling author of Tweak.

Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

 

Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows. As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

 

Written by the New York Times bestselling author of Tweak, Schizo is the fascinating, and ultimately quite hopeful, story of one teen's downward spiral into mental illness as he chases the clues to a missing brother. Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Its Kind of a Funny Story.

 

“This spare book is a well-written, but painful, read, as readers come to understand the hopelessness Miles feels about his life and his future.”—VOYA 

 

“In his first novel, memoirist Sheff (Tweak) provides an insightful perspective on one teens struggle with mental illness.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Synopsis:

The sweet and subversive debut novel by award-winning memoirist and screenwriter Ariel Schrag. Sometimes a queer girl summer in New York is just what a straight boy needs.

Synopsis:

A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brothers baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldnt be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tims wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isnt all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tims and Alices distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

Synopsis:

When Adam Freedman — a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California — goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does.

It is the summer of 2006. Gay marriage and transgender rights are in the air, and Casey has thrust herself into a wild lesbian subculture. Soon Adam is tagging along to underground clubs, where there are hot older women everywhere he turns. It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans—a boy who was born a girl. Why else would this baby-faced guy always be around?

Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams — but she couldnt possibly be interested in him. Unless passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favor . . .

Ariel Schrags scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.

About the Author

A 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

"Wesselhoeft offers a psychologically complex debut that will intrigue heavy-metal aficionados and drama junkies alike. Peopled with the elderly and infirm, crazy parents, caring educators, and poignant teens trying desperately to overcome death's pull, it mixes real and fictional musicians and historical events to create a moving picture of struggling adolescents and the adults who reach out with helping hands. Adios, Nirvana targets an audience of YAs who rarely see themselves in print."Booklist "Adios, Nirvana is a bit like road rash. It rakes you raw; gets under your skin; and leaves a few shards stuck permanently in your elbow. It is well worth the trip."Richie Partington, RichiesPicks.com "Scribble its name on a wish list, type it into your PDA, or pre-order it...because to miss it would be shame. This was (without a doubt) the BEST book I have read in a year, and if I could give it 6 stars I would. Get it, live, it, love it...pass it on."Misty Baker, Kindleobsessed.com blog "At heart, Adios, Nirvana is everything I'd hoped The Catcher in the Rye would be...Adios, Nirvana is fresh, it's impossible not to feel sympathy for Jonathan and I find myself really wanting to keep reading to see if he can successfully battle his demons. Laced with details into things teens are exposed to on a regular basisdrinking, suicidal thoughts, depression and music, most of all the musicI really loved every minute of Jonathan's coming-of-age tale."Roundtable Reviews

"Homage to poetry, music, friendship, and youth, this brash, hip story should attract its share of skater dudes and guitar jammers."School Library Journal

"Jonathan's narration is all about style, moving between clipped, one-line sentences and heavily imagistic rhapsodies influenced by his heroes Charles Bukowski and Walt Whitman, soaring often into descriptions of his music and the atmospheric West Seattle milieu that colors his sensibilities and returning frequently to Homeric allusion."The Bulletin

"A wonderful blend of contemporary, historical, and literary fiction. [Wesselhoeft's] use of figurative language makes each page dance with images of raw realism....This is a poignant piece for older teens."VOYA

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Malia Mills, October 27, 2014 (view all comments by Malia Mills)
This book is amazing. There are several reasons why i would give this book 5 stars. First off its an easy read. First book i have read by myself since the 6th grade. The author did a wonderful job making it easy to understand while making it a book for more mature audiences! Second reason why i absolutely adore this book is because of the character development, The author Ned Vizzini gave a decription so well, 95% of the time i felt as if i too were in the book. The third reason this book is just so cool to me was i was also in the same predicament as the main character, Craig. The author has been there, done that, which hits home and makes the story much more realistic. Nobody could have written it better. The end made me cry tears of joy! Never have i ever felt to connected to a story in my life! I cannot wait to watch the movie. Book is best for 15+ and or people with trouble reading like myself!
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Christine A, September 11, 2014 (view all comments by Christine A)
I initially saw the movie and decided to read the book. From what I remember from the movie, it was a tad different from the book. Then again, I did see the movie a long time ago and read the book just recently. It is a very relatable read, and is also very humorous. It has also changed my perspective on psychiatric hospital as well. A very entertaining, easy read for anyone looking for something that can be an eye opener, or just a story that touches on sensitive topics in a way that is almost lighthearted, yet memorable. Respects to the late Ned Vizzini and his loved ones. I thoroughly enjoyed your novel, Mr. Vizzini.
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Waffle Face, August 25, 2007 (view all comments by Waffle Face)
This book personally taught me something about being grateful for life. This fifteen year old boy is taking the pressure of reaching for the 'perfect' life basically, school [period]. So he gets depressed about, well everything in general. Then he goes to the psychiatric hospital [he called the suicide hot line, and it was busy] so he checked himself in. And here's the best part... he finds out he has nothing to be depressed about. Other people didn't have a family, didn't have a home, didn't live in a rich neighborhood, didn't have all that he had. He met people who truly had nothing to lose, so they didn't have to bother pretending to be someone else. It really helped him out, as it did for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786851973
Author:
Vizzini, Ned
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Author:
Fitzpatrick, Huntley
Author:
Schrag, Ariel
Author:
Sheff, Nic
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Author:
Tk
Author:
Levy, Michelle
Author:
Wesselhoeft, Conrad
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 336 pages Miramax Books - English 9780786851973 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The sweet and subversive debut novel by award-winning memoirist and screenwriter Ariel Schrag. Sometimes a queer girl summer in New York is just what a straight boy needs.
"Synopsis" by ,
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brothers baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldnt be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tims wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isnt all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tims and Alices distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

"Synopsis" by , When Adam Freedman — a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California — goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does.

It is the summer of 2006. Gay marriage and transgender rights are in the air, and Casey has thrust herself into a wild lesbian subculture. Soon Adam is tagging along to underground clubs, where there are hot older women everywhere he turns. It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans—a boy who was born a girl. Why else would this baby-faced guy always be around?

Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams — but she couldnt possibly be interested in him. Unless passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favor . . .

Ariel Schrags scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.

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