Paranoid Park (novel)

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This article is about the novel. For the film, see Paranoid Park (film). For the park in Portland nicknamed Paranoid Park, see O'Bryant Square. For the skate park used in the film, see Burnside Skatepark.
Paranoid Park
Author Blake Nelson
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Viking
Publication date
Pages 180
ISBN ISBN 978-0-670-06118-1
OCLC 64229860

Paranoid Park (2006) is a young adult novel by Blake Nelson. Paranoid Park is the story of a 16-year-old skateboarder who tries to fit in with the skater crowd and accidentally kills a security guard while trying to board a train. The author has said that the book is a kind of retelling of Crime and Punishment in a young adult fiction setting.[1] The novel takes place in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

The novel has been adapted into a film by director Gus Van Sant, released in 2007, also called Paranoid Park.[2]


  1. ^ "Interviews:Violence, and Silence, in Nelson's 'Paranoid Park'". NPR:Fresh Air. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  2. ^ Blake Nelson interviewing Gus Van Sant, NY Times 2008