Nick McDonell is an American writer. He attended the Buckley School in New York City, the Riverdale Country School, and graduated from Harvard College in January 2007. He wrote the novel Twelve in 2002, at age 17. The subject of the novel is disaffection, despair, drug use and violence among a group of wealthy Manhattan teenagers during Christmas break. The publication of McDonell’s novel at such a young age was the subject of many articles in high-profile publications such The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly.