Be More Chill

Be More Chill

A Novel

Book - 2004
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The groundbreaking novel that inspired the Broadway musical!
Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the "squip."
A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from geek to the coolest guy in class. Soon he is friends with his former tormentors and has the attention of the hottest girls in school.
But Jeremy discovers that there is a dark side to handing over control of your life--and it can have disastrous consequences.

"A fresh, spontaneous, and original voice?it's fun, wacky, outrageous. I just couldn't stop reading." ?Judy Blume
"Quirky, Funny, and Dead-on?imagine Holden Caulfield with internet access." ? New York Post
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion Paperbacks,, ©2004.
Edition: 1st Hyperion pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780786809967
Branch Call Number: YA VIZ
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 20 cm

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tedwards37
Jul 18, 2020

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini is a modern science fiction novel that follows a self-conscious teenager named Jeremy as he attempts to become more “cool” with the use of a pill-sized supercomputer (known as a squip). He swallows the supercomputer and it talks directly into his mind, giving him analytical directions on how to advance in his high school’s social hierarchy and eventually ask out his crush. The book is filled with a lot of inner dialogue between the squip and Jeremy, as he adapts and gets used to his new mentor. While the inner monologue is done well, most of the other characters within the story seem overly eccentric and are generally unpleasant. Each character has its role to advance the story but doesn’t have much of a personality beyond that. While the ending might surprise the reader there is little to no buildup to make it truly impactful and it left me wanting a more decisive conclusion. If you’re familiar with the music like I am, the book pales in comparison. While the storyline is similar there are a lot of crucial differences between the book and the musical. Overall, Be More Chill is a sci-fi novel that is easy to pick up and finish with an interesting premise that’s better executed within the musical.

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Aven_reads
Jun 05, 2020

I read this book two days after getting it. It was amazing. I'd seen a production of the musical and I listen to the cast recording on a daily basis, and I'd heard that the book was very different from the Musical, so I went in having my doubts. Would my favourite characters change completely because of it? And the answer was yes. But in a good way. Because of the book characters like Rich and the Squip are much more likeable to me. It was an amazing experience reading it as it tackled the struggles of being in high school in a realistic way, even if it was written back in 2004. The pressure of high school to be cool and popular were scarily lifelike and eye-opening in a way.
A great fun read for younger and older (If you don't mind some of the language and content) If you're a fan of the book, I recommend the musical and vice versa.

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CaitlinS0256
Jan 12, 2018

"Be More Chill" by Ned Vizzini immerses the reader in the cruel atmosphere of Middle Borough High whilst still adding hints of science fiction. Revolving around Jeremy, a socially anxious teenager, the story explores his self-doubts as he desperately wishes to climb up the social ladder and reach his dream girl. Full of zany references, "Be More Chill" humorously tackles the real-life issues young adults face on a daily basis. This coming of age story, although not recommended for those younger than 13, is ultimately a intriguing and hilarious read. It is also worth listening to the musical adaptation, available on certain streaming platforms.

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the_axolotl
Oct 15, 2017

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions, drama, and angst, but I loved it. I read this book in less than a day and staying up to 1AM just to finish. Jeremy and Michael are the outcasts of their high school- on the outside always looking in. At the same time, you can relate to them with at least one thing. Jeremy and Michael are such unique characters which made this story great. I would suggest that readers 14+ should read this.

The ending was amazing so stay tuned for that...

Theater Nerds/Fans of the Musical like me:
This book is VERY different than the musical, so don't expect it to be the same. Personally, I liked the book better than the musical. But Ned Vizzini's legacy lives on with the new production of Be More Chill. What is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden that you never get to see....

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GreyNeonCat13
May 14, 2017

I bought this book after listening to the musical and I definitely enjoyed it. The book and musical have really different endings but both are really thrilling. I suggest this book for reads 13+ and if you enjoy it you should certainly read Ned Vizzini's other books!!!

FindingJane Jul 25, 2014

I was expecting more from this book, especially given the blurb on the back cover. Think about it: having illegal computer hardware implanted in your brain has been one of the more terrifying situations imagined by gifted science fiction writers. How long would it be before it starts moving your body against your will, getting you into major crimes to attain money, seizing power from other electronic devices like computer-driven cars and forcing them off the road, demanding more input, i.e. intelligence, from you and pushing you to remain awake when you’d far rather sleep, etc.? Those sound like really thrilling scenarios, don’t they?

Well, if that’s what you want from this book, just forget it. This is just a typical YA novel about a pathetic dork who turns himself into a real jerk in order to net a girl and just winds up alienating his friend, family and schoolmates. It’s no different than certain films about teenagers from the 1980s that you may have forgotten. This one is just updated for the modern age.

That being stated, there are moments of genuine humor along with noteworthy glimpses into the adolescent male’s psyche. Jeremy is a very typical teen, terrified of talking to girls, wanting them and hating them in equal measure because they bewilder him so, focusing on body parts and masturbating to pornographic images on his computer. He condones his behavior by claiming that he’s young and stupid (boy, is he ever) but manages to be so much a likable character that we’re ready to forgive him.

So the author succeeds in creating a genial character, if not a particularly deep one. Mr. Vizzini also manages to surprise the reader along the way. It’s not a great book but it’s good enough of its type.

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StarGladiator
Dec 21, 2013

Possibly I am the world's most juvenile adult, but I loved this book by the (most sadly) late author Ned Vizzini; entertaining, witty, and imaginative.

ARamos123 Nov 13, 2012

I like this book. It wasn't that bad. Although they are some awkard, dirty scenes the plot was very original. I suggest not allowing younger readers to read this. 17 and up can read this. It's also very entertaining. Four and a half stars.

soramalkalovesbpl Aug 03, 2012

This book is incredibly DIRTY!

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alishaxo
Jun 13, 2010

A very nice humorous book,but some of the technogly seems futurisc and then out-of-date.
Still very nice,but i recomed only letting this book in the 13 years and older range,as the charatcher uses e and drinks

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