©2004 Ned Vizzini; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Wacky, irreverent....This novel has substance as well as flash, and lots of appeal to bright teens....Literary and funny." (School Library Journal)
"Readers will identify and groan with embarrassment for Jeremy, whose candidly uncool voice rings very true." (Booklist)
I was a little hesitant to buy this book at first. I graduated from high school 55 years ago, and today's youth are from another planet as far as I'm concerned. But I have to admit both the book and the reader had me lmao from the beginning. This really isn't a science fiction book (too bad in a way... I have always liked sci-fi). It's a very funny, and at the same time heartwarming story about a NJ teenager growing up. Being from NJ myself, I had a special appreciation for his perceptions of the Garden State. I recommend this book enthusiastically.
The main character goes to a party, thoroughly depicted nudity, drug use and profanity- parents beware. Otherwise, humerous, lighthearted, central character well defined.
This is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. "Be More Chill" is a terrific, engrossing listen. The narrator perfectly fits the story and makes you remember what it was like to be in high school. The idea of a supercomputer in your head teaching you how to be cool is every kid's dream and the author pulls it off. The voice of the SQUIP is perfect, a cross between HAL and Keanu Reeves. I highly recommend this book.
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