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Be More Chill: A Novel | [Ned Vizzini]

Be More Chill: A Novel

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 is told 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 a supergeek to one of the most popular guys in class.
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Publisher's Summary

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 is told 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 a supergeek to one of the most popular guys in class. Soon he has made friends and has the attention of the hottest girls in school. But his real dream, Christine, remains out of his reach. Jeremy eventually finds out that there is also a dark side to having a computer inside your brain, and it can lead to disastrous consequences.

©2004 Ned Vizzini; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Richard Lithia, FL 04-25-06
    Richard Lithia, FL 04-25-06 Member Since 2006
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    "What a blank-blank book!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie West Hollywood, CA, USA 08-16-06
    Julie West Hollywood, CA, USA 08-16-06 Member Since 2005
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    "fun, don't take it too seriously"

    The main character goes to a party, thoroughly depicted nudity, drug use and profanity- parents beware. Otherwise, humerous, lighthearted, central character well defined.

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    LisaW 12-10-05
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    "Great listen, terrific narration"

    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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    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 12-12-13
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 12-12-13 Member Since 2003

    AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

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    If you could sum up Be More Chill in three words, what would they be?

    Omit the Squip!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cafeteria scene sets up the rest of the book very nicely.


    Who was the most memorable character of Be More Chill and why?

    Jeremy Here. Very human problems. This book elegantly refutes Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. (No spoilers here!)


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the tone of this book better than that of Candor, which I will be reviewing later. (12/12/2013) The Veritasian Crown approves this book as family safe (with minor profanity) for ages 13+ Veritasia Lives!

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