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Be More Chill

By: Ned Vizzini
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
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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.

©2004 Ned Vizzini (P)2019 Recorded Books

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I f you’re looking for anything similar to the musical, skip it.

I should have listened when people said it was nothing like the musical. I wasn’t expecting it to be a substitute for the musical (I’ve never seen it), but I was expecting something similar story wise. I thought the concept was really funny and clever, and I enjoyed it up until the last couple of chapters. (Spoilers) I thought that Jeremy screwing up with Christine at the play would be the middle of the story, where Jeremy realizes he doesn’t want the squip anymore since it failed him. But nope, that was practically the end of the story. The ending was incredibly anticlimactic, disappointing and lame. And the last chapter isn’t even a real chapter, it’s just someone talking about the book. I was hoping for an epilogue where you actually get to find out how Jeremy is doing, and how Christine responds to the story, but I was incredibly disappointed. I also hated the way Jeremy’s parents were written, and Micheal didn’t even really seem to care that Jeremy was ignoring him the whole time he was squipped. Overall, it was incredibly disappointing and if you’re looking for anything similar to the musical, skip it.

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