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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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best book ever

over all great book with a heart warming ending and twist 10 out of 10 would read again

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Nothing like the musical. It’s so much better.

Personally I love this book, I found it after the musical, I honestly wished the cast from the musical would have taken their roles to this book. I wish the musical would have gone this route but it would be a little confusing. I like the twist ending and character development.

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A fascinating character study with a sci-fi twist

It's quickly become one of my favorite books of all time, and Jeremy Heere is certainly become one of the most compelling characters I've ever read.

I read the print version before listening to the audiobook. I think that Mr De Ocampo integrated thought, dialogue, internal monologue, and action so effortlessly. It was a joy to listen to.

The emotionality of his performance suprised me at several points.

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On page 30 I agonized over whether Jeremy was being an angsty teen or if he meant what he says there with sincerity. Towards the end of the book the sentiment comes back and he really seems to mean it, so I assumed there was genuine anguish there. Mr De Ocampo plays it off almost flippantly, as if Jeremy--after all his ranting and his spiraling of negative thoughts--is trying to convince us that he doesn't really care that much.

Generally I'd say this narrator's portrayal of The SQUIP is great, but the transition to it's uncharacteristic "flatly urgent tone" (page 232) doesn't sound too different from it's usual mode of speech. This is the beginning of The SQUIP becoming more humane and empathetic, so it would be interesting if the emotional trajectory of this scene were conveyed in it's dialogue a bit more. Starting off with the mechanical detachment and indifference of The SQUIP's initial report and progressing denial ("It's not that bad"), bargaining ("Bad idea talk to me."), and anger (You have bad parents, you know that?").

All in all, I think this is an excellent performance. I've listened to it many time, but I'm glad I was able to read the print version first.

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I disagree with some other reviewers

I’ve seen other people say they don’t like this books ending. I think it’s the perfect ending. I don’t think there could be any other ending too this book.

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Great

I started listening to the musical Be More Chill awhile ago and really loved it. I wanted to read the book for some more background and decided to get the audiobook (a good choice because I thought the narrator was perfect).

After finishing it in a couple days, I was happy but a little let down. Be more chill the musical casted more poc than were mentioned in this book, which made me disappointed that the original wasn’t as diverse. Also, making Rich bisexual and hinting at Micheal being gay in the musical definitely empowered me and other lgbtq people, so what gives, author?

Overall, I enjoyed the book but wished it was more diverse. The writing is really good, the characters were developed well, and the book left me with a satisfying ending. I would recommend it

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Listened to with my Teen

So there were parts that made it weird to read together, but this is the first book that my son enjoyed and begged to listen to. He HATES reading or listening to books as he is ADHD and loses interest. Not with this one and the reader’s performance, which was SO. GOOD. The author was so spot on with a teen’s behavior and so relatable for my son. With Ramon’s description at the end - it’s an obvious must read for life lessons for teens.

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so relatable

despite the age of the book it still brings true! such a good relatable read

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Really Good

I loved it. definitely a 20/5 starts

easy to Listen to

I enjoy the narrator. They have a lot of potential and I listened to this book a lot in middle school and even other titles.

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WOW

This was amazing, I sat for a whole day listening to this. I only read this because of the musical but it’s way more detailed and jUst aaahhhh the voices