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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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so good

this is a new favorite book. i got it because i like the musical, but the book is even better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Scary Good!

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Fun book - Esinberg did a great job

the story is a tad clunky and the science is downright stupid but I really enjoyed this audiobook and Esinberg did so good I imagined Jeremy as his character from Zombie Land

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The book is better then the musical?

Yes it is, not only that but the reader of this book did an excellent job.

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Loved it

Honestly, this is my current favorite book and the ending was so unexpected. Wonderful reading too.

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loved the musical so I bought this

Don't read if puburty and sexual mentions bother you. The musical was amazing and this book was okay. I definitely like the musical but that being said I have no regrets and I might end up rereading

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AMAZING BOOK

I loved this book and who read it because his voice. The book fits how i would react if i got shot down, told there was a super computer to tell me how to be Cool and how i would be if some one died i knew, period. Jeremy fits me and Michael fits most of my friends or how i am some times because im at school, weird hair and i have headphone i dont use to listen to music with. Jeremy, im just a loser and well i dont have much friends, dont go to parties and get shot down and luck isnt really on my side most of the time.