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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.

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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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so good

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

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100% amazing

the story was well written but really different from the play. just a great book

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Interesting concept, but..

I enjoyed the concept of it, however the ending didn't leave me feeling satisfied. It felt abrupt, unfinished. Jesse did a great job delivering it.

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the best book I've ever experienced

This book does a wonderful job going through the mind of a teenager, the story is amazing and the ending brought the whole thing together in a wonderful bow, but leaving the listener to think about and wonder what the characters are going to experience next. If you're looking into this book that's now over a decade old you're probably here because of the musical of the same name, I'm telling you this book doesn't follow the same story as the musical, not in the slightest. It's the same character names but a completely different story with some similarities here and there. Don't give this book bad reviews because it wasn't the same as the musical, it's really a fantastic book and really easy to enjoy if you keep an open mind to the whole thing. These characters are different but lovable and have their own pros and cons and ups and downs. It's definitely worth your time and I would reccomend it to anyone, musical lovers or otherwise.

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It was alright

I thought the story was a little rushed, and the squip's voice was terrible. The premise was cool though. I feel like the author could've done so much more with what he had though.

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hey YOU!

poop poop, all in my hood. drunk drunk, you know what's good... yep, that's right.

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 08-16-14

I need to chill

What a great read I must’ve listen to it like three times because each time I learned something new. I absolutely love this book for telling the in between kids story and the pressures of high school popularity. My one complaint is it too short. Rest In Peace Ned Vizzini.