Be More Chill

Be More Chill

eBook - 2004
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Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.
Publisher: London : Collins, 2004
ISBN: 9781423141068
Characteristics: 1 online resource (298 pages)

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May 14, 2017

I bought this book after listening to the musical and I definitely enjoyed it. The book and musical have really different endings but both are really thrilling. I suggest this book for reads 13+ and if you enjoy it you should certainly read Ned Vizzini's other books!!!

FindingJane Jul 25, 2014

I was expecting more from this book, especially given the blurb on the back cover. Think about it: having illegal computer hardware implanted in your brain has been one of the more terrifying situations imagined by gifted science fiction writers. How long would it be before it starts moving your body against your will, getting you into major crimes to attain money, seizing power from other electronic devices like computer-driven cars and forcing them off the road, demanding more input, i.e. intelligence, from you and pushing you to remain awake when you’d far rather sleep, etc.? Those sound like really thrilling scenarios, don’t they?

Well, if that’s what you want from this book, just forget it. This is just a typical YA novel about a pathetic dork who turns himself into a real jerk in order to net a girl and just winds up alienating his friend, family and schoolmates. It’s no different than certain films about teenagers from the 1980s that you may have forgotten. This one is just updated for the modern age.

That being stated, there are moments of genuine humor along with noteworthy glimpses into the adolescent male’s psyche. Jeremy is a very typical teen, terrified of talking to girls, wanting them and hating them in equal measure because they bewilder him so, focusing on body parts and masturbating to pornographic images on his computer. He condones his behavior by claiming that he’s young and stupid (boy, is he ever) but manages to be so much a likable character that we’re ready to forgive him.

So the author succeeds in creating a genial character, if not a particularly deep one. Mr. Vizzini also manages to surprise the reader along the way. It’s not a great book but it’s good enough of its type.

Dec 21, 2013

Possibly I am the world's most juvenile adult, but I loved this book by the (most sadly) late author Ned Vizzini; entertaining, witty, and imaginative.

ARamos123 Nov 13, 2012

I like this book. It wasn't that bad. Although they are some awkard, dirty scenes the plot was very original. I suggest not allowing younger readers to read this. 17 and up can read this. It's also very entertaining. Four and a half stars.

soramalkalovesbpl Aug 03, 2012

This book is incredibly DIRTY!

Jun 13, 2010

A very nice humorous book,but some of the technogly seems futurisc and then out-of-date.
Still very nice,but i recomed only letting this book in the 13 years and older range,as the charatcher uses e and drinks

Feb 12, 2010

Jeremy Heere is a dork. No car, no girlfriend, no high school status. An endless existence as a nerd who keeps track of his daily humiliations and consoles himself with Internet porn seems to stretch out in front of Jeremy?until someone tells him to take a squip. A squip is a supercomputer in pill form, a bit of nanotechnology that lodges in Jeremy?s brain (after he buys it illegally from the back of a Payless shoe store and washes it down with a Mountain Dew) and tells him what to wear, say and do to be Cool. Before you can say ?take a chill pill,? Jeremy is leading a squip-enhanced life that has him partying with the guys who used to torment him, hooking up with the school?s hottest girls, and maybe even impressing his beautiful, untouchable crush Christine. But life with a piece of experimental talking technology in your head isn?t all it?s cracked up to be, and Jeremy struggles to find a balance between the sex-and-drug-fueled exploits his new popularity demands of him and getting the girl to really care about him. Author Ned Vizzini invents a clever could-be world that confronts the challenges of teen life with a biting sense of humor and a working knowledge of what that life is really like (Vizzini, twenty-three years old when Be More Chill was published, began writing about his experiences at New York City?s Stuyvesant High School when he was just fifteen). Jeremy?s squip may have some unconventional ideas, but Jeremy himself?a typical, smart-ass, desperate teenager?is the sort of dorky boy the world (alternate reality or not) needs more of.


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