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Be more chill : a novel / by Ned Vizzini.
First Hyperion psperbak edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Paperbacks, [2015]

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287 pages ; 20 cm


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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.

"A fresh, spontaneous, and original voice?it's fun, wacky, outrageous. I just couldn't stop reading." ?Judy Blume
"Quirky, Funny, and Dead-on?image Holden Caulfield with internet access." ? New York Post

Author Notes

Ned Vizzin was born in New York City on April 4, 1981. He began writing professionally as a teenager. He wrote essays and articles for the New York Press, the New York Times, and other publications. His first book, Teen Angst? Naaah...: A Quasi Autobiography, was published in 2000. His other books include Be More Chill, House of Secrets co-written with film director Chris Columbus, and It's Kind of a Funny Story, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 starring Zack Galifianakis. His television writing credits include MTV's Teen Wolf, and the NBC drama Believe. He committed suicide on December 19, 2013 at the age of 32.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Who wouldn't want an ingestible super-computer-in-a-pill designed to make the person who swallows it way cooler than he or she ever was? When shy, dorky Jeremy Heere learns of the device-known as a squip-he knows he must do whatever it takes (in his case, steal and sell a portion of his unpleasant aunt's Beanie Baby collection) to raise the $600 necessary to get one. Soon the squip is installed in his brain, dispensing such crucial nuggets as "You have to talk as per rap-slash-hip-hop, the dominant music of youth culture" and "Step one is that you stop pacing and get a new shirt, Jeremy." All this is in service of his ultimate goal: winning the affections of choosy and self-assured Christine. Vizzini (Teen Angst? Naaah...) gives a fresh twist to familiar messages about being loyal to one's friends and true to oneself, thanks to the over-the-top plot and tangy narrative. Readers grappling with their own social status will appreciate the fact that while the notion of coolness may be satirized here, it's certainly not demonized or dismissed. Although the squip's advice is not infallible, Jeremy's life really does improve once he polishes his social skills. Semi-cool, would-be cool and even cool readers are likely to be entertained by the wry, nearly anthropological observations of the high school caste system, from a 23-year-old author who, as a teenager, wrote for the New York Press and the New York Times Magazine. Ages 13-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

(High School) In a teenage boy's fairy tale come true, ""serious dork"" Jeremy discovers a pill that actually makes you cool. Once swallowed, the squip, a microcomputer, tells him how to walk, talk, dress, and perform in social -- and sexual -- situations. In a matter of hours, Jeremy goes from masturbating in chat rooms to hooking up with the ""Hottest Girls in School."" And yet Jeremy longs for his one true love, a bright girl named Christine, and the squip plots a strategy to win her. As in all teen romance, however, malfunction in a crucial moment is preprogrammed, and Jeremy is left to his own devices for recovery. The wish-fulfillment fantasy is sure entertainment; Jeremy's first party is American Pie-worthy, with plenty of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll (actually squip-approved ""rap-slash-hip-hop, the dominant music of youth culture""), and, of course, vomit. Despite suggested warnings to the contrary, the benefits of social climbing appear to far outweigh the costs -- Jeremy's disaster with Christine seems salvageable in the end. Vizzini's invention is a clever device for exploring high school social strata and the thinly veiled code for success; those ready for a more complex treatment of materialism and mind control can graduate to M. T. Anderson's Feed. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.