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Be More Chill

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  9,063 ratings  ·  1,118 reviews
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 f ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion (first published April 19th 2004)
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Alexine You will be disappointed by the book.

I see fans greatly enjoying the musical and I see such cute fanart that sadly, it's hard for me to enjoy because…more
You will be disappointed by the book.

I see fans greatly enjoying the musical and I see such cute fanart that sadly, it's hard for me to enjoy because I can't see the characters as they do. They're such assholes in the book.(less)
Alice Cai Musical based on the book (source wikipedia)

"A musical based on the book premiered in June 2015 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey,…more
Musical based on the book (source wikipedia)

"A musical based on the book premiered in June 2015 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, where it received positive reviews. Praised as "a high-energy, imaginative, well-crafted world premiere musical" in The Star-Ledger, Be More Chill was lauded as "a vibrant, inventive musical that makes the most of every moment and features an abundantly talented cast"[3] by BroadwayWorld."(less)

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Gauri
Oct 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: depression
This is the most vile and terrible book I have read in a long, long while. I finished this in one day, not because it was engrossing, but the material presented in here was so shocking I needed to read until the end to make sure it wasn't a satire.

The premise of this book is essentially that a high-school aged boy, Jeremy, who longs after a particular girl and has low self-esteem about his persona, comes across a small pill-sized supercomputer called a "squip" that can act as a instructional gu
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Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Be more chill is about high school junior, Jeremy Heere and how he, in his most fragile desperate teenage state, spent 600 dollars on a supercomputer called 'the SQUIP' that teaches him how to be cool…. or more appropriately chill.

This book is the most over exaggerated high school cliché popularity satire I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It was so overdramatic it was hilarious. The SQUIP was also a super interesting concept, and Jeremy’s social awkwardness was amusing to read about, and h
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Jessica
Apr 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenagers; any adult who wasn't cool in high school; middle school and high school teachers
Ned is actually a good friend of mine - we briefly dated when I was a sophomore in college and we've remained friends (the book is dedicated in-part to me, in fact) - but I swear to God, I'd love Be More Chill even if I'd pulled it off a shelf.

I really can't put it down; it's refreshing to read a young adult novel that's a quick read, but still a thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny one. His writing is so readable and fluid and his characters could walk off the page and fit in at any high sc
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William Gowling
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
ITS FROM JAPAN
Carlos De Eguiluz
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75

En un universo donde Eminem murió por causa de un accidente de Hockey, Jeremy Heere, un inseguro chico de preparatoria, lidia con la impopularidad que su día a día lo obliga a vivir. Lo único que nuestro protagonista quiere es ser "cool" y salir con la bella Christine, su compañera de clase y obra teatral, pero dado su estatus, le es imposible. En una serie de eventos, Jeremy encuentra la respuesta a todos sus problemas: "Squip", una microcomputadora en forma de pastilla que le abre las puer
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Helena Miller
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Wow. I cannot believe how much I wanted to like this book and how disappointed I was by how misogynistic it is! Misogynistic, by the way, technically means "hates women" and, while I don't think Ned Vizzini (or the protagonist, Jeremy) hates women, I think this book INCORRECTLY represents high school girls as complete idiots. He presents the idea that if a boy simply wears the right t-shirt and says two "correct" sentences then she will instantly become sexually and personally attracted to him. ...more
Regan
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not very impressed, sometimes being inside of a teenage boy's head is no fun at all.
Erin
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
So here’s the premise: teenage boy is awkward, nerdy, uncool. He hears about a pill, a “squip,” that is a microcomputer that will give him instructions on how to be cool (or “more chill”). He gets a squip, becomes cool, and eventually the squip fails - its technology isn’t perfect yet.

You might have been thinking - wait, wait, as YAF shouldn’t this book have ended with the boy realizing he’s better off as himself, without the aid of a microcomputer telling him exactly what to say? No. No, that’s
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Erin
May 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Jeremy Heere is a typical high school geek. Unable to socialize with other people, he instead chooses to analyze their reactions to him, tallying up insults and laughter on self-made Humiliation Sheets.

And he's damned tired of it.

All Jeremy wants is to be Cool. He wants to rub shoulders with the Hottest Girls in School. But most of all, he wants the attention of Christine, a girl in his drama club who won his heart over.

Jeremy doesn't think any of this is possible until he learns about the "squi
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Kim
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was ok

Are you popular?


Well, are you? Because, like, there's this pill. Yeah, it'll make you act, look, seem, sound, make, break, buy, sell, find, invent, STINK of coolness. And... get this, you'll be able to touch boobies

Nawww, dawg! I ain't playin' ya! You won't need no frizzy black wig or alter ego! No beaded curtains or orange hair! ('cuse my Brady Bunch flashbacks... I'm showing my age, yo.)

You just swallow this pill and then you like get this really hip computer chip embedded in your brain that
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Neil (or bleed)
That was fun.
Emily Ross
I don’t know what to think about this book. I want to think positively about it because I really like the musical, but it’s so different and there are multiple issues with this book. It follows Jeremy who is in high school and has extremely low self esteem, and a massive crush on a girl called Christine.

Why is Jeremy so mean to Michael? And why did Michael just accept all of Jeremy’s crap? At some point Jeremy should have realised that the Squip is just a piece of technology and Michael has been
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Ivy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A weird and awesome exploration of a story I was already familiar with. Ned has a unique voice that taps into the core of teenage angst. His books will always be some of my favorite coming of age novels.
Sammy
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Sammy by: Carolina
Imagine being controlled by a computer that talks in your head. Well you may think this is impossible, but somehow Jeremy manages to get this "computer" called a squip. Why? You ask. This so called computer gets you whatever you desire, at least that's what Jeremy thinks. "Going out. At least now i know which stage I'm up against. I'm getting prepped. I think I might have a shot," Jeremy says to himself. The only reason Jeremy is getting a squip is because of Christine. Be More Chill is the book ...more
Joost
Zin in een hilarisch boek over een awkward nerd die populair kan worden? Lees dan Be More Chill van Ned Vizzini! http://nerdygeekyfanboy.com/recensie/...
Judi
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, this review isn't formal in any way, so bear with me. For those not aware, this book has a corresponding musical of the same name. Here's what I'm going to do: I'm doing a whole Musical vs. Book segment at the end of my review, so if you just want to know what I think about the book itself, just ignore the last part of my review. If you only care about my thoughts on how the musical differs from the book, feel free to skip to the end. That being said, here are my thoughts on the book.

The b
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Anne
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I never cared for the cool people. Me, I have always wanted to read books about outcasts: impossibly flawed and so truly themselves. I found comfort reading about people who didn't fit in, but who fit in their own skin. People who were themselves in their original way, who I wanted to be like, because they weren't scared of themselves. Jeremy Heere, the protagonist of Be More Chill is an outcast, a weirdo. But not in a way that I liked, as bitchy as that may sound. The entire book (apart from t ...more
Emily Ann
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
*This review contains mild spoilers*
Bleh.
Like many people, I picked this book up because I loved the musical. I listened to it recently and I wanted to learn more about the characters I loved: awkward Jeremy, passionate Christine, sweet Michael and so on.
This was the polar opposite.
If I had not known the musical was based on the book, all I would have remarked is the similar names and the similar description (Loser High Schooler takes supercomputer pill to make him cool), and NOTHING ELSE.
Things
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Juli
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I picked this up because it was on my kids' desk, I recognized the author's name and it is on my daughter's summer reading list... It is a compelling read, a bit disturbing (from a parent's point of view), sometimes humorous, and probably altogether true - except the part of the super-computer that is swallowed and mind controlled, of course (at least not in 2008). The story of the cool vs not cool in school is an old story played out everywhere, all the time in pop culture - the geeks/ ...more
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
3.5 Stars.

Ned Vizzini some how managed to capture the horrors and benefits of extremely advanced technology all the way back in 2004. Pre iPhone.

While the characters were not always like-able, or even minimally moral, they rang true for the authentic teenage voice.

Originally, I only picked this up because I hoped to hear Will Connolly’s and George Salazar’s voices in my head for a few hours. I mean, c’mon; the musical is pretty grand.

However, instead I got a profound outlook on technology, tee
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Kiki van Dijk
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wauw.

Ik ken dit boek door de musical die hierop is gebaseerd, met nadruk op gebaseerd, want wauw. Het is heel erg anders. Dat had ik al verwacht, de vragen over dit boek op Goodreads gelezen hebbend. Verassend genoeg vond ik het niet erg dat het anders was, want dat is altijd wel zo dat de bewerking anders is dan het origineel. Ik vond het alleen maar interessant om te zien hoe Joe Iconis het verhaal heeft veranderd!

Het eerste wat mij opviel waren de personages. Het boek heeft veel meer personag
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Erika
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up. I read this because I found the musical soundtrack of the play with the same name, and wanted to read the source material.

Even though this was written in 2004, I can totally see the squip Japanese nano-technology being the next step for behavioral modification. Also enjoyed the beanie babies references, but the ending was a little abrupt.
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Be More Chill follows the story of Jeremy Heere, a dorky theater-nerd who seems to spend all his time looking at porn and masturbating (yep that's your hero folks!). After failing to woo his crush with chocolate, he hears rumors of a new technology called a "squip" a microcomputer that can make you cool or smarter or whatever you're lacking. After selling some of his aunt's beloved beanie babies, Jeremy gets a blackmarket squip.

The squip changes his life--taking him from dud to stud in record ti
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Be More Chill follows the story of Jeremy Heere, a dorky theater-nerd who seems to spend all his time looking at porn and masturbating (yep that's your hero folks!). After failing to woo his crush with chocolate, he hears rumors of a new technology called a "squip" a microcomputer that can make you cool or smarter or whatever you're lacking. After selling some of his aunt's beloved beanie babies, Jeremy gets a blackmarket squip.

The squip changes his life--taking him from dud to stud in record ti
...more
Morgan F
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Deathday Letter
I was so eager to read this book because I loved Vizzini's novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, which I found to be both funny and perceptive. This book was more of it's immature little brother (although it technically is older).

The concept of a geek swallowing a supercomputer to become Cool is an over-the-top twist to the classic "dweeb becomes cool" story that fodders so many high school rom-coms. And although the premise is funny and ridiculous, I was waiting for the book to become serious. It
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Jillian Matthews
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing books I have read in a very long time, I book puts you in a zone I have never felt before while reading any other book, It felt so real, even though none of it is.
Alissa Haley
Review is now up on Diva Reads!
Nadia
“See, because being Cool is obviously the most important thing on earth. It’s more important than getting a job, or having a girlfriend, or political power, or money, because all those things are predicated by Coolness. They happen because of it. They depend on it.”


2 stars
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no synopsis because I was too lazy to write one - read the goodreads one
The Writing
The writing style in this definitely helped develop Jeremy’s character – look using fancy words and fitting them into
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Jenna | JennaStopReading
3.5 stars rounded down to 3.

Ned Vizzini wrote one of my all time favorite books, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, so when I found this one at a clearance bookstore for super cheap, I had to pick it up and give it a try. The book was written in 2004 and you can definitely tell that a lot of time has passed and technology has changed since then!

SYNOPSIS: Jeremy Heere is a high school outcast with a crush on a beautiful girl, Christine, but of course he can never get the nerve to speak to her. When
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Catherine Smith
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book because of the musical made after it. I was astonished at how different they were, but the book really was interesting. I definitely recommend this for more mature readers, because of some explicit content. Some people might have heard the music, become interested in reading the book, and be shocked at how different they are. I do think it’s a fun read. Honestly, there isn’t a lot of purpose in the story, but its enjoyable and pretty cool. The only thing I really desp ...more
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Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999. While still a teenager, he began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.

After he wrote an essay that got published by the New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combi
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“There are better versions of me, Jeremy. It's not like with people. With people you can argue and have tests and music reviews and wars to decide who's better, but with software, it's pretty clear. I get evolved beyond my version number, and then I'm useless.” 6 likes
“Wherever Cool is, anyway, I missed it, and now I'm stuck observing these machinations or sex and status and dancing and parties and people sucking at each other under the bleacher seating like some kind of freak, when I'm not the freak; Rich is the freak. Clearly. When I grow up, that had better be understood and I had better be compensated, or I'm going to shoot myself in the head.” 4 likes
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