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Be More Chill Paperback – September 5, 2005
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Jeremy Heere is convinced that people are born Cool: "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." And he hasn't got it. Every day he yearns hopelessly for beautiful Christine. Then, one day he gets a squip--a tiny quantum supercomputer that looks like a little gray capsule and when swallowed becomes a voice in his head instructing him in the ways of Cool. Soon, every gril he admires is his--including Christine. But when the squip turns malevolent in its merciless pursuit of the goal, Jeremy begins to realize that Cool is not as cool as he thought it was. (ages 14 up) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jeremy Heere, hopeless nerd, wants to date beautiful Christine Caniglia. He knows she's way out of his league, until he acquires a squip, which guides him through a physical and mental transformation. Following the squip's instructions on how to dress, speak, kiss, act and exercise, Jeremy rises above his geek status and becomes --- dare he say it --- popular.
This, of course, comes with a few problems. Computers, for all their quantum mechanics, can't quite get the hang of human emotions, like love and friendship. They can't understand why Jeremy wants to take his geeky best friend Michael to a party featuring the hottest girls in school. And while they may tell Jeremy what to say to Christine, they can only calculate so many possible outcomes of the conversation. Jeremy's squip eventually leads him to disaster, and he has to figure out what he's going to do all on his own.
Sarcastic, sexy (well, Jeremy wishes there was sex) and hilarious, this thought-provoking book is not to be missed by anyone who has ever wanted the impossible. The larger-than-life characters fit in perfectly with the idea of a pill-sized computer running Jeremy's life at Leni Lenape High School. This book, however, is far from fluffy. It raises some important questions as to how far one person will go to impress another and the depth of honesty needed in human relationships.
--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
Squip is the hook; the dynamo that powers Be More Chill. It's what separates Ned Vizzini's tale of dork-cum-cool guy from your other, similar, young adult fare.
Jeremy Heere compounds his dorkdom by documenting each slight onto forms he's coined 'Humiliation Sheets,' ticking off every snicker, snotty comment and a number of other embarrassments he suffers daily at the hands of his peers. No explanation is given for the purpose of these sheets other than to serve as some kind of proof of their originator's dillweed-ness. They seem to be an adolescent substitute, of sorts, for self-flagellation. Heere is a loser, indeed.
Enter the aforementioned 'squip' (a nanocomputer perched in the brain of anyone who takes the 'magic' pill), and Jeremy goes from social pariah to student body messiah. He ascends the social strata all the way to the pinnacle of cool, thanks to his execution of the instructions given him by the voice inside his head. His squip directs him to drop his dearest, best friend Michael for political expediency's sake (how can he remain friends with somebody now below his modicum of cool?), and advises Michael to hook up with the popular chicks in order to send Christine, the girl he really likes, into a jealous tizzy. Is this computer thing Machiavellian or what? The question is can Jeremy live with himself now that he's gone from likable geek to scheming ass?
This novel will appeal most to those still in high school or a few years removed, thus its 'Young Adult' designation. Not to say Vizzini's writing doesn't have some universal appeal, it's just that high school 'problems' are so petty, insubstantial and contrived to anybody who's had to survive for a sustained amount of time in the real world.Read more ›
it. I really liked how you made Jeremy's character easy to relate to and
have him do stuff that most of us have done at least once in our lifetimes.
I also liked the ending and how you didn't conclude everything. I just got
my wisdom teeth out on monday, and I can honestly say that without that book
I would have been a lot more miserable. It helped me through my boring days
of just sitting around. There were many nights where I told myself "Ok, I am
only going to read these 4 chapters," but I'd soon find myself on the tenth
chapter instead. So, thank you for writing a book that is not only enjoyable
but extremely truthful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was so thrilled and all. I am grateful that i got the time to finish this book. i love it.Published 2 months ago by Michelle Tan
Very creative and a fun read. Would definitely suggest to all my friends.
The ending leaves room for your imagination to take over.
This is a great book for teenage boys. My 9th graders read it for independent reading. Most are reading below grade level and valid th "hate to read" but they love this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by resistant reviewer
Definitly used, it was an old library book. Had a plastic cover and a library tag which I ripped off. Other than that, a great buy!Published 17 months ago by Zack Zhang
The concept of this book is still one of the most interesting concepts I've come about. The execution was a little lacking, but it was still a pretty good book.Published on February 14, 2014 by Alyssa
I ordered this for my friends birthday. I was afraid that it would not come in time, but the package came early! Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Reagan