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Be More Chill


Be More Chill

Hearing voices is never a good thing, unless the voices are
coming from your squip. No, not script --- squip. Google "squip"
and you'll come up with a boring kill-the-space-aliens game and
some information about a supercomputer the size of an aspirin,
currently illegal to use. Swallow the computer and become cool. Get
all the girls, or guys. Dress sharp. Learn to flirt and drive, and
generally be more chill.

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


Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

Be More Chill
by Ned Vizzini

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax
  • ISBN-10: 0786809957
  • ISBN-13: 9780786809950