Ned is actually a good friend of mine we briefly dated when I was a sopho 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 school in America Why didn t they give us books like this to read in high school It s weird for me to read this book because the main character, Jeremy, I really think is based on Ned Jeremy says things about himself that I have heard Ned Vizzini talk about or seen him do Of course, the book is a little bit sci fi, so heaps of it are made up, but this book is a quite memoir eque fictional novel in that it seems to be how Ned has worked out his high school dorkiness and confusion and angst about not getting with girls Good job, Ned Sorry it took me two three years to finally read it. Find all of my reviews at s keep this one short and sweet This was another book that was on my TBR for eternity It got placed there due to my reaction to It s Kind of a Funny Story It finally made it to the currently reading stack late, naturally when I attempted to check out a copy for Young Adult Week Good news is, I read it in a couple of hours Bad news is, it was terrible Lacking in character development and relying on the clich s that all boys are oversexed perverts who are lucky they haven t gone blind despite their masturbatory tendencies and all girls are dumb sluts looking for validation from the nearest penis, it was clear I was pulling a Sergeant Murtaugh because I was most definitely too old for this shit However, like so many things of late there s a different version of this story that is pretty great Maybe leave the book on the library shelves and track down your nearest community theater instead Be 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 appropriately chill This book is the most over exaggerated high school clich 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 his feelings of anxiety were relatable as heck Solid book, entertaining enough, my only complaint was it ended too abruptly, and I was expecting More character development, meaning More consequences for Jeremy s actions All and all, a good book, nothing to rave about but also nothing to rant about So, I m calling this a success. ITS FROM JAPAN Not very impressed, sometimes being inside of a teenage boy s head is no fun at all. 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 Really REALLY Can you tell this book made me mad I really liked the premise of the book, and it seemed to be a fairly accurate portrayal of adolescence in many ways, but the way that girls are portrayed was just too flat, simple, demeaning and inaccurate for me to be able to recommend this book Argh. 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 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 not the moral the moral is wait to buy yourself the exact piece of technology that will make imperfect you perfect so that you might have money, friends, and sex.And the sex part Apparently young women lack self esteem to such an extraordinary degree that not only do they cut themselves while purging while gossiping about their slutty ex best friend, but they are also willing and committed to having sex with any man who might be interested The only exception to this rule the young woman that our hero is in love with and it turns out she s weird, and hence frigid This book shouldn t be read by anyone, let alone a young adult trying to sort out how they might learn to be okay with their awkward weirdness, because the message You re not okay, and it s not likely you ll be okay unless you buy something really expensive and or have sex with an self loathing young woman The book, as a result, both deeply disturbing and depressing Maybe that s how it is with kids these days Nah I think instead Vizzini might try being less chill, and instead he might try to be responsible. 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 squip A supercomputer that is swallowed as a pill, the squip implants itself in the user s brain and gives that person instructions as to how to behave and how to reach their goals Soon, Jeremy finds himself working out to become buff, socializing with people who used to make fun of him, and transitioning from geek toCool.But Jeremy never pauses to consider the fact that he is handing control over his life to the squip The consequences of this may not be what he bargained for.This book was a laugh out loud funny approach to the social tug of war that is high school Readers will want to slap Jeremy upside the head for some of his responses or lack thereof grow some stones, dude , but Vizzini draws the book to an interesting and unpredictable end. 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 Supergeek To Superchic Now An Off Broadway Musical Alternate Cover 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 boobiesNawww, 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 tells you how to act and what to say and argues with you until you are da bomb But, wait are you really I mean do you really want to be THAT guy Is stealing your mom s car and almost losing your nerdy, but wicked awesome, bff worth it Will it really get you the girl of your dreams or just that hot chick that will go down on anyone Who the fuck cares I was hoping that this would break that formula I was hoping that the attempts of hipness would be, idk, groundbreaking I didn t want a freakin modern day after school special But, whatever I m used to disappointment If you want a slightly original conspiracy based YA book about microchips, you might want to check out Feed.