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Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

by Cindy H | Mar 02, 2018
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What if you could swallow a magic pill that could help make all of your dreams come true? For Jeremy Heere, that sounds like just what he needs. Jeremy is a stereotypical high school dork. He sits silently in class while he listens to the popular people talk about their more exciting lives. He keeps "Humiliation Sheets" where he makes a tally each time he is bullied or teased. He has fallen for a pretty, smart girl named Christine, but each time he tries to strike up a conversation with her he inevitably chickens out or says something stupid. When his best friend mentions a pill that his brother took to ace the SATs, he can't help but be intrigued, although it seems to good to be true.

When he musters the courage to go to the school dance, he is approached by Rich, one of his tormentors. Rich tells him about the "squip", a super computer in pill form that can tell you how to be cool. After watching Rich go make out with some of the prettiest girls in school, Jeremy knows he has to have one.

This book was extremely engaging and hard to put down. It really makes you consider what it means to be popular, and the importance of staying true to yourself. It does have some crude language and sexual references, so it is recommended for older teens. Overall, this is a very interesting and creative story that will draw you in and make you think about how a squip could change your own life!

This book is available in print, and as a ebook and audiobook on Hoopla.
If you enjoy the book, be sure to check out the musical based on the story; the soundtrack is available on Hoopla.
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  • Cindy H is the Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch and a dedicated pet mother. She loves all kinds of books but the Harry Potter series is her favorite.
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