Be More Chill (Broadway Tie-In)

Be More Chill (Broadway Tie-In)

by Ned Vizzini


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The groundbreaking novel that inspired the Tony-nominated Broadway musical!

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 geek to the coolest guy in class. Soon he is friends with his former tormentors and has the attention of the hottest girls in school.

But Jeremy discovers that there is a dark side to handing over control of your life—and it can have disastrous consequences.

This modern-day classic by New York Times best-selling author Ned Vizzini contains photos from the Broadway musical; an introduction by the Broadway showcreators, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz; and an afterword by New York Times best-selling author David Levithan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368052412
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 116,819
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ned Vizzini began writing for The New York Press at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he had his first book published, Teen Angst? Naaah. . . . He was also author of three other books for young adults including The Other Normals, Be More Chill, the first young adult novel ever chosen as a Today Show Book Club pick, and which is the basis of the musical of the same name, and It's Kind of a Funny Story, which NPR named #56 of the "100 Best-Ever Teen Novels" of all time and which is the basis of the film of the same name. The last novel published before his death, House of Secrets, was a middle-grade fantasy novels co-written with filmmaker Chris Columbus; it debuted on the New York Times best-seller list.

Ned's stories often drew on his struggles with anxiety and depression, yet they had a strong comic bent. His fans appreciated his honesty and sense of humor. He was also very generous to other writers. In 2005, he started the Barnes & Noble Teen Writers Workshops, which he ran until 2012.

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Be More Chill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have decided to write a review about the book Be more chill by Ned Vizzini. The book was very interesting and I liked it. The book is about an average high school kid named Jeremy who wants to be popular and the center of attention for girls. He finds a pill called a squip that is a microcomputer that gives him advice on how to be cool and be popular. Jeremy then tries to get the squip by stealing things from his family and scrapes up money to get this squip. Jeremy also has someone in particular he wants to impress, Christine, his dream girl. When Jeremy gets the squip his whole life changes. He starts acting different, talking different, and dressing different. He starts hanging out with popular girls and now has a reputation. Jeremy then starts ditching class smoking marijuana and hooking up with girls. His parents start to realize how different he is acting, but they don't know the half of it. Everybody starts to befriend him, even the ones who bullied him before he had the squip. Jeremy goes to a party and starts flirting with a girl named Chloe, but she has a boyfriend. Chloe's boyfriend finds them in a laundry room making out, and he tries to fight Jeremy, and Jeremy runs away. Jeremy then finds his friends and fled the party with his mom's car almost getting into an accident with a fire truck. After dropping off everybody home, Jeremy forgot to put the car in park and the car almost went down the road, because he was so high on ecstasy. The next day, Jeremy went passed the house where he attended the party and saw a fire truck putting out a fire where the party was. Jeremy thinks its his friend Rich who set the fire to the house because he is known to do things like that. Later on, his mother finds out that he took her car to go to the party, and Jeremy confesses that he did take the car, and that he had had a computer squip inside of him that tells him what to do, and they thought he was going mad. His parents took him to the doctor because of what he said and they thought he was losing his mind. When Jeremy finally went to school, he noticed everyone wearing black in respect for the victims who was hurt in the fire at the party. After everything went back to normal, Jeremy went back to his normal routines which included participating in his school play. At the school play Jeremy's squip told him to confess to his dream girl Christine about how much he likes her. He managed to get enough courage and approached Christine, but she did not like him in the same way. That was the day the computer squip turned itself off in Jeremy's body. Jeremy also lost his popularity status and was kicked off the school play, and his friend Michael turned against him by telling Christine about the computer squip. Jeremy learns that being popular is not easy. I will give you two reasons in my opinion why everyone should read this book. The first reason in my opinion everyone should read this book is that teenagers especially can relate. This book takes place in a high school setting similar to the shows like The hard times of RJ Berger. This show deals with similar problems teenagers have who are not as popular and are trying to fit in. In the show The hard times of RJ Berger the main character has to go through school being bullied and unpopular, until he finds something inside of him to stand up for himself and take a stand. The character in this show also likes a girl and has a hard time getting her attention. When
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about a teenage boy named Jeremy Heere who has the common desire to fit in at his high school. He finds out about a computerized pill called the "squip" that can teach him how to be cool and he works out a dishonest way to afford the pill. The book takes an exciting turn when Jeremy takes the pill. It was interesting and very original to have this squip commenting on Jeremy's thoughts (in other words, the narrative) and telling him how to behave in social situations.
bookworm_847 More than 1 year ago
i JUST finished this book today! i took me 3 days to finish it.. the book was very interesting and i couldnt put it down! i wanted to keep on knowing what was gonna happen.. try it out! you will like it:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exciting and always full of surprises. This is a book that many teens in high school can relate to. This book was fun to read and I give it four stars. I rate this book four stars because of how it can relate to teens in high school and because it was a fast read and entertaining at the same time. After reading this book i can come to the conclusion that Ned Vizzini is the kind of author that can connect to the reader at a level of understanding. He knows what it is like to be a teenager in high school, and the stress and decisions that you have to make throught the four years that you are there.
BlahKH More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing book, i couldn't put it down. This book isn't one of those books that's boring at the beginning and good at the end, its awesome all the way through. usually i read books in a week or so, but i read this one in a couple days... i would almost consider it addicting :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stayed up until 4:30 in the morning to finish this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was amazing I'm a girl and I can't believe how much i loved this book! You can feel like your there with Jeremy(the main character) feeling what he is feeling. It's defintiely one of those books you just can't put down until your done and then when you r done you have to pick it up again and read it over and over until you know the entire book by heart and can recite it. when you read it each time you feel like your reading from a different side it's a GREAT book and I would reccomend it to everyone in the world(well except for maybe some old people becuz their old hearts couldnt handle it all) Buy this book now and you will get the joy of a lifetime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, although I definately think It's Kind of a Funny Story was a lot better. It's amazing how Vizzini can take characters that aren't exactly likable, although they are funny and endearing, and make a fantastic story. Very creative, and although I found the ending a bit frustrating, I can't wait to read more books by Ned Vizzini!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be More Chill is my new favorite book. I just finished it this morning. =] I'm a girl, but I still found this book interesting. For girls, this book gives you a chance to know what the guys are thinking. (I, personally, have always wondered.) For guys, you can really relate to Jeremy. The author doesn't hold back at all. This book is honest and amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on a moral standing, this book definitely tells a message to all of those who want something the grass always looks greener on the other side. This book was captivating through its modern language and topics that were mentioned. The entire book was powerfully written and very compelling. For three days, reading just fewer than 100 pages a day I just could not put the book down. Before this book I did not like to read or was interested in reading as much. Thank to Mrs. Hardacre for assigning my class to do this I have now found something new to keep me entertained. Recommending this book is a definite to anyone, which already includes many people in my English class. The ending was written sincerity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMg this was a great book. I just couldnt stop reading it. I had bought it just before a long eight hour plane ride and I finished the book before we landed. I couldnt stop reading it. It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and hilarious. I was laughing throughout it all, and I experienced so many emotions reading it. When Jeremy had an unfortunate event occur, I felt bad for him, and when he wasn't sure what to do, I wasn't sure if i could continue reading because it would be painful to see something bad happen to the character. I really felt connected to this story and I defiently recommend it because it's so fresh--there's nothing out there that's like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all i hate how all the characters talked like 'bwer-her-her' or 'Mmmmrr, yuh' what does that mean? we don't talk like that.It is a horriable beginning epscailly when the teacher was taking attendence it was very hard to understand and no offense but i know no one who keeps a sheet of paper and writes down how many times he/she is being mortified.I feel like I'm in a girl's mind not a boy!! Can't these characters speak normal! maybe you should revaluate yourself if your going to make another teen book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally think that this book really expressed how teenagers feel in high school. HIgh SChool is a dangerous place and there are things like cliques and there is pressure and people are mean. This book was good that it brought those topics up but extremely unrealistic that a computer chip can tell you how to be 'cool.' It is a really good book for teenagers to read and I felt the author did a good job on expressing the changes our brave protagonist of the story chagnes throught out his time taking the 'squip'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It's about this boy getting into a lot of trouble and doing whatever to be cool and get this one girl he loves...
louisedoherty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeremy Heere, at the bottom of the high school social hierarchy, spends his days being bullied by his social betters and keeping ¿humiliation sheets¿ that document his dork and loser status. Jeremy hangs out with his one dork friend, lusts after the beautiful Christine and spends his nights masturbating to internet porn and firmly believes that ¿being Cool is obviously the most important thing on earth¿¿. Jeremy wants to get laid but doesn¿t know how and life as a loser looks settled for Jeremy until he finds out about the squib, a microcomputer you swallow that tells you how to talk, and dress and how to be cool. Suddenly, Jeremy is the coolest kid in high school and he finds out that things don¿t always turn out as you expect them to. (12/06) GRADE 8+ 12/06
Raben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini, haha what can I say? A great and hilarious book. Definitely more for high school students and I would be more likely to recommend it to boys than girls.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Ned Vizzini's writing! "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is among my all time favorites, and although this wasn't as good, it was still excellent. It tells the story of a kid who gets a squib, a little voice in his head that tells him what to do to be cool. As well as being hilarious, it really shows the ridiculous lengths kids will go to to be cool.
laserxlemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! This book exploits the peer pressure faced by everyone growing up in the 21st century. Painfully honest and clever. This is a must-read.
framberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as funny or poignant as It's Kind of a Funny Story, but with similar themes.
amberdeshotel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
. I really liked the pace of this book. However, I have to say that I think this book should only be read by much older teens. The book sometimes frightened me, because it was basically written straight from the ideas and thoughts of a young teenage boy. Some of the vivid and sexual experiences were discussed at great length and detail. The book had a very humorous tone that kept me interested in what Jeremy and the squip were going to come up with next. This book also accurately portrays how devious young adults can be when it comes to bullying inside of high school. Teens can relate to this story because of the portrayal of high school cliques and the social awkwardness of some teens. The end of this book was not clear cut and it was left up to the reader to decide if the two get together in the end. I think that this unconventional way of ending this book adds to the character of this book.
mandavid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book. I really liked the true to life portrayal of high school, cliques, and the importance to teenagers of being accepted. We all want that magic pill...rather it be for weight loss, intelligence, or beauty. Parents should be aware that there are sexual references in the book, but it is nothing compared to what teens see on tv, hear on the radio, or experience in real life.
elissajanine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read and entertaining. The pacing was good, and it was definitely funny. I also think the author did a good job ending it--I was very curious how he was going to pull that off. I'm not going to lie and say it was entirely comfortable to be inside the head of a teenage boy...things I sort of wish Jeremy would have kept to himself (his obsession with furries, for example), but overall it was an engaging voice, especially after the squip. Pre-squip, Jeremy seemed so exaggeratedly awkward that he seemed like he was on the autism spectrum or something, and I could see the need for a dramatic difference between the two, but at first I had a hard time getting a read on exactly what kind of nerd Jeremy was. It was also tough to get a real read on Christine, although I suppose that was part of the point--she's so tough to read, she even stumps the squip. Overall, a funny (if slightly gross) book with an interesting premise.
Jebbie74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure that this should have been a book for teens, as there seemed to be a lot of foul language and a fee adult situations. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and would have loved to have a computer of my own in my brian when I was teen :)
christinebemorechill More than 1 year ago
i really wanted this book to be in a series i want to find out what happens next so bad i read this book in a day but i want to know about the other squips and stuff the new versions and i want to see what happens to rich and jake and chloe and jeremy and christine got back together i hate to be left hanging
Gray97 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading it and OMG, it was amazing. I don't want to go into details, because I'll end up spoiling it, but the BN overview tells you everything you need to know. I really recommened reading it and Ned Vizzini's other novels: It's Kind Of A Funny Story, Teen Angst.....Naaaah, and upcoming novel The Other Normals.