Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Review: Be More Chill by: Ned Vizzini

Release Date: June 1, 2004
from Disney Hyperion
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"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."

My Thoughts:

So not so long ago, my sisters became obsessed with this little musical called Be More Chill. Naturally I wanted to know what all the fuss was and I promptly became obsessed with the album. I then had the chance to see if Off Broadway and it was amazing! I already have tickets to see it when it comes to Broadway next year. So naturally I had to read the book after loving the play so much.

The book is very different from the play, but the core of it is the same. I mean the idea of a pill that helps you be cool is so enticing to any high schooler and even adults. We all want things to be easier, so it’s easy to identify with Jeremy. High school is hard and it’s easy to see why Jeremy just wants to get through it all. Be More Chill is a good read with characters that are easy to identify with.

I will say though that I didn’t love the narration. Jesse Eisenberg did a good job and he really captured Jeremy, but I didn’t love the changes between chapters. They decided it was a good idea to put this sci-fi sounding music stuff in between chapters and I found it more annoying than anything and it took away some of the flow. I get what they were going for, but I don’t think it worked.

Be More Chill was a good read with a cool concept. I enjoyed going back and reading the source of something I already loved and even though it was different I could still identify the moments that inspired different parts of the play. Definitely recommend this one. It’s a quick and fun read.

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