Vizzini, Ned. Be More Chill.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

VIZZINI, Ned. Be more chill. Hyperion. 283p. c2004. 0-7868-0996-5. $7.99. S

High school geek Jeremy is socially awkward, nearly friendless, and unhealthily obsessed with the confident and beautiful Christine. He goes through his school days eavesdropping on conversations around him and ticking off marks on his Humiliation Sheets (so he can keep an accurate record of how many times he's laughed at, ignored, and so forth). He transitions from relative obscurity to one of the cool kids when he gets his hands on a "squip," a small supercomputer designed to make people cooler once they ingest it. The squip directs his every move, telling him what to say and how to act. Everything seems to be going smoothly--Jeremy has friends, always says the right thing, and is making real progress with Christine. But nothing can stay this perfect forever, and the squip starts to lead Jeremy to make some questionable choices, culminating in a...

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