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“Review #1: "Be more chill" has been the book that finally hit the spot for me. I checked in out three days ago, yet I have already finished my 100 pages. Why? From the themes on the cover and title, I knew that this story about a insecure adolescent was going to amuse me, given that I can...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Perhaps younger males would enjoy it as it deals with male angst - girls, parents, being cool. I thought it would be more like Feed, since it is about implanting a computer, but it didn't have the same strength. Jeremy does learn to be himself and to pay attention, which is good.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The best aspect of this book is the humor, but I’m not sure how funny it’s meant to be. The science is silly, and the romance is decidedly meh. What does that leave? a how-to-manual of cool that rises above geek farce, but not much higher than that.
Jeremy has the hots for Christine, but he’s hopelessly dorky, until he buys a computer processor in a pill, a squip, to guide him through the social jungle of high school. The squip is worthy of its annoying name; a Gen-X guru implant with the subliminal voice of Keanu Reeves. And Jeremy is suddenly irresistible. He says his squip-prompted profanities and put-downs and super-sensitive come-ons, and makes all the right squip-scripted moves when girls start ripping their shirts off for him.
The squip has glitches, and Jeremy’s quest for love/sex/idolatry gets messy, fishtailing across the plot until the entire jumbled production thankfully stalls.
“Comment #1: The book is about a socially awkward teenager who longs for the acceptance of a fellow Drama student. At a party he beings to talk to a boy who would usually bully him, but is under the influence of a flask of whisky. He tells him about a stolen technology from Japan which guides people through life, telling them what to do, or what to say. His quest for this leads him into a seedy back room in a Payless Shoes store, where he finally buys the product. Immediate effects are noticeable as within a few hours he has the number of the most attractive girl in the grade in his phone. Although he only wants to receive the attention of one girl, the 'Squip' as the technology is called, guides him to other vices. I've enjoyed the fact that this book's setting is one I can relate to. It's an interesting book and I look forward to read further into it.”Adi wrote this review Sunday, May 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this when I was a bit younger but I definitely remember liking it(:”LuLu Zulu wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Took me about half way of the book to get into it, but once it finally started I was hooked. Squiips sound like a great idea but a hard lesson is learned. This book is geared to an older crowd but it is still great!”Matthew L wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From Chapter forty-seven: '"If you weren't so dumb, I would have liked it"! [Christine] yells as she's whisked away.' Pretty much my sentiments exactly. Jeremy buys a 'squib' (for several hundred dollars) to help him 'be more chill', and then promptly ignores its advice 90% of the time. Also, one of the biggest cop-out endings of all time.”cmccalli wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review #1: "Be more chill" has been the book that finally hit the spot for me. I checked in out three days ago, yet I have already finished my 100 pages. Why? From the themes on the cover and title, I knew that this story about a insecure adolescent was going to amuse me, given that I can relate to the social circumstances a normal high schooler goes through every day. In the first chapters, we are introduced to Jeremy's crush, (Christine), the gossipers (Jenna and Anne), the enemies (originally Rick and Matt), and Jeremy's best friend Michael. Jeremy is not a popular high school student, and therefore, he keeps a checklist about all the embarrassing things that happen to him each day. His initially focus is simply to get with Christine, who he talks to in the school play recitals. The problem is, she has a relationship going on with the popular Matt. Still hopeful, Jeremy decides to go to a school dance, and during this time Rick befriends him and explains to him that a illegal pill called a squip with affect his mentality and transform him into a teenager that always says what is cool. The pill cost five-hundred dollars, but Jeremy thinks that "Being cool is more important than even being rich". He steals his aunts beanie baby collection and sells the unique creatures for the needed amount of money. Finally, he purchases the squip from his dealer at Payless Shoes. The 100 pages end right when he takes the pill. I love this book because the story is simple, yet unpredictably random. The hilariously stupid buildup of events are punctuated by slightly inappropriate but contributing comments like, "Are you seriously gay, son?" when Jeremy researches beanie babies online, and his father (who is a divorce lawyer) doesn't know why. Indeed, to get into the details of the humor of the book would be out of place and immature, but if you want a good laugh, than this is the book for you.”Daniel G wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's not as good as 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'. I was cut short on the ending so i'm hoping there's a sequel. :)”Justine Galvez wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was interesting. The idea of having a computer in your brain telling you what to do was intriguing. However, some of the things it suggested were weird. It seemed like it was trying to turn him into a rapper or something. Also, I wasn't sure why he decided to do E; it just seemed like something he wouldn't do even if there was something in his brain telling him to. Also, at times I was confused with the swearing. Because they were all blanks, I had to stop and think of what it could be. I got most of them, but not all. It was also weird that the only thing he had to do to get rid of it was drink a certain kind of Mountain Dew. This was a fun and easy read but one I don't think I will be reading again. ”Courtney J wrote this review Tuesday, November 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good. Unlike my normal reads. Kept me reading, keeps me thinking.”Molly. wrote this review Tuesday, November 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Overall, I’ve enjoyed the book very much and if there was to be a sequel, I would with no doubt read that too. The book thoroughly describes the story of a socially awkward teenage student, Jeremy, who has a typical “high-school crush” of a fellow Drama student. During a party he’s talking to a boy who usually bullies him, but now is been asked to share a bottle of whisky. The boy introduces him to this new technology fresh from Japan, that guides people to the ‘perfect’ life. He eventually ends up purchasing this product hoping it will lead to success between him and the drama student, Christine. Having this drug-product installed into his brain, he encounters a whole new experience in a whole new life.
The author’s diction has been fantastic. He’s introduced all the characters so well, so that you could relate them to the real world. I could relate a lot to Jeremy, since he reminds me of any typical teenage kid trying to fit in a social group. Ever since the new pill has been in action, the mood of the novel has been rising. Jeremy’s enjoying life; he’s been receiving good grades, and the flow of the book has genuinely been more interesting and enjoyable to read. I get very hooked to the book once I open it; it’s as if rainbows shine when I open the covers. I get very interested on what’s about to happen next. Since anything could happen because the drug is taking over all of his actions and thoughts. Generally, the book’s very suspenseful because Jeremy is in this new world that he’s always has dreamt of living. The ending isn’t cliche at all, making the book a great book as a whole- from beginning to end. I recommend to all teenagers to read this book, because I guarantee you can relate to it. ”