Most of the general population of America knows It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It’s a blockbuster film and a classic book about hipsterish kids in New York. But I have yet to find another person who’s read Be More Chill, by the same brilliant author.
Be More Chill follows Jeremy Heere, absolute nerd, through the year of high school that changes his life. Jeremy has spent every day of his school career so far staring at Christine, amazingly fantastic unattainable girl, and keeping track of how many times he is embarrassed.
Then one day his luck changes. His sort-of-bully, sort-of-friend tells him about the ‘squip,’ a CPU in a pill that came over from Japan. The squip tells you how to be cool. All the time. And it works.
Jeremy decides that the squip is exactly what he needs. They cost around six hundred dollars, so Jeremy steals rare beanie babies from his aunt and sells them on ebay to get the cash (something his squip probably wouldn’t want him to do, actually).
From the moment that Jeremy takes the squip he becomes cool. The squip tells him what to wear, what to say, what to do, pretty much everything. But Jeremy is popular and can get any girl he wants, which he considers an improvement. But giving up so much of your life can have repercussions, and Jeremy soon learns that being chill isn’t that easy.
I love this book, not only because it’s an interesting read and well written, but also because I feel like it does high school and being a teenager justice. All Jeremy wants is to fit in, which I think is very true to life. Ned Vizzini does a great job of changing one small thing, and therefore changing everything.
Congrats on making it through Friday,