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January 2005 Book Review
Be More Chill
by Ned Vizzini
(Miramax Books, 2004)

Ever wish you had some way to easily, effortlessly, behave in the coolest way possible at all times? Jeremy does. The narrator of Ned Vizzini's novel Be More Chill is sure that "being Cool is the most important thing on earth. It's more important than getting a job, or having a girlfriend, or political power, or money, because all those things are predicated by Coolness." Jeremy is smart, funny, insightful, and of course, totally insecure, so he's positive he's lacking in Coolness and going to spend his entire high school career in unCool purgatory. That is, until he gets his hand on a "squip," a computer-in-a-pill-form that tells his brain how to be Cool and navigate the treacherous waters of Middle Borough High School. Vizzini, who is only 23, manages to be both sweet and sharp in his writing, and he clearly has an eye for detail that makes this book a juicy, wacky read.

óAndrea Pyros

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