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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.