Jeremy Heere and Michael Mell, the "so-called" biggest dorks in school. Jeremy is a 16-year-old Sophomore in high school with his best buddy Michael. All he dreams about is gaining the attention of his crush Christine Canigula. He receives help from another guy that used to be a loser until he bought a S.Q.U.I.P. This Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor is a grey oblong pill that is supposed to teach you to be super chill and cool.
Well, I didn't swallow a secret Japanese grey pill. I read the novel by Ned Vizzini instead. Back in high school, I had already become pretty much obsessed with the musical adaptation by Joe Iconis that premiered in 2015. I might have been a few years late to hop on the band-wagon. (Oops!)
Everything from the novel and the musical adaptation seemed so crazy, but also so relatable. Many of us wouldn't mind becoming cooler, but I don't know how many of us would go the lengths to take a creepy pill that talks to you in your head...yikes.
I started college back in August and my life has been pretty darn busy so far. I was 'chilling' out in my school's library one day, and my eyes had just naturally glided over the Current Literature section. I couldn't help myself, I walked over and started my very picky hunt for a novel to read even though I probably wouldn't have time to read it. There it was. 'Be More Chill' by Ned Vizzini was standing so perfectly between other books on the shelf. I knew right then and there that I needed to read this book. Determination was coursing through my blood. I was going to do what others before me had failed to do. I was going to read for fun in college. Guess what.. I was successful in my endeavor.
Reading this novel actually forced me to take a break from all of the mentally exhausting assignments I had to do, lay down my phone and just be more chill for a while at a time.
Since then, reading has helped me slow down when I feel like everything is moving too fast and course work is too stressful at the time. Mental health is important!
I recommend reading to take a break and 'Be More Chill'