Getting in with the popular crowd and the girls can be tough. No one knows this better than Jeremy Heere, a dorky high school student. Being Cool (with a capital C) is what Jeremy desperately needs if he has any hope of dating the girl of his dreams, Christine. He even uses humiliation sheets to track his progress in becoming Cool! Even with that, he isn’t getting anywhere and everyone is laughing at him behind his back.
When Jeremy discovers the Squip, everything changes. The Squip is a pill with a supercomputer inside to help you achieve your wildest dreams. The Squip guides Jeremy into a cooler and better life, but not without a cost.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I’m sure many other teenagers will relate to Jeremy’s character and the struggle to fit in. I enjoyed following Jeremy’s journey to becoming one of the cool kids and Vizzini's writing style. Jeremy’s Squip was a crazy idea I had never heard of before.
The story develops at a smooth pace and comes to a very unexpected ending. That said, I found his portrayal of girls to be demeaning. The overblown clichés and drama were not exactly easy to swallow. For me, a greater lesson was missing and I guess found Jeremy’s lust a tad bit disgusting. The book could make a great gift for fans of humor and high school drama.
Readers who like dramas told with humor will find themselves walking right alongside Jeremy as he tries to navigate life in high school. The idea of a computer helping you become cool is an interesting plot device will have teens turning the page AND thinking about "quick fixes" too.
Our teen reviewer warns readers about sex, drugs, and bad language. Even though this has an elementary-aged reading level, it is for teens in high school and older.
This is a realistic novel about teen angst and fitting in that also has a science fiction twist.
In the end, was the squip worth it? What did Jeremy have to give up to be Cool - was he happy when he got there? These are just two of the interesting, discussion-provoking questions to start talking about this book for high school students.
13 and Up
14 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Borrow. This is most likely a book you'll read once and then be ready to move on to something else.