So originally I had wanted to read The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, but as I got half way through I couldn’t find the motivation to read the rest of it since I could not get into the story. So I decided to pick a book that is the total opposite of my original choice. Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. I really wanted to read this since I have already read Vizzini’s other book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and I really enjoyed it. Another reason why I was excited to read this was because of the musical based off the original book. I was wondering if there was going to be a difference between the original and the new musical’s story. I became obsessed with the music and the plot of the musical that I hoped that it would be similar to the original work of the book. Just like Vizzini’s other work, I had enjoyed reading this from beginning to end. During the start of the book, the story was set up the same way as the musical. Our main protagonist, Jeremy Heere, is a nerdy student struggling to stay alive within the school ranks. But as I got to the middle of the book, everything is completely different then the musical. In the book, Jeremy meets Rich at the school dance and learns about the Squip. He finds out about the dealer so him and his best friend Michael go on a hunt to buy it. In the musical, Rich is still the one to mention the Squip to him but the process is completely different. The biggest difference is the complete ending of both stories. In the book, the Squip ruins Jeremy’s chance with Christine and they write the Be More Chill book to hopefully make up for the Squips mistake. In the musical, the Squip ends up taking control of the whole drama club and Jeremy has to stop it before it takes more victims. The character that empathized with while reading would have to be Michael Mell. He has the same interests as Jeremy does but has a completely different personality. He is a caring friend who would drop anything he is doing to help out Jeremy when he is in need. Even though Jeremy uses him throughout the story and ends up ditching him, Michael comes back to help him no matter what. I really connected with that trait Michael has for caring for others even though they might not be in the best of spots. This is definitely another book that I would recommend for someone else to read. It’s a book about being your true self instead of trying to change yourself to fit in with everyone else.