Need Review

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Rating: **** Suggested Age: 14

Summary: “What do you really need? One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you? Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try. Or could it?After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?” (Summary found on Goodreads).

To be honest, I didn’t like a lot of aspects about this book. The romance in it was forced, almost like it was romance for the sake of romance. The characters were one-dimensional, impulsive, and reckless. The main character was impossible to relate to for that reason and she just didn’t seem very likable in general. The first chapter didn’t have me very excited. However, as the book went on, I grew to enjoy it…a lot. So much so that I could hardly put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. It is such a thrilling and exciting read. I love mysteries, so I devoured Need. In typical Joelle Charbonneau style (she also wrote the Testing series), the book was full of cliffhangers and ended quite unexpectedly. Somehow, through the many flaws, I really liked it. For my fellow mystery lovers out there, I definitely recommend this book!

-Book Hugger

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