Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Book Rating: 3 Stars
Cover Rating: 3 Stars

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)

 We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.

THOUGHTS: This book was really, really sad to me, but beautiful, too. Charlotte's predicament was one that would end badly either way: If she lived, she would become a monster. If she died, well, she died. And she didn't want that to happen. I found my heart breaking for Charlotte through the book- the people she loved most in the entire world, the people she couldn't live without, slowly forgot her until she was unrecognizable to them. The writing was beautiful, and while I did love the book, it got a bit boring at times- the was really nothing that grabbed your attention and held it. 

SETTING: This is a book that I would have liked to see a bit more background in- while I know it's important that you get a lot of the people around Charlotte, I would have liked to know what she thought of her home, if she hated it or loved it. 

CHARACTERS: I feel like there could have been a little more to the characters in this book. Something about them just seemed a bit hollow to me. It seems like a lot was put into Charlotte, and the other characters were taped up and stuck on the pages. You didn't really get to know any of Charlotte's family or life before where the book picks up. I would have liked to see a bit more so I could have a better Idea of Charlotte. 

PLOT: The plot was slow to me. I found myself setting the book down often because nothing exciting was going on. You have to understand, I'm an action junkie. And there was nothing that really got my pulse racing in this book. Overall, I give it 3 stars. 

FIRST SENTENCE: "I sit on the from steps of St. Vincent's Cathedral and pick at the moss nestled in the cracks of the concrete."

LAST SENTENCE: "Because I realize: I have no idea who I am."


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