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Review: Need by Joelle Charobonneau

November 2nd, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Source: Received for review

Publication date: November 3, 2015

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

My Review:

If you haven’t read Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing series you have to! i absolutely loved it so I squealed when I had the chance to read Need. I will say it was addictive and I didn’t want to put it down but there was just something about it that kept me from adoring it like I did The Testing. I think that it was so unbelievable and yet takes place in the present which makes it hard to accept some of what happens.

The story line was fascinating and it always comes to mind when my kids tell me they NEED something and I always have to ask do you really need it? Or do you just want it? Need builds off that question about how far people are willing to go for something they feel they “need”. I think many people might find reading it jarring because there must have been maybe 7 or 8 different points of view. At first it was hard to keep track of what was what but it all comes together and you start to get why it jumps around so much.

The main character was an interesting blend of emotions and at times I really disliked her for being so dumb but then at times I just shook my head because I could totally see myself having done something like that at her age. So while she and a few other characters aren’t the most endearing because of their behavior that makes them seem more real because in real life people don’t always make the “right” choice.

All in all, an addictive story but little things like the many POVs, less than likeable characters and some story line pieces that were hard to believe made this a good but not amazing read for me.

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