{Bieke Reviews} Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Posted October 29, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments


{Bieke Reviews} Need by Joelle Charbonneau


by Joelle Charbonneau
Published on November 3rd 2015
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Testing, Independent Study

"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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Well, that was intense. I had a pretty good idea of what I could expect when I started this book and it delivered. It didn’t blow me away, but I did like it more than I thought I would. Need is fast-paced, quite a nail-biter and I read it in one sitting, so saying I liked it would be an understatement.

The teenagers from Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are sucked into a dangerous game when a social networking site shows up that promises to grant their every need regardless of the consequences. But the more members it gets, the more sinister the tasks required to fulfill the needs become. Simple pranks turn into malicious crimes and then someone dies and nobody knows how to stop or is too scared to try.

I think the only real problem I had with Need was the amount of POV’s. There are quite a few and while they do help tell the story better, I think I could’ve done with a few less. Some seemed to only exist to explain one small thing from a certain story line. But that’s the only negative thing I can say about this really. The writing was great, the story was quite fresh and a real nail-biter. I read this book in one sitting and just had to know what would happen next.

The characters were pretty standard for the most part. There were a few that stood out as main characters, the most prominent one being Kaylee since her POV was the only one told in first person POV, unlike the others, those were told in third person POV. I did feel bad for her and sympathized with her. She was the only one that put in a rather selfless request as a need and quite honestly, she’s the only one that deserved to see her need fulfilled. I liked her bond with her brother DJ and I didn’t like her mother. I did like Nate. Can’t really say much about the others because of spoilers.

Need was an intense, fast-paced, nail-biting read that makes you question the difference between want and need. How far would you go to get that one thing you think you desperately need? It reminds me of Pretty Little Liars a bit with the social media and the threats. Fans of that show or the books should really check this one out. If you’re a fan of YA Thrillers, I can definitely recommend this book.



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10 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} Need by Joelle Charbonneau

  1. Glad to hear that this was an exciting read and that it kept you more interested than you thought it was going to be. I like the sound of a fast paced read as well, because I have been reading so many draggy ones lately! I don’t like the sound of too many POVs because when they get to be a bit pointless it bothers me. I will have to think about this one some more!

  2. I’m picking this up next, and I’m so excited for it! I haven’t read the Testing trilogy by Joelle but I heard it was pretty good, so I’m definitely curious to see how I’d like her style with Need. I seen that you mentioned there a quite a few POV’s which can be a hit or miss for me. I tend to enjoy them, but sometimes it’s hard to establish a genuine connection with the characters when there are so many. I’m pumped nevertheless. Oh and nice meeting you! I really like your blog 🙂

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