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December 13, 2012

Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful, #1)
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.
This was by far my biggest emotional roller coaster of the year! Could you imagine being forgotten by those you love the most? I can't even being to imagine it without starting to hyperventilate. That has to be one of my worst nightmares. This book tears you heart out over and over again and then STOMPS on a good way.

The story takes place in the city and all the main character, Charlotte, wants is to be a normal teenage girl who spends time with her boyfriend, best friend, and adoptive family. Only that's not possible because she has these Needs that make her do good deeds, the only downfall is that after each Need the people around her seem to be forgetting her more and more.

Charlotte doesn't know what to do with herself. She's a confident character but she never asked for this gift. She doesn't want to help others if it means being forgotten. That's what I loved most about Charlotte. She didn't want to give in without asking questions. Charlotte looked for ways to beat this and didn't just conform. Her boyfriend Harlin means the world to her and with good reason. Even though he didn't always understand what was going on, he was always trusting and supporting Charlotte. Charlotte's best friend is the complete opposite of her, reckless, daring, frivolous but she definitely needs the support of Charlotte. Charlotte is the strong one in their friendship. You can't help but feel for Sarah because of her relationship with her father.

You know those books where you aren't too sure who you're supposed to trust? Yeah. This was one of them. I was on the edge the entire time. Do you trust the doctor who has always been around or do you trust the beautiful woman who assures you she knows a way to keep you in the memories of your family and friends? I kept going back and forth on who was really the evil character in this novel and even though things become clearer in the end, I feel like no one character was solely evil and the other good. Each character had different sides.

There is so much complexion and intensity in this short novel that once you finally turn the last page, you'll need to sit down and take a deep breath. Also, the writing itself is beautiful and gives the book so much more emotion. I recommend you pick up A Need So Beautiful when you're looking for an emotional book.


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