Need by Joelle Charbonneau

NeedNeed by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kaylee Dunham only needs and wants one thing in life, for her brother to get the kidney he needs to survive. Kaylee was willing to donate herself but unfortunately she just wasn’t a match so she’s done everything she can to bring awareness to her brother’s health problems and try to find a donor.

When her friend shows Kaylee a new social networking site aimed at the students from her high school that claims to grant users what they need Kaylee can’t help but become curious. After signing up for NEED Kaylee makes the request that he brother would get the kidney he desperately needs but soon things take an unfortunate turn for the users of the site and it’s obvious that sometimes things are just too good to be true.

Need is another book that I really struggled with on how to rate this one. I actually enjoyed reading this one and thought it was rather well done and engaging all the way through. But that being said my main dilemma stood with the fact that this strongly reminded me of Nerve by Jeanne Ryan which I just read not too long ago. There are differences of course to the stories but if broken down it seemed they could really have followed the same outline.

Both books are centered around a anonymous site granting gifts for doing things. Need sort of separates itself making the main character get involved due to an actual need for her wish instead of just glamorous prizes. But both ramp up the intensity along the way with Need definitely being the darker of the two. There’s a bit of a twist in both that is very similar also but where Need also excelled was the ending, I found it much more satisfying in depth.

In the end I can’t deny that I still enjoyed reading this book even though it was so similar to another so I decided to go with four stars just based on my enjoyment with this one. The only thing I think Need had a bit off about it was the beginning starts off a bit confusing with multiple POVs but otherwise a really good fast paced read, just not overly original in my opinion.


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