Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

“Haunting, mystical and beautifully written. A Need So Beautiful is a must read for this summer.”

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Title:A Need So Beautiful
Author:Young, Suzanne
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:272

From Goodreads: 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.

A Need So Beautiful is one of the best YA books I have ever read. Asking me to explain why apparently turns my brain to mush and nothing coherent will follow. However I must try to explain my utter love for this book so that you dear reader can experience it for yourself.

The plot isn’t unique, it is the formula that works on me. Boy, girl, wise guiding old person. However the supernatural element is completely unique. Charlotte is a Forgotten. She feels a pull towards people to help them and each time she helps she is losing a part of her self. The ultimate sacrifice is that she will die, but Charlotte doesn’t want to die so she may have to align herself with the beautiful woman in her dreams who promises her immortality on earth.

The writing is sweet and sticky. You cling to the words long after you finish reading the story. The love story is beautiful, the best friend’s story is tragic, Charlotte is smart and funny and a reluctant hero all in one. I really can’t explain how emotionally stirring the book is, so you will just have to try it for yourself when it comes out on the 21st.

All I can say coherently is that I loved A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL and am dying to read A WANT SO WICKED.

I picked this book up at ALA Midwinter

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6 Responses so far

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    I love it when a book has that kind of effect! Glad you enjoyed it, I’ve been lusting after this for a long time now so I’m glad it’s out soon.

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    Might you say that your need for this book was beautiful?

    *goes put self in the pun of shame corner*

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    I just want to say THIS!!!!

    I am pretty sure my brain turned to mush afterwards as well.

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    I already wanted to read this one, but since you named it one of the best YA books you’ve ever read, now I really don’t have a choice to read it. It sounds like it has some complexity to it, which I always enjoy.

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    Wow, Pam. Ok… so is this book out and where can I buy it?

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