A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful
by Suzanne Young
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
272 pages. Paperback ARC.
Rating: 5/5

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.

Kudos to Suzanne Young for writing a very beautiful YA book. Let’s face it, a lot of the books in the YA genre don’t have much substance to them these days. Yes, good ones are out there, but it’s hard to find them under the piles of vampire and werewolf books you find at bookstores. I’m usually pretty wary of anything paranormal these days, because chances are it’s not going to be very original and it will probably bore me. I mean, how many times can we read the same basic stories before we get sick of them. There has to be some element of originality or just something to keep the reader interested. That’s why it is so nice to read something that’s absolutely original.

Charlotte is such an easy character to like. She loves her friends and family. She has a real appreciation for everything she has. I think that’s part of why she finds it so unfair that she must sacrifice her life for the happiness of others. And, really, that’s a difficult thing to deal with. I had a lot of trouble with it myself. I kept thinking that the right thing to do would be to make the sacrifice and help keep happiness in the world, but it is pretty unfair for Charlotte. She has a good life.

The plot moved well, but it was gut-wrenching not knowing how on earth Charlotte would figure things out in the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I became attached to the story and its characters quickly. It ended up being a beautiful story of love and a sacrifice, with a couple of nice twists.

Prude Filter: This book contains profanity and sexual references. It should be fine for teens.

Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Author’s website: http://suzanne-young.blogspot.com/
Purchase this book: Harper Collins | Book Depository | IndieBound

Coming Summer 2012! A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

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