I just finished reading A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young for a Teen Book Scene review.
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.
There have been others before who’ve felt the Need, but they’re gone—erased from the memories of everyone whose lives they had touched. It's as though they never existed. This is the fate that awaits Charlotte. But the last thing Charlotte wants to do is disappear, to be Forgotten. She wants to stay with her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. She wishes she could just ignore the Need, but she can’t. And as everyone important in her life begins to slowly forget her, she has to decide if she’ll fight the Need in order to remain herself—no matter how dark the consequences.
This was an interesting story. I liked the idea of having a superpower where you felt compelled to help someone. And the identity of a Forgotten is interesting too.
I liked Charlotte. She was a sweetheart but had a funny sarcastic side too. And I liked her relationship with Harlin. I think this might be the first time that I've like the "Bad boy." I usually like the good guys, but with Harlin, its just his exterior that is "bad boy"ish. Their relationship seemed pretty intense for being so young, but it made sense when you find out something at the end (which I saw coming).
I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this book, but if there is one, I definitely want to pick it up. I want to find out what happens to Charlotte next!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
A Need So Beautiful will be released on June 21, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 A to Z Challenge: Y
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 17
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 15
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 14
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the The Teen Book Scene.