Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Need So Beautiful
Author - Suzanne Young
Genre - YA/Fiction
Pages - 252
ISBN - 0062008242

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 follows the story of Charlott, who is plagued by Needs, compulsions to help people and nothing can stop them, if she tries to ignore it then Charlott gets sick or feels like shes burning. So she must complete them.

That is, until one day when Charlotte finds that her skin is dissovling, leaving in its place a golden glow and her life forever changes. People are forgetting about her, even her closest friends and only the seer will remember her, her childhood doctor Monroe, but this is not enough for Charlotte so when a mysterious woman named Onika offers to show her how to go against the Need and ignore her destiny, it offers a hope to Charlott, but is she willing to give into the darkness?

Charlotte was a real character to me, she was bold, vulnerable and ultimatly brave beyond anything. She freaks out when she learns what she is, and that is understandable she also plays with the thought of turning to the dark so that she can stay and have noone forget her, especially Harlin her boyfriend and her adoptive family. This makes her human more than anything, for we all face choices and we are all conflicted at one point or another.

Onto the other characters. Harlin was a good boyfriend type, he was more of a 'wild' person, not the typical jock type we see and he is actually very sweet and deeply cares about Charlott and puts up with her Needs, even though he does not know that is why she ditches him often. The only other one who knows about her Needs is her friend Sarah, and even she dosn't know all that much about it. Can we also say total snob? she is completely selfish and cares more about her own self than Charlott or anything else, honestly I dont know why Charlott actually continues to be friends with the brat, but oh well.

There was no real action to the book, but i felt it did not need it. Though, there is a bit of sexual innuendo and the like that i felt the book was a bit too focused on at times. The ending was pure magic, it was bitter-sweet and i did cry. It sets up a sequel quite niely and I hope that it is just as good as A Need so Beautiful.


  1. Natframpton said...
    OOO great books this week. I have the first two i the weather warden series but haven't read them yet
    BookLuvr Mindy said...
    I watched the trailer to this book the other day and now that I have read your review, I just HAVE to read this book! It sounds so good!

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