NEED by Joelle Charbonneau | Review

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NEED by Joelle Charbonneau | ReviewNEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 3, 2015
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 335
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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What do you really need?

One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request.

Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you?

Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Or could it?

After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?

(Last Updated On: June 11, 2022)

NEED was an extremely creepy and mysterious thriller read. The story follows many different characters, though the main story seems to revolve around Kaylee whose brother was sick and needed a transplant.

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Her best friend, Nate found out about a website called NEED when he was at her house. When you sign up for the website, it asks only one question: What do you need?

Once you answer, you’re asked to do some tasks. If you do the tasks, your need is granted soon after. However, NEED starts to have some seriously creepy tasks, and some people will do absolutely anything to get what they “need”.

I really liked the idea behind this book. It really showed the difference between desires and needs, and it also showed the limits that humans don’t really have when it comes to getting those.

This book was utterly creepy, and I was constantly on my toes. I really liked Kaylee as a character, though throughout a lot of the book, I thought that I knew who the person behind NEED was. In the end, I was so wrong.

The actual person was such a minor character that I hadn’t even realized they’d be such a huge reason for everything going wrong in the end. I especially hated Kaylee’s mom, though.

Bad things started happening surrounding her kids, and she just blamed Kaylee for all of it and up and left her! What kind of mom logically does that?

Besides that, I really enjoyed NEED, and I definitely recommend you pick it up if you’re looking for a thrilling mystery!

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