Need by Joelle Charbonneau
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
NEED is a story about how achieving’s one desires is not always worth the consequences, even if it seems like the right decision at the time. Written through the perspectives of teenagers attending the same high school, it follows the rise of an anonymous social media that allows people to complete tasks, often felonious, to be rewarded with an item of their choice, anywhere from a new laptop to an A in a class. The story mainly revolves around Kaylee, a teenage girl in desperate need of a new kidney for her terminally ill brother. However, she soon discovers becomes suspicious of this website and embarks on a dangerous, death-filled, hunt for the truth. This book is extremely unique in its concept, but could have been carried out a bit better. The end of the book was not foreshadowed at at all throughout the story and seemed a bit random and disappointing. Overall, this was an exciting story that kept me on the edge of my seat and I would probably read it again.