A Need so Beautiful- Summer Reading Challenge

A Need so Beautiful

By  Suzanne Young

Published by:  Balzer and Bray

Published on:  June 2011


Summary from Goodreads:


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.


This was a fantastic book!  I have been hearing about how wonderful it was, but was hesitant to read it (to be honest, the blurb on Goodreads turned me off to the book).  I am so glad I did decide to get it!

This book didn't follow the typical YA plotlines- Charlotte didn't meet a brooding handsome guy three pages into the book and start a steamy (and fast) romance with him.  Instead, Charlotte already "got the guy".  She has already been having "the need" since she was little.  I liked the story started after her discovery- I didn't feeling like I was being told what was happening.

I liked that the book didn't entirely focus on the romance between Charlotte and Harlin.  I loved that the focus was on Charlotte's growth and understanding about what she was and what she had to do.  I loved that the plot was so unique.  I was completely engrossed in the story, and was genuinely surprised by events as they happened.  This book wasn't predictable for me at all!

The surprise on the last chapter completely blew me away (and that is all I will tell you!)

I am so excited to know that this is a series- I can't wait to read the next one!



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