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A Need So Beautiful Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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“Although the message of this exquisite fantasy is deeply and spiritually profound, the author manages to convey it without sounding preachy or pretentious…The ending is beautiful, although bittersweet. A unique take on the age-old struggle of good vs. evil.” (School Library Journal)

“A gripping supernatural romance… An imaginative twist on the timeless battle between dark and light.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A beautiful, poignant, and gripping tale of love and sacrifice.” (Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH)

“A Need So Beautiful is equal parts haunting mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and epic love story. Charlotte’s story captured me-and still hasn’t let me go!” (Kimberly Derting, author of THE BODY FINDER)

About the Author

Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she drafts novels on restaurant napkins while eating chimichangas. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts. She is also the author of A Need So Beautiful.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062008242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062008244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, THE EPIDEMIC, and HOTEL RUBY. You can visit her online at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com.

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This cover and title fit this book so perfect. The entire story was just beautiful and my connection with the characters was complete. When I put this book down I was just thinking WOW. How in the world did she pull that off?! The entire story is so completely different from anything I've read, but it was all perfect how she put it together and it all played out.
This story is beautiful in so many ways. About how and why Charlotte is what she is. Why she does what she does. And how it's almost impossible to understand and accept, but we are right there with Charlotte through it all. She has the Need before the story starts but she doesn't know what it is or why she has it. It isn't until a little ways in that she learns more and about the tough decision she must make.
I loved Charlotte, and I understood her emotions she was going through in the book. I felt so bad for her having to face those important decisions and having to deal with all she had to deal with. But she was so brave and accepting of things even when she didn't want to. She saw how she helped people, how what she did was good.
The romance was fantastic. I loved that her and Harlin had been a couple for a couple years before the book started so their romance wasn't a budding romance, or an insta-love connection. It was something that had grown and developed over time and their love connection seemed real and really quite perfect. I thought Harlin was a fantastic character and I just wish we had seen him more.
It was a bonus for me that it's all local to me. So when she talks about Voo doo donuts, and Plato's and even just the streets Charlotte walks, I knew it all. It was a clear picture in my head. It just made it even better.
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Format: Paperback
Ever since I saw the gorgeous cover and saw the pitch for this book, I knew that I had to read it. And it didn't disappoint. Charlotte has always known that she's different. Ever since she was young, she's been drawn to help perfect strangers, and to her dismay now the Need to help is growing stronger. When she finds out that she's destined to leave the Earth as a Forgotten and spread her light of hope to the people whose lives she has touched, she wants out. All she wants to to hang out with her best friend Sarah like normal and plan her future with her boyfriend Harlin.

Charlotte has a powerful voice. She's kind, beautiful, and willful. Underlying the entire book is a hint of desperation. Charlotte is a gentle, loving girl by nature, but the growing inability to conceal her Need is driving her to the breaking point. She has a life with people who care about her. She doesn't want to hide anything from them, but she's afraid that they'll think she's crazy. What else do you think about a girl with compulsions to help complete strangers that can happen at any time of day?

A Need So Beautiful isn't a long book, yet it had be enchanted for an entire day. Somewhere, I found myself hanging on every word, eager to turn the page and yet wanting to absorb every single word. There's action in this story; more than that, there is mystery and yearning. Charlotte can't escape the Need, but she doesn't want to be Forgotten. She wants to leave her mark in history just like the rest of us.

I did feel that we didn't need the last chapter, as the thought of Charlotte giving herself to the light was such a beautiful, bittersweet ending. However, I am excited at the same time, as it tells us that there is more to this story--that there will be a sequel, even without Young's announcement. I can't wait to read the sequel, A Want So Wicked!

There are suggestive scenes in this book. I recommend A Need So Beautiful for the older teen readers.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting because I just had to find out what happened with Charlotte.

I love that the central love-story is one of holding on to an existing relationship, rather than the more usual "which boy do I want to choose?" And let's be honest, Harlin sounds pretty nnnnghhh yeah. I'd be hanging on to him too. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.

Parts of the book felt a little episodic, with the compulsion Charlotte feels to fulfil the Need, but it never reached the point where I was annoyed by it, and wanting to know what Onika was going to offer Charlotte, and what escape she could take kept me reading.

I would have loved to have seen a little more of Charlotte and Sarah's relationship, at first it seemed like Charlotte was just there to be a shopper and "let's talk about guys!" friend to Sarah, although this developed more at the end. I dunno, it's the one thing where I would have liked to have seen a deeper connection from the beginning, but I also could see how that would have shifted the focus of the story.

Watching Charlotte be forgotten by her friends and family killed me, but the Harlin thing had me going OMG IS HE? The final chapter has me desperate to read the sequel A Want so Wicked
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I got this thinking that it was a one shot book, not a series. At first, this disappointed me and I pushed it off for a little longer than I originally was going to read it. But then I started reading and found that it would really only work as a series, and if it wasn't going to be a series, then I probably would be very unhappy with the ending. Seeing as how that's not so, I am happier with it, and very eager for the next one.
Charlotte, the main character, I liked. She wasn't stupid with how things were going to work out, and after trying something to push it off, she just went with how things had to go. I like that she didn't whine about it, or doing anything completely stupid. She was genuinely upset at what was happening, as she had reason to be, and I felt it with her. She doesn't have a fully made voice in my head, but I still felt her emotions.
Most of what caught my attention, what made me get the book, and is quite possibly my favorite part, was her and Harlin's relationship. Harlin is so sweet and so good to her. They love each other so much, and they were so sweet and fun and close to each other. I love their relationship, I generally love their kind of relationship, and it was probably the most heart breaking part of the story. It's the part I would have been unhappy with, had this been a one shot with the same ending.
I liked Sarah, her best friend, but not enough to give her a charm. I thought she was a little too selfish and over bearing for me, and I see why she would need Charlotte more than Charlotte would need her. I liked Alex, thought he was adorable; and Mercy was very sweet and a good mother for Charlotte and Alex. Monroe was alright, I don't really have much of an outstanding image of him.
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