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Nerve Hardcover – September 13, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Holy hair raiser.
Holy stomach churner.
Dear sweet "I WANT TO STOP READING BUT I CAN'T."
That, in three sentences, was Nerve.
To be honest, this book didn't set off on a good foot with me. The prologue chapter takes place at the end of the book, with the first chapter backing way up in time. This is a pet peeve of mine, and personally I thought it took a ton of suspense out of the ending, which upon reading the prologue still didn't make any sense. But once you hit the first chapter, all that is forgotten.
It actually goes through that whole, "everything is perfect" phase before heading into hair rasing territory. Vee is the best friend of the most popular girl in school but pining for the hottest guy. She is quiet, she's more of a loner-she's basically the best friend cliché. It is this normalcy and the distinct want to feel something different that forces Vee into the game of NERVE in the first place. As far as reasons go, it was a fairly believable one, even if it was never developed as fully as I'd have liked.
The game of NERVE is sickening on several levels-and it's meant to be. Vee is forced to do a whole lot of things that NO sane person would do. The reasons she keeps going after things clearly start getting sketchy were, again, not as developed as I'd have liked, but this book seemed to sacrifice fleshing out of the plot in a lot of places to make room for the pacing.
And OHMYGOD was that some pacing.
Nerve never stops. Not once. Even when you want to because your stomach is attempting seven kinds of sailor's knots.Read more ›
Vee just wants to do something different. She wants to change herself from the quite behind-the-scenes girl, to someone who gets noticed. She wants to be the one that guys fall for. To accomplish this she signs up to do some dares with NERVE. A broadcasted dare game that people all of the country play. The perks are huge. Things you've always wanted by couldn't get on your own. It's pretty easy, make a fool out of yourself in public and then you win prizes. Seems easy enough at first, but the dares quickly get harder and harder for Vee to face completing. Surprisingly though, Vee manages to get through dares and make it to the final round. There though, with the other contestants things get too deep. Some of these people will do anything to win and how far is NERVE willing to push them for a good show? Vee has to quickly find out who she can trust and how she can escape the dares...alive.
So, I had not heard anything about this book when I recieved it in the mail. The cover doesn't really reveal much about the novel either, but the tag line "To survive this game, choosing dare is the only option" certainly had me intrigued. The book starts off a bit randomly, but I was interested from the first page. Then we meet Vee. She starts off as this quiet girl who hides in the shadow of her best friend. It was incredible to see her transformation throughout the novel. It was infuriating to see her not notice the boy who was clearly in love with her though. That's alright though because at least we have another guy for her to fall for. This wasn't a love triangle though, so...YAY!
The game itself is completely crazy, and the people who run it are intense. They know every little thing about you and it's kind of creepy.Read more ›
What dare would you perform if your prize was something you always wanted? Vee sees herself as the privileged sidekick to her popular and beautiful friend Sydney and subconsciously wants someone (Matthew) to notice her. When Matthew, the flirty male lead in the play she is fashion director for tells her she should be more daring, she challenges herself to complete a dare for the online reality show NERVE. What she doesn't know yet is that NERVE uses baby steps to get you to agree to more dangerous dares. They also have unlimited access to all your personal information which they use to both bribe you and threaten you with to continue.
Once Vee experiences the thrill of completing the first dare and is bribed into completing another with the promise of winning a pair of drool-worthy shoes she has had her eye on, she is sucked into the world of NERVE where EVERYTHING is in their control. NERVE is like a reality show where Watchers are the paparazzi and are paid in prizes to get the best shots of the contestants performing their dares. The Watchers are careless and dangerous, but necessary to get the audiences approval ratings. Vee finds herself behaving in a very different way than her friends would believe in order to win her prizes and to win the respect of her friends who are paying to watch her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Vee decides to step out of her comfort zone and submit a dare to the reality game NERVE, she has no idea she will be putting her life in danger. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EMo
This is one of those books for which it is difficult to select a rating.
Let me start with this, the author allows us to see that Vee has issues. Read more
My 13 year old son LOVED this book. He said it was 'gripping' and hard to put down. It's nice to have a novel with a female protagonist that a young man enjoyed reading.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer B. Capoccia
This book was very fast-paced with a very dark plot! I really enjoyed reading this book! Read more
Interesting premise for a story. Not sure if there is a part two or not. Didn't get the prequel at first, so pay attention to the name.Published 10 months ago by Penguin
Total page turner! I loved the creation of the online game Nerve and the kids who get sucked into it, and their various motives for doing so. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Florida Girl Gone North
I really liked this book. I am an adult and found this book to be engaging and intense! Well thought out and kept me on my toes the whole way through. I hope there is a sequel! Read morePublished 15 months ago by AM
This was a really good book. I read it in a few days. I wish it didn't have the cliffhanger ending because I'm not sure if the author is going to make a sequel to the book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tiana Michelle
Vee is usually happy to hide behind the scenes. She literally works there during stage productions for her high school while her best friend and crush perform center stage. Read morePublished 22 months ago by titania86