- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544938836
- ISBN-13: 978-0544938830
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Joelle Charbonneau made test-taking terrifying in her best-selling trilogy, The Testing. Now, she turns her dystopian eye towards social networks and teens’ wishes in Need.”
"A fast-paced read that teens antsy to untangle the mystery will devour...hand to teens looking for a thought-provoking, timely thriller."
"Charbonneau still has a few surprises in store to leave readers questioning their trust in (and anonymity of) the internet and the selves we expose when we think no one is watching."
About the Author
Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son, and when she isn’t writing, she works as an acting and vocal coach. Visit Joelle at joellecharbonneau.com, on Twitter at @jcharbonneau, and on Instagram at@joellejcharbonneau.
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One day a simple social networking site, much like Twitter or Facebook, pops online asking that very question. One student asks for something he "needs" and gets it, without thought or question as to why this expensive thing is free. So he tells someone and they tell someone...and you know.
Well, Jack's brother, Nate, overhears and hacks his brother's account and sends himself an invitation to the site. He goes into the site and asks for an A on a future test. To fulfill his "need" he has to invite four friends to the site. He immediately thinks of his best friend, Kaylee.
The [MC] Kaylee, is told by Nate to accept his request. She does, and the site asks, "What do you NEED?" And Kaylee inputs the one thing she's been searching for this past year--a kidney for her brother. It's hers, but all she has to do is invite five people to the site.
But once everyone in Nottawa High School in Wisconsin is invited, what does one do to get their "NEED" fulfilled?
And that's where it all goes berserk!
The things required were outrageous, but then what do you expect to do when you're getting a laptop for free or cell phone...or concert tickets...*Needful Things*...The site preys on the greed teens have in this town in wintry Wisconsin. And because the "need" is so prevalent, they're asked to do some OUTRAGEOUSLY INSANE tasks...*Pretty Little Liars*...before their "NEEDS" are met.
You should know that this switches out of the first person POV of Kaylee Dunham to third person POV of the various students of Nottawa HS. In the recent past, I've complained about that very thing...it was uncomfortable in a RomCom. But with NEED, it was done very well, and it kept the story going. Much more pleasant to read...though I still have the issue of the first to third change. (personal taste is all)
DEFINITELY GIVE THIS ONE A READ!
The events pique one's interests, the twists keep one on their toes...and don't expect to guess what's coming because you might be wrong. I will say a lot of the answers for the BIG FINISH came a little too soon for me, hence the one star deduction. But, I'm sitting at the end of this trying to determine if it's truly the end or what? It seems like there's room for more, though not with Nottawa.