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A Need So Beautiful Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


“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.


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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 (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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When I first picked up this book and started reading, I was a little unsure. I had seen a few reviews around Goodreads and Lisa @ Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me had told me how wonderful it was; even so, I went into this book with a little trepidation - and Suzanne Young proved my fears unfounded with the first few chapters! I was immediately swept into the story, and into the life of the main character, Charlotte.

Charlotte is, on the surface, a normal teenage: she goes to school. She hangs out with her best friend. She loves her boyfriend. But she also has the Need, a term she uses to describe the compulsions to help others, compulsions that wash over her randomly, leading her to complete strangers. If she ignores the Need, the symptoms - and the results - are not good. So Charlotte juggles her everyday life with her confusion over the Need, and the complications it creates. Charlotte is torn in two, and I really felt for her, and her struggle. She wants more time with Harlin, her boyfriend, but she has this other task to perform, and as the book continues, and she begins to understand more about the Need, and her destiny, my sympathy for Charlotte increased twofold.

I really came to love the premise of this book. It's definitely unique, and Suzanne Young did a really admirable job with the pacing of the book. I definitely did not get bored with the story that was unfolding. However, my heart absolutely broke for Charlotte, as she started to comprehend what being a Forgotten means: she will, in time, only exist to her Seer. Everyone she loves will eventually forget her, even those she has helped, whose lives she has changed. And her choice: embrace or deny that destiny, really gutted me.
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From my blog Never Gonna Grow Up! Reviews:
Suzanne Young's "A Need So Beautiful" is a classic tale of good vs. evil and duty vs. personal desires. The plot is a bit formulaic, but it's a formula that works and is well used by Ms. Young. Her writing is engrossing and it brings you in and doesn't let you go. I read "A Need So Beautiful" in less than 24 hours... I just couldn't stop. I cared so much for the characters and needed to find out what happened to them in the end.

Charlotte tries as hard as she can to lead an ordinary life, but fate has other ideas. She keeps getting these impulses to help strangers. She'll be minding her own business, spending time with her sexy motorcycle ridin' boyfriend and wham! She's hit with an overwhelming urge to help someone specific who needs her help. They could be across town or in the building nearby. The need guides her to wherever she is needed. She has kept this urge a secret from her loved ones (her best friend just thinks she's psychic), but it's starting to consume her life and now her body. She finds out that she is part of a bigger plan and that her existence on earth is limited. However, when an eerie woman offers her an opportunity to stay with the boy and family she loves, will she choose to stay with the people she loves even if she may turn into a monster? Will she embrace her destiny and be the light the world needs?

This book is paranormal light. Despite being about angels and good vs. evil, it really has a contemporary feel to it. In fact, Suzanne Young talked about that a little bit in our Authors are ROCKSTARS! interview. She wrote it first as a contemporary, then laced in the paranormal elements.
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