need.jpgNeed by Joelle Charbonneau

There’s a new social networking site in Nottawa, Wisconsin.  Everyone is joining it.  It’s a little different than your normal site where everyone posts all of their drama and you know everyone’s business.

This social media site, NEED, asks you what you really need and then will give it to you, for a price.  At first it was easy.  All you had to do was invite a few friends through email and your request was granted.  After awhile, you must perform tasks that become a little more dangerous as time goes on.

Kaylee has no trouble deciding what she needs.  While her classmates are asking for computers, an extra week off of school or a better grade, Kaylee has one need.  She needs to find a match to donate a kidney to her brother.  He is running out of time and everytime he gets sick, time goes a little faster.

As Kaylee is worrying about her brother’s health, her classmates are getting themselves in deep trouble.  One boy drops off a box of cookies at someone’s front door not realizing that the recipient had a deathly allergy of nuts.  And the tasks keep getting more and more dangerous.

I thought the premise of this book was interesting and students would definitely be intrigued. I had trouble keeping the characters straight.  There were several narrators in the story and while the main narrators were easy to recognize, some of the lesser characters who had similar storylines were hard to tell apart.  I also thought the dangerous tasks of NEED seemed to gather speed rather quickly.  It was a little hard to believe that students who go so far, so fast even when others start being harmed and killed by requests.  I thought there were some unanswered questions at the end.  It was almost as if while trying to throw the reader off track of the real perpetrator, there were loose ends all over the place.

Even with all of the issues I had with this book, I still thought it was a unique storyline and something that students will enjoy.


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