Yay--I FINALLY get to do a Bookanista review for a book I've been waiting months to gush about: A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, by the lovely and hilarious Suzanne Young.
Check out the amazing cover:
I'm usually not a fan of full-face covers (I like to be able to picture the character how I want to)--but this one is so striking and powerful, I love it. And it's perfect for the story.
Here's the plot description:
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.
Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She's one of the Forgotten and feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?
As soon as I read the description I knew I HAD to read this book. I was fascinated by the idea of following a character facing the threat of being forgotten. It seems like such a quiet threat, compared to something like DEATH...but when you really think about it--it's almost worse. To exist, but to have your existence essentially not matter, because no one will remember it? To see friends and family--people you love--and have them not remember who you are? Talk about horrifying.
So I immediately emailed Suzanne and begged for an ARC and I'm not kidding when I say I jumped up and down when she said she'd send me one. And it. did. not. disappoint!
The way she puts us in Charlotte's head as she discovers the reality of her existence. Watching the way her family and friends slowly forget key memories about her life. It's so powerfully written and so interesting. I don't want to say too much, because this is yet another book with quite a few unexpected surprizes and I'd hate to give anything away. So I'll finish by saying that if you're looking for a summer read that's a little outside the box in all the right ways: THIS IS IT. You'll love it.
Which is why I've decided to give away my beloved ARC--even though it's killing me guys. KILLING ME. It's even signed!!!! *heavy sigh*
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