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"In this exploration of the dark side of social media, and government control and manipulation, the teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper and deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need--regardless of the consequences"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780544416697
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,22 cm


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Oct 20, 2020

The book is about how the lives of teenagers from Nottawa High School are
affected when a mysterious website called “NEED” asks them what they need and
tells them to complete a seemingly insignificant task in order to get what they
asked for. As the tasks get harder and the stakes are raised, Kaylee Dunham, our
protagonist sets out to save everyone and stop NEED.

The book is a mysterious and psychological story, which I will recommend for
someone looking for a twisted tale with some realizations on human behaviour.
That said, it has quite a number of perspectives of different characters which can
make the story a little hard to keep up with for some readers. Though in the end,
it does cut down to a minimal number. But because of the different points of
views, it does provide tons of insight on how each personality will react to any
given situation, which I personally loved. It really made me realize how we
humans only care about ourselves at times, even when we know we are wrong.
This book shows how the characters deal with such situations while also
showing a mysterious side to the story, which will make it an engrossing read.

Two of my favourite quotes from this book were “Sometimes being smart is about
getting the desired result without having to do something you hate in order to get
it” and “So much has happened in so little time. How fast things change.” These
quotes made me stop my reading for a minute to take the time to mull over them
because they’re really deep. I can’t really say it’s like any other work I’ve seen or
read before.

Overall, this book had lots of meaningful realizations and suspenseful parts, but
the story moved a little slowly, so I would give it 3.5/5 stars.

Sep 28, 2020

NEED is an amazingly well written book. I can't really call it a favorite, but it was so well done, I want to read other books by Joelle Charbonneau like her Testing series.
"NO ONE gets something for nothing. We should all know better." These statements from the front of the book really set the theme.
NEED is the story of a social network website that targets students at a high school in which the protagonist, Kaylee is a student. The purpose of the website it to grant the "needs" of students who join. As we quickly learn, the website doesn't give things without a cost.
Kaylee is introduced to the website by her best friend, Nate, whose brother, Jack, has been active already on the site. We meet several students who begin to use the site, but before long, they are being asked to do things in payment for their "need" that don't always seem right. The story gets really intense when a student dies from a severe allergic reaction when she eats a cookie laced with peanuts that was delivered in a gift box to her door.
Many issues are addressed in this story including greed, selfishness, and heroism. The story ends leaving open the possibility for a sequel.
The book should be classified as a young adult, psychological thriller that borders on horror - a very scary, well written, thought provoking story that is a faced paced page turner and well worth the read.

sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 9/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 10/10
For some reason, I did not expect this to be as "thriller" as it turned out to be, but I really enjoyed the ride. There are definitely some dark revelations about human nature in this novel, but it was a page-turner that kept me going until the end. Really well-resolved and a worthwhile read.

Sep 18, 2018

'Need' has a wonderfully compelling premise, and the story itself captures the interest. The main character Kaylee is a troubled teen with family problems who doesn't know the whole story. Like anybody would do, she tries to force people to help her sick brother and ends up isolating herself from not only her friends, but her mother as well.

The difference between a want and a need is explored quite well, and it shows that people don't always think before they go for something they 'need.' Another theme explored is the internet and anonymity and the fact that what you do behind the safety of the computer screen can have devastating consequences.

The problem for me is the generic ending. Whereas the mystery is intriguing and the web of different characters and people weave together well in the narrative, the ending is not as good as I think the story deserved.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a good conspiracy and to those who enjoy mystery. Perhaps they can get more enjoyment out of the end of the book than I did. I don't regret reading it though.

Aug 28, 2018

What do you need? A phone? A new toy? At Nottawa high school there is an app for that. Each day many students are joining the latest social networking site, NEED. All you have to do is type in what you need and perform a small task and then you will receive it. But these tasks are getting more dangerous each day, and eventually many lives are lost from the dangers of these crimes. Kaylee Dunham has heard of the new website and she knows exactly what she needs. A kidney for her brother. Kaylee doesn't like the new website, but maybe she can get what she wants and help her brother. Is Kaylee willing to risk it? Find out by reading NEED. This book was a great read. Told from multiple perspectives, NEED will be one of your favourite mystery reads. I liked this book a lot, but I think that it was told from too many perspectives. The perspectives changed in each chapter and so I had to stop and think, who is this again? By the end of the book it did improve because a lot of these characters had passed away. NEED is a great book for anyone ages fourteen and older. Rating- 4/5 stars. -@readit12 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 22, 2017

It can be somewhat confusing following the entire story. The author decided to write from the viewpoint of several different characters. Overall it was good but the ending was definitely suspenseful.

Library_Jill Jul 12, 2017

"I Am the Messenger" meets "Runt" in this gripping thriller about an exclusive social media site that offers teens at a Wisconsin high school what they NEED in exchange for fulfilling a mission for the site. The story is told through the eyes of several of the students using the site, and their motivations are convincingly explored by the author as the situation escalates and the mystery begins to unfold. Those sensitive or violence (or a little bit of language) might want to approach this book with caution, but those interested in exploring the power of social media, teenage pressures, or the difference between a want and a need will find much to chew on here.

Jan 18, 2017

The premise behind this was utterly fascinating in the age of ever-present social media and online access, and I was immediately gripped by the story. I tore through the pages just so I could find out how far these kids would go to have their needs (read: wants) fulfilled. It grew very dark, very quickly. If someone is looking for a psychological thriller, this would definitely be a title I would consider recommending for that reader. Some of the plot points did seem a little sensational, occasionally far-fetched, and sometimes overly convoluted than it needed to be. But it did feel very real during other moments. I was less enamored with the ending and had correctly predicted the primary instigator behind it all. It feels like a standalone book, but I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel or series may be squeezed out of the concept. The set-up is gripping; I didn't want to put it down. However, the ending was less than impressive.

Mar 22, 2016

This book is a really good read. Before I even knew it, I was finished it; took me less than 24 hours to read it. Although some parts were a bit dry, and there were too many narrators (many of which were not fully developed characters, who just pop up every now and then), I really enjoyed the way each chapter ended with a suspenseful statement that made putting down the book impossible.

Nov 25, 2015

This was such a good book with the twist on social media. I figured out who was behind NEED before the book explained it all though. Leaves it open for a sequel and I kinda hope she does write one.

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