Need by Joelle Charbonneau

20550148 Need by Joelle Charbonneau

**This review is based on ARC from Netgalley, release date 11/3/15.

Kaylee is a high school student at Nottawa High School and is invited to the social networking site, NEED, which grants “needs” to its members by asking them to fulfill a task. Kaylee’s brother is in need of a kidney transplant and she has exhausted all possibilities that she knows of to help him, and had made herself an outcast in the process.  She is just one of many character’s in this book and the story is told from multiple viewpoints. As students are becoming members of NEED, they notice that they are only allowed to invite other students from Nottawa High School and nowhere else.  As the membership grows, the tasks they have to perform to fulfill their wishes get increasingly dangerous and harmful to others, even resulting in deaths. Will Kaylee and the others figure out who is behind NEED in time and will they be able to save anymore of their peers from dying? Also, what has to happen for Kaylee’s wish for a kidney donor for her brother to come true?

I still have not read The Testing series by the same author, though it has been on TBR list for quite some time.  I may need to move it up some now, because I can see that it might be intriguing. The idea behind this book was really good and I can see my high school students enjoying it, but I think it could’ve been a little less confusing…maybe fewer characters to follow. I guess most of the characters were essential to the story in some way, but you went so long without reading about a few of them between their parts of the story that you forgot what happened with them in the first place. I still found myself staying up late to finish this though, and I will recommend it to students when it comes into the library.

My rating: 4/5

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