A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young – REVIEW

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
HarperCollins, 267 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Recommended for: fans of Paranormal Romance

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 is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who 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.

A Need So Beautiful is the story of Charlotte, a seemingly normal 17 year old girl, who has these “needs” to help people that she doesn’t know. And while it helps the person, it is physically killing her at the same time. This is the story of how she changes people’s lives and how she tries to figure out how to try and stop from fading away.

I’m so torn on this book. Anna from Literary Exploration always harps on me for listening to audiobooks and for once, I wish that I had read this book instead of listening to it on audio. I really really liked the concept of the book – it was really unique. I always thought that angels would want to help people and the repercussions of NOT helping them..well I never really put much thought into it. But because I listened to this on audiobook, I found myself thoroughly annoyed at the characters. Charlotte, Harlin, and especially Sarah were SO whiny. I realize that they’re 16-17 years old and that means that they are selfish, spoiled, self-centered, whiny, annoying, immature..but the narrator did TOO good of a job at this part and it made me dislike almost all of the characters. The only character I really liked was Monroe!

I would recommend that fans of Paranormal Romance or people who have an affinity for books with angels in them but definitely pick up the book and not the audio!

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