**Also published on Goodreads**
Mostly, I really enjoyed NEED. I’m not a huge fan of alternating POV narration, but this is surprisingly well done and after a few chapters you get used to it.
The story itself is about a social media website that promises to give you whatever it is you need–for a small price, of course. But that price is so small, so insignificant that you won’t even think about what it *really* means until it’s too late. Far too late.
Our story is centered around Kaylee, unreliable after a bout of lying to try and save her brother (he needs a kidney, this is definitely not a spoiler), and how she feels deserted by her entire town and her family. She quickly realizes that people are capable of terrible things, but that maybe she’s not as bad a person as everyone else assumes–or is it all circumstance?
The reason I enjoyed NEED was because I felt like it was an interesting (if maybe a bit unrealistic in the scope of it) look at the psychology of a town and an individual as well as anonymity and how the internet changes our behaviors. That being said, it was also an interesting story. You were invested in the characters, you wanted to figure out what was going on before they did and you were definitely rooting for Kaylee at the end.
Now, I thought maybe this was a bit over the top. I’m not sure something like this could really and truly happen, at least not to the extremes it went to by the end, but I can see the possibility of it on a small scale. I thought sometimes things got a little preachy – this is right, this is wrong, I should never have… – but that only showed up in a couple of internal moments. Mostly, you saw that things were wrong. You knew people were going to rationalize it. And it’s not that hard to see someone actually doing it.
The writing style was easy to read, gave us just enough to be horrified, surprised, lost, confused, etc. as necessary while still pushing the story along quickly. For the most part, I didn’t feel like it was dragging or anything, though about halfway through I thought we were farther along.
All in all, I think a lot of people aren’t going to enjoy this because they feel like it’s too “ridiculous” and feel like this would never *really* happen, but the story is good and if you can suspend your disbelief for a spell, it’s worth picking up.
Would recommend it.
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Approximate Length: 352 pages
I had a Kindle version.