Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Published November 8, 2015 by Kaitlin Michelle

20550148

Goodreads Summary:

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

My Thoughts:

Okay…This book sounded great.  I could even picture it being a horror movie. I was super excited that I got this book for free in exchange for a review….until I started reading it.  I wanted to like this book so badly.  The premise just sounds so intriguing.  A social networking site that will give you whatever you need, in exchange for a task.  It just didn’t come together the way I hoped.  There were so many points of view, that I had trouble keeping up with who was doing which task for what prize.  The main character annoyed me.  I didn’t find her believable at all.  I was unable to relate to anyone in this book.  The people who were running the NEED website were unrealistic, because of how out of control the tasks get.  I understand that the point of the book was supposed to shine light on cyber bullying, how much we share on social media, and how materialistic humans are (and how far they will go to get the things they want), but I don’t think the book worked out that way.  I only finished it because I met the author, and have heard such good things about her other work. 

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