A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful

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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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 267 pages
  • 142.24 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062008242
  • 9780062008244
  • 277,639

Review quote

"A Need So Beautiful is equal parts haunting mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and epic love story. Charlotte's story captured me-and still hasn't let me go!"--Kimberly Derting, author of THE BODY FINDER
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5,170 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,506)
4 30% (1,568)
3 27% (1,382)
2 9% (475)
1 5% (239)

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I know, another angel-themed book? Honestly I would not have considered, but Suzanne Young made me snort milk through my nose with her Naughty List series, so I thought I'd give A Need So Beautiful a shot. The tension between Charlotte and Harlin was tighter than tight, but overall the story did not have a similar effect for me. I wish the characters had more memorable presence, but they seemed to drift in for a little while and then out again. While Charlotte found some answers about her strange Need, there is so much more left unsaid for the reader. I will warn you that the story ends with a cliffhanger (think mercy), and if I were you I would wait until the next book comes out before picking this book up! I am hoping that A Want So Wicked will bring more answers, and I am looking forward to seeing how Harlin turns out in Book 2.show more
by theEPICrat
A Need So Beautiful was really interesting and very unique. I've never heard of something like it before, which is awesome! I HATE reading the same thing over and over again. The thought of someone being put on earth for a short period of time, without knowing it, and having the need to help people is beautiful. I like how Suzanne threw in the idea of it in the first chapter. Showing the need take ahold of Charlotte without Charlotte really knowing why she has that need. You get to learn why she has the need to help people right along with her. Charlotte was a good protagonist. She was unique and really nice. She wanted to help people, but you could see she had trouble with the fact she would have to say goodbye to everyone she loves after she's done her duty on earth. This book brought out a lot of emotions and I admit, it made me cry near the end. And omg, Harlin. What can I say about him? Other than he is HOT. Harlin was a great boyfriend and I can really say that I didn't see that coming in the end. Though sometimes I did suspect, but I didn't really think anything would come out of it. Which I'm not going to say because it will ruin some of it! Sorry! All I can say is you should definitely read it. I will definitely be picking up some more of Suzanne's novels soon. And I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel!show more
by Amanda
I was bored to death of angels. So much so that I've been deliberately avoiding any titles pertaining to them. However, I was drawn to A Need So Beautiful despite the blurb I'm glad that I was! I really enjoyed this audiobook. Charlotte was a great character who I both loved and hated at times. I loved her strength and her commitment to her friends. I loved how hard she fought against a fate that was beyond her control. I loved her humour and her narrative voice. I disliked the fact that she never just confided in her (rather drool-worthy) boyfriend, Harlin. You know when you watch a horror movie and the main character keeps making daft decisions and you sit on the edge of the couch, yelling, "Just go to the bloody police!"? This book was like that, except I was muttering "Just TELL him!" instead. Now. Let us take a moment to consider Harlin properly: Cover him in chocolate sauce and let's not worry about using a spoon. That is all. Charlotte's best friend, Sarah, was another matter. She played the role of the spoilt-little-rich-girl who kept trying to make daddy love her by acting like a complete and utter bint. I admired the fact that Charlotte stood by her best friend, despite her many, many flaws, but I got really annoyed that she put up with so much selfish crap from her. [Teeny Spoiler: At one point, Charlotte gets hit by a car and takes a deserved day of school. Sarah is annoyed at her for not being there for her as she's paying the price for giving a school loud-mouth oral! Sarah makes a lot of stupid boy-shaped mistakes that I simply could not respect or sympathise with.] This book is a bit of a heartbreaker; I actually cried at the end! You will follow the story wishing and hoping and praying that Charlotte's inevitable fate is somehow not as inevitable as it seems. Even though the audiobook was less than eight hours long, I really felt for Charlotte. Suzanne Young's writing creates empathy and really drags you in to the conflicts of her narrative. It took me a while to get used to the narrator of the audiobook, Hannah Smith. There was a bit to much upward-inflection going on for my liking? You know? When every sentence ends on a high note? As if everything is a question? See? Annoying isn't it? However, I got used to it and it didn't detract from my liking of the story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. There was a bit of a cliffy at the end, which would usually annoy me or make me think an author had copped out. However, in this case, I was thrilled! A cliffy means a sequel and A Want So Wicked will be coming out next summer. Woop!show more
by Laura Williams
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