» A Need So Beautiful, Suzanne Young
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-06-21
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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?
~ POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD ~
Well, I’m going to take awhile to get this review out I think. I’m a little torn about it. It’s such a sad novel. I’m a little devastated by the whole thing actually but it’s an absolutely gorgeous story nonetheless.
I started reading this yesterday morning and finished before I went to sleep last night. The writing is so phenomenal that it captured me right from the very first sentence and I just could not put the book down. I can’t even remember yesterday (no pun intended) except the book, which is a little scary because I worked yesterday.
Young immediately got my attention and built up her characters during all the action and it was absolutely brilliant! She got right into the story within the very first chapter and also made me fall in love with three characters in the same chapter! Now that’s damn good writing!
Charlotte is a fantastic strong and caring character and OMG I love Harlin! What an adorable guy! Her foster family is so loveable and her best friend, Sarah is a little snobbish and nasty and fiesty but also very loveable as well.
Kristi from The Storey Siren said it was EPIC and now I know exactly what she meant by that. It’s the perfect discription. It truly was an epic novel.
So, I know I said I was a little torn in the beginning but I’m certainly not torn about giving this book a 5 bear paw rating because it truly deserves every single paw but I’m torn because the book didn’t leave me hopeful even though I know it should have.
I think the ending was great and I don’t think it could have been done any better but yet, right or wrong, I’m SAD! I should be left feeling good and I’m not, I’m terribly sad and it just makes me sick how… View Spoiler »…. how Harlin must feel because he won’t forget her, like everyone else will and he’s going to have a lot of guilt because of his break-up with her. I mean you and I know that he really didn’t want to but my guess is that he figured it would get her to reveal the truth. Yes, he got to see her before she left and they told each other how much they loved each other and she was able to reveal the truth through her touch and he now understands but still, he’ll feel guilt that they didn’t use that time to be together one last time or have one last kiss. She didn’t even get a last kiss because she couldn’t jump down off the bridge to kiss him or she wouldn’t have crossed over. I’m also sad that she has to watch her family and friends forget her but the good news about that is that it’s not hurtful for them because they don’t remember and now apparently neither does Charlotte…. which brings me back to Harlin. Harlin will remember and grieve for Charlotte and now she doesn’t remember who she is, so I’m sure she doesn’t remember him either. « Hide Spoiler
I just truly hope that it all comes together in book 2, which up until about a very exciting 1/2 hour ago I didn’t know there was one. It’s excrutiating having to wait, however, now that I know there actually WILL BE A BOOK #2… I’m a lot less sad and thrilled to freakin’ pieces! YAY!!!