27 April 2012

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

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.

What started as an enticing story with a bold, refreshing character, turned into a run-of-the-mill fight for patience.  The main character, Charlotte, held a lot of potential in the opening chapters, but that devolved through the progression of the book.  The writing, however, was the ultimate downfall.  A great idea, poorly executed.

Charlotte in the opening chapters was interesting, or at least had the potential to be interesting.  As the story progressed, though, I thought her childish and annoying and not exactly the brightest bulb in the pack.  What had been hilarious and clever wit in the beginning became dull.  The sub-characters, like Harlin and Claire, were underdeveloped, so did little to help.

I liked her relationship with her boyfriend, Harlin, mostly for its unique niche amongst other young adult paranormal romances.  The main character started her story with a boyfriend already instead of finding love along the way.  It provided a bold backdrop for the story's theme.

The theme was good.  It was a unique idea, just not executed very well.  The fear and horror of being obliterated from the lives of the people you care about most came through loud and clear.  Also, the subtle  idea of the Forgotten being like angels walking among us was a nice touch.  I liked it.

The writing was what killed me the most.  There was way too much telling and not enough showing, which is probably why the book is as short as it is.  I had a vague sense of the world she lived in, like I was looking at an abstract painting.  Information was provided only when it was necessary.  Everything was too superficial, not personal enough.

Overall, it fell flat for me.  I've had it on my shelf forever, but now I'm letting it go.

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 267
  • published - June 2011
  • publisher - Balzar + Bray
  • genre - paranormal romance
  • received via - Borders
  • rating - 3/5
  • series - A Need So Beautiful
    • A Need So Beautiful
    • A Want So Wicked