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A Need So Beautiful | [Suzanne Young]

A Need So Beautiful

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2011 Suzanne Young (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Needed More"
    What would have made A Need So Beautiful better?

    She began the love story in the middle and gave no real situations showing why they are together. The best friend is ludicrous, we don't feel any connection between the main character and the step brother & sister. The doctor's role was a tad more defined.


    What could Suzanne Young have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book was a marginally satisfying read.


    What three words best describe Hannah Smith’s performance?

    Breathy, urgent, sufficient


    What character would you cut from A Need So Beautiful?

    The best friend is ridiculous. The author probably wanted her to seem quirky and charming, but she comes across as arrogant, void, and idiotic. I wonder why they are friends.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, not great, but filled the time. Was sympathetic to the main character's plight and the overall idea of an angel's transformation was interesting.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 06-27-13
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Need for a Different Narrator"

    I listened to this story based on my enjoyment of The Program. The storyline was interesting but I had trouble listening because I really disliked the narrator. Two of the characters have accents and the reader did a poor job with them which grated on my nerves. Not my favorite book, but it could have been so much better with a better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-24-12
    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    What made the experience of listening to A Need So Beautiful the most enjoyable?

    maybe the narration was good and the plot was simple yet so intense it drew me in


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Need So Beautiful?

    there in none unfortunately beacuse the love interest in the book didn't get to my heart LOL


    What does Hannah Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accent the Sarah the best friend uses when she is annoyed , she sounds like a really annoyed teenager


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    the book is good but it wasn't as enjoyable as other angels book .. but it's good and recommend that you read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
    NEATH, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "Angelic Writing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Neath, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "A Heartbreaker. Bring on the Sequel!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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