Book Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

We are THRILLED to be hosting the official blog tour for Suzanne Young’s new novel, A Need So Beautiful, which hits stores June 21st. Be sure to check all of the stops on the blog tour this month — then swing by Suzanne’s blog on the release day for some exciting goodies!

In a world where stories of the supernatural and paranormal are crowding book store shelves, it’s always remarkable when one stands out from the crowd.

This summer, A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young is that stand-out book. It’s one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in fiction (not just YA, but ANY fiction) in a very long time.

A Need So Beautiful tells the story of 17-year-old Charlotte, who finds the people in her life are slowly forgetting her. Her best friend thinks Charlotte’s psychic, and her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But the truth is, Charlotte is one of the Forgotten — a special type of “angel” who feels the Need to help people on earth. But each time Charlotte gives into the Need, a little bit more of her disappears — and soon, it will be as if she never existed. But Charlotte doesn’t want to disappear. She wants to stay and help her best friend, whose life is unraveling. She wants to keep up the comfortable banter of her adopted family. And more than anything, she wants to stay with her boyfriend, Harlin. So Charlotte must choose: to give in to the Need and disappear forever, or fight the urge and risk an even greater consequence.

This book is incredibly brilliant and mind-blowing in so many ways. The story itself is so powerful, beautiful and unique it will linger with you long after finishing the last page. It’s the type of story that wraps itself around you and makes your insides melt and go all gooey.

And Suzanne’s characters will stick with you, too. They’re the type of characters you can recognize as people you might know in your real life. They are each so incredibly vibrant and extraordinary — Charlotte, Harlin, Sarah, Monroe, Alex and all the rest. As a reader, you just want to surround yourself amongst these people Suzanne has created.

A Need So Beautiful is the type of book that you’ll race to finish, then linger over, spending days haunted by this beautiful, unique, heartbreaking tale. The story is unique and original in a way I didn’t think was possible in fiction today; it will surprise you at every turn and keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last sentence.

I am beyond thrilled that Suzanne agreed to write a sequel (which was not her original intent). I eagerly anticipate the day when I can once again immerse myself in Suzanne’s world and surround myself with these characters.

A Need So Beautiful is in stores June 21st. Do yourself a favor: buy it & read it.

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