Guest Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Posted 27 February, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 14 Comments

Today I have Kelly of Reading the Paranormal fame doing a guest review for me! She has graciously offered to do a few guest reviews so that I don’t fall behind on my reviews while I am teaching. Kelly is the best!

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:  Oh, Suzanne Young, you made me CRY! I was all weepy and discombobulated and it was FANTASTIC! Since I’m historically not a crier (<–this is a bit of a lie. Once upon a time I didn’t cry over anything. Then I read some really good books and I found out I wasn’t robot I always thought I was. It was such an exciting moment!), whenever I come across a book that punches me in the gut hard enough to make me a teary-eyed mess I feel like I have to share it with the world. So… WORLD, THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!

What drove me into this state of dampness? you ask. The idea of being forgotten. Having your entire existence wiped from the minds and hearts of those you love. Having your mother, your best friend, the love of your life forget who you are. Having all the special moments that have defined you and made you into the person you are now wiped away. For me, this is downright horrifying and heartbreaking. Charlotte’s desperate need to find a way to cling to the people around her was the clincher.

That said, the entire world Suzanne Young has created here is captivating. Charlotte’s Need is ruining her relationship with her boyfriend (she has a tendency to disappear without warning when the Need comes upon her), her best friend is manipulative and a bit shallow (if she was my best friend I would have gone stark raving mad at the way she steamrolled over me), and there are so many things Charlotte doesn’t know about herself that she doesn’t know who to trust.

Beautifully written with one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a good long while, I couldn’t get enough of it. And in case you missed it earlier… THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!

Amazon: Hardcover | Kindle

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14 Responses to “Guest Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young”

  1. Sounds wonderful! I like a good tearful book from time to time. I will have to check this one out. Great review!

  2. I am the same way. My family gasp and look at me in awe, if they see a tear roll down my cheek. A personality test once said if I was a movie, I would be The Godfather. If I was a world leader, I would be Saddam Hussein. *harsh* But a book can make me ball like a baby.

    I’ve heard great things about this book…with your teary recommendation I’ll put it in my wish list.

    • I’m glad my tears have swayed you!

      I’ve always figured that if I was a movie I’d be The Terminator. Then I could say cool things like “Why do your eyes leak?” and everyone would look at me and laugh at my bad Austrian accent. o.O

  3. The description reminds me a bit of Unearthly, but that was light and frothy and I loved it. I don’t think I could read a book that makes me cry. I don’t like them. They, um, make me cry. Also, the idea of being entirely forgotten is too terrifying to contemplate. I do love the cover, though.

  4. “(<–this is a bit of a lie. Once upon a time I didn’t cry over anything. Then I read some really good books and I found out I wasn’t robot I always thought I was. It was such an exciting moment!)" <–I didn't write this review right?! Because that is SO me! I never cry unless I'm reading books! I loved this book as well!

    • I’m pretty sure you didn’t write this review. Unless you stole my brain for a bit. Did you did that, Jacinda? DID YOU?

      I can say that I wasn’t a crier up until recently. Not until the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I think. I’m the one who sits there during movies and is all “Geez! DIE ALREADY! Stop dragging things out!” while all my friends are weeping around me.