Charbonneau, Joelle Need, 334 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2015. $18. Language: R (55 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (kidnapping, killing dogs, shots, knives)
What would you do for those things you are sure that you need? A secret website aimed at the students of Nottawa high school asks you what you need and then tells you what to do in order to earn it. Kaylee Dunham needs a new kidney for her little brother and NEED hasn’t asked her to do anything yet. But something seems off to her. When a popular girl at her school dies from a peanut allergy, Kaylee is instantly alert, but no one seems to be listening to her. When she takes her suspicions to the police, NEED retaliates. Then there are more deaths. Who or what is behind NEED? What is their end game? How many more will have to die in order to fulfill NEED’s need?
NEED is pretty seductive. Who wouldn’t love a magic website that gives you something seeming innocuous to do in order to earn something you want? Fans of creepy stories will certainly enjoy this.
HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher