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Need by Joelle Charbonneau




“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”
Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.


My Review:

I devoured Need, which is a horror/mystery/thriller, in one day because I had to find out who was behind an organization called Need (which the author did a fabulous job of hiding). Need is a social networking site exclusively for students at Nottawa High School. After accepting the terms and conditions (that no one reads) the site asks “what do you need?” Most students don’t have needs, which is something “essential or very important.” Most students have “wants” which is simply a “desire for something.” For example, the majority of students ask for things like new cell phones, sporting equipment, and concert tickets.  Kaylee Dunham is the exception because she truly has a need, or rather her brother does. Kaylee’s brother needs a new kidney in order to stay alive. After students submit their need, the site requires that they complete a task. For most students the first task is relatively harmless; all they have to do is recruit more students to the site. But as students become greedier and their needs increase, the tasks become more complicated and sinister. Most students complete the tasks (which include posting confidential information on the site, incriminating photographs, etc) without thinking much about the consequences. As a middle school librarian, and former counselor, I know first hand the negative consequences that often occur from social media. Need is an intriguing, thought provoking novel which I highly recommend!


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One Comment

  1. For some reason, Danny is doing all the “liking” today. I’ll try to wrest control of the computer from him a little later.

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