Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.


1.5 out of 5

1.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

Whoa, this might be the lowest rating I’ve given to a book that I’ve reviewed on my blog.  Clearly, I was not even remotely impressed with Need by Carrie Jones.  I picked it up because I was looking for something on the lighter side, but I wanted a little paranormal, too.  My library didn’t have it, and I didn’t feel like waiting around for it come in on hold, so I bought it from Amazon as an ebook.  Ugh!  What a waste of money.

I found the whole book majorly eye-roll inducing.  The main character, Zara, was ridiculously annoying.  Zara moves to Maine from Charleston, SC, to live with her stepfather’s mother.  Zara’s stepfather passed away, and Zara has been extremely depressed.  So her mother thought it would do Zara some good to have a change of scenery.  So, obviously, it’s a heck of a lot colder in Maine than it is in Charleston.  But even if you never thought about the differences in weather, Zara will make sure you know.  She’s doesn’t shut up about how cold it is in Maine.  And okay, maybe since I’m not from the South, and I am used to the cold, I can’t relate as well, but man, I got sick of Zara’s whining.  Yes, it’s cold in Maine in October.  Surprise, surprise!

Oh, and speaking of the weather.  So, it’s mid-October during this story.  And it’s practically always snowing.  And I’m pretty sure that isn’t what the weather is like in Maine.  I’m from Syracuse, NY, one of the snowiest (if not the snowiest) metropolitan area in the U.S.  We get over 100 inches of snow every winter.  And we don’t start getting that kind of snow that’s talked about in Need until at least December, but usually January.  I mean, sure flurries can happen in October, but that kind of accumulating snow that Zara is always complaining about – I don’t think so.  I even asked my coworker who’s lived in Maine, and spends time in Maine multiple times a year (including during the winter) and she said it doesn’t get accumulating snow until later in the year.  It just felt ridiculous, all the snow.

Okay, back to Zara.  She seriously acts like a moron.  So there’s this one time when she decides to go running in the country where no one is around, even when she knows some creepy guy is stalking her.  She actually acknowledges that this creepy guy is after her, and that she knows he’s out there watching, and then she decides to go running.  And she continues to make stupid decisions throughout the whole story.

Continuing with Zara’s stupidity, when she finally learns Nick’s secret (which we readers could see a mile away!), Zara is so obtuse about it.  I mean, it’s so obvious what happened, and Zara doesn’t realize it.  Ugh!  She’s so obnoxious.

Anyway, I will stop the snarkiness about Zara (although I could go on and on).  The only redeeming qualities were some of the supporting characters.  I enjoyed the relationship between Issie and Devyn.  And Grandma Betty was entertaining, even if she did hold back information too long.  However, how Issie and Devyn jumped to the conclusion about what Zara’s stalker was, I don’t know.  I mean, talk about a big leap!

Anyway, as you can tell, I really didn’t like book.  I can’t really say I recommend it, but if you decide you want to give it a try, I’d get it from the library.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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1 Response to Review: Need by Carrie Jones

  1. Yes, this book wasn’t such a success for me either. It was nothing special. The whole story is in a format I’ve seen so many times before and I agree, Zara was such an annoying character.


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