A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful

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by Suzanne Young

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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.


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?

Editorial Reviews

Carrie Ryan
“A beautiful, poignant, and gripping tale of love and sacrifice.”
Kimberly Derting
“A Need So Beautiful is equal parts haunting mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and epic love story. Charlotte’s story captured me-and still hasn’t let me go!”
Booklist (starred review)
A clever and well-written fantasy. Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression is a very human concern. Young offers an elegant solution that is well worth consideration.
VOYA - Allison Hunter Hill
Charlotte wants to be a normal teen, but she is not. Compelled by a mysterious force inside her to help strangers in need, Charlotte can understand a person's past and convince them to change their future with a single touch of her hand. Only then does the Need pass, and she is forgotten as if she never existed. As the Need begins to demonstrate itself more frequently, she struggles to keep her power a secret from her foster-mother, her best friend, and her increasingly concerned boyfriend. Charlotte has to make a choice between giving in to the Need and becoming a member of the mysterious race of beings called the Forgotten, or denying her power before everyone—including those she loves the most—forgets she ever existed. Despite her knack for supernatural good deeds, Charlotte evades the definition of "angel." Instead of embracing the fate that would end her life, she rebels against it and struggles between the choices of life and leaving, not wanting to be forgotten and wanting to leave something beautiful behind if she goes. Exactly what kind of being Charlotte is seems indefinable, creating at times a bumpy feeling to the story as both Charlotte and the reader struggle for answers. This is outweighed by a gripping narrative drive that takes hold in the second half, leading up to an ending that thrives in its complexity. A Need So Beautiful will be an appealing addition to any paranormal collection. Reviewer: Allison Hunter Hill
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Charlotte's life is unraveling more each day. Those she encounters seem to look past her, through her. Soon, she is told, she will even be erased from the memories of her family and friends. The teen learns that she is a Forgotten, a being who feels uncontrollable Needs to drop everything and save the lives of others, usually strangers. Once a Forgotten's destiny is complete, she combusts in a burst of golden light that is said to inspire love and hope worldwide. Charlotte is heartbroken and horrified. She desperately wants her life back, but the only person who knows what she is refuses to help. Time is running out. Then she meets dark and mysterious Onika, a Forgotten who somehow beat the system. She learns that by resisting the Need, she, too, can remain on Earth—but at a terrible price. Charlotte must make an important decision: Fulfill her destiny or resist and be consumed by darkness. Although the message of this exquisite fantasy is deeply and spiritually profound, the author manages to convey it without sounding preachy or pretentious. Charlotte is an exceptionally likable character who demonstrates an extraordinary amount of personal growth as she learns to accept her fate. The ending is beautiful, although bittersweet. A unique take on the age-old struggle of good vs. evil.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Yet another angel in human form reluctantly faces her uncertain destiny in a gripping supernatural romance.

High schooler Charlotte's life has been controlled by the Need: Periodically she experiences an irresistible compulsion to locate a particular person and provide some kind of emotional assistance, never understanding why. But now the episodes are happening every day, dominating her and impossible to explain away to her best friend, rich girl Sarah, and rock-steady boyfriend, Harlin. Onika, a sexy young woman who haunts her nightmares, may hold the key to what's happening to Charlotte. What she discovers about her future is painful and disturbing. She's a supernatural being, and when, way too soon, she's forced back to the light—akin to dying—no one will remember her. Her first-person narration captures the terror of dying young, which is here intensified by the prospect of the erasure of her existence once she's gone. Realistic dialogue and believable teen situations—opportunities to sneak out for sexual encounters, the ready availability of alcohol, the ugly outcome of Sarah's rejection of a predatory classmate—all serve to make the fantasy elements more believable. While characters are predictable and superficial, the inventive plot-driven narrative fully conveys Charlotte's desolation.

Charlotte's bleak tale provides an imaginative twist on the timeless battle between dark and light and, of course, sets up a potential sequel. (Supernatural romance. 12 & up)

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What People are Saying About This

Carrie Ryan
“A beautiful, poignant, and gripping tale of love and sacrifice.”
Kimberly Derting
“A Need So Beautiful is equal parts haunting mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and epic love story. Charlotte’s story captured me-and still hasn’t let me go!”

Meet the Author

Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she drafts novels on restaurant napkins while eating chimichangas. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts. She is also the author of A Need So Beautiful.

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A Need So Beautiful 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Prince_of_Fantasy More than 1 year ago
This gripping novel had me hooked from the beginning. Unique in many ways -- its inhuman creatures, relationships, and more -- A Need So Beautiful offers a new sense of hope for readers. Built with beautiful characters, a beautiful story, and utterly realistic, Young captures emotions within this book in a scary but gorgeous way. I like that the book starts out with Charlotte already having a boyfriend and an unlikely best friend. It's even more real that way. Bright and enticing, with a dark side and a twist -- keep your eyes on this author, and the sequel that's coming out next summer!
AndAnythingBookish More than 1 year ago
My mind is still trying to make sense of the ending. I keep rereading the last few pages, and all I can think is: Wow, did that really just happen? Has there been a more beautiful ending? This book takes me to places no book has ever taken me before. I rarely ever cry when I'm reading (Those If I Stay books? Yeah, I didn't get why people cried over them), but this book? It was as if everything bottled up inside of me came out. I got really emotional. I just closed the book up and I'm sniffling and all I can do now is tell you the reasons why you should read it. It's beautiful. Seriously. The way the author connects every single word in the book together is astounding. It's told from Charlotte's point of view, but your connection to every character reaches well beyond the pages. Every ounce of pain, laughter, and confusion they feel will become your own. Of course there's romance and friendship here, but the core of it all is something entirely phenomenal. At least, I think it is. Something mind-boggling. It really puts me in a drastic state of awe when a book is this life-changing. It certainly gave me a different outlook on a lot of things. Choices, mainly. The second I closed this book, something came over me and I went out and told my mother I loved her. (Of course, she thought I was crazy, what with the tears and all...) I'm still trying to think everything through coherently so I'm a little fuzzy on a lot of details. Charlotte might be a Forgetten, but I will always remember her. I will always remember this story. The one thing I know for sure though is this book? You NEED it.
ElegantlyBoundReviews More than 1 year ago
This book truly shocked me! For a long time I resisted reading A Need So Beautiful because the synopsis really didn't interest me. I finally caved in when I received an unsolicited ARC of A Want So Wicked. I borrowed A Need So Beautiful from my good blogger friend Nicole @ The Reader's Antidote who was kind enough to lend me her copy! As I said before, I was truly shocked! I was immediately sucked into the story and genuinely intrigued by Charlotte's story! She doesn't have any memories from before she was found in the hospital when she was six years old and has always has a need to help people. She can't run away from this need and finds herself in immense pain if she tries. Charlotte discovers her destiny and it's nothing she could have ever imagined! Of course, Harlen is like one of my favorite guy characters ever! When everyone else around her is forgetting her, he absolutely refuses to forget her! Their relationship is so cute and they are so completely in love with each other! Charlotte is also a great character! She really is pure of heart and realizes that as much as she wants to fight her destiny, she know what the right thing is! My only complaint about Charlotte is that she's kind of the typical heroine. She doesn't want to have a destiny, she doesn't want to be special and she just wants to live a normal life. I feel like most heroines within the young adult genre have those exact same feelings. They always fight their destinies before they realize that they really don't have any other choice. A Need so Beautiful really is a great book! Suzanne Young's writing is stunning and incredibly beautiful! I give it 4 hearts for it being a very unique story! And that ending was pretty killer!!
mommy2four More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter. It was a fast and interesting read. A sweet story about love and helping others.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Another book I decided to get off my tbr pile and was not disappointed. Once I stepped into this world, I was taken back by the great world building and amazing characters! One thing I enjoyed about the book is the world building. I really liked how the reader is able to easily step into the world of Charlotte. The descriptions of the world, the rules of The Forgotten is amazing. I really loved the feel of the plot expanding with more rules and more minor characters becoming more important that I thought. The characters of the book were amazing. The growth of each character with each new chapter pleased me. I really loved watching them make choices not for them but for others. The sacrifices that these characters make is admirable. The love interest of this book did take some unexpected turns that I did not see. I am happy that the relationship is much more than just a regular friendship but it's something more. Their love is fresh yet intoxicating. Whenever the reader falls into the relationship, you want to do nothing but stay in the happiness of it. A Need So Beautiful is an well constructed beautiful story. The suspense and thrilling scenes, it plays well to captivate the reader right away. An engaging story from the first page, A Need So Beautiful is a rich portrait of a young woman coming into her destiny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a writer, nor do i review books for a living so pardon my lack of flair! A friend lent me this book. Not my normal read. I said id give it a try because it was a local writer but i honestly didnt expect much- its a kids book afterall. BOY WAS I SURPRISED! Really a fantastic story with great characters, a bit if drama, strange twists anda touch of romance. It really has it all. I enjoyed it so much i read it in one night and was sad when i was done. Im excited to read more from this author!
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Erlessard More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on a whim and it was the best spontaneous buy all summer. I honestly can’t stand books that have a guaranteed happy ending and midway through A Need so Beautiful, there were two plausible endings to the book and both were bittersweet. Instead of the typical instant-love-triangle mess of many YA novels, the heroine starts out already involved in the boy of her dreams. Charlotte’s problems with her boyfriend arise because of her “Need” to do good things for other people. As these compulsions become more frequent, she finds it harder to hide it from other people. I really connected to Charlotte. Although she liked doing good things for others, she really wanted to have a chance to live her own life. As the book progresses, Charlotte discovers that she may end up with no life at all. I can’t say that the characters were unique, as Charlotte’s best friend, Sarah, is a shopaholic who only wants to be loved by her father. Charlotte’s boyfriend, Harlin, is pretty tame and quiet, since he’s still getting over the murder of his father a few years ago. I can’t say that I’m a fangirl, but I can see where his sensitive nature can be attractive. As for the ending, apparently a chapter was added at the very end to transform this stand alone book into a series. I like the book better without the epilogue, but I also enjoyed reading the second book…so whatever. It wasn’t a cliff-hanger (well, maybe it was a “bridge-hanger”…you’ll understand after reading) so I’m satisfied. If you love YA fantasy with a melodramatic twist, this is an awesome book to check out. The concept of angels “Forgotten” are unique and the book will keep you engaged until the last word.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
I know, another angel-themed book? Honestly I would not have considered, but Suzanne Young made me snort milk through my nose with her Naughty List series, so I thought I’d give A Need So Beautiful a shot. The tension between Charlotte and Harlin was tighter than tight, but overall the story did not have a similar effect for me. I wish the characters had more memorable presence, but they seemed to drift in for a little while and then out again. While Charlotte found some answers about her strange Need, there is so much more left unsaid for the reader. I will warn you that the story ends with a cliffhanger (think mercy), and if I were you I would wait until the next book comes out before picking this book up! I am hoping that A Want So Wicked will bring more answers, and I am looking forward to seeing how Harlin turns out in Book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read the back of the book, i was kind of skeptical if it would be any good or not. But this book was AMAZING!! The whole idea for the book was a umique one and the story left me on the edge of my seat. Right after i finished it, i went online to see when A Want So Wicked comes out. Sadly i'm gonna have to wait a while...
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VysBlog More than 1 year ago
A Need So Beautiful was just well, beautiful. The writing had an easy flow that I finished it in one sitting. *CAUTION* Do not read while you're in the sun without sunscreen! This is a lesson learned. This was different from my most recent paranormal read. There was this very light touch to a darker feel of the book. The concept of the Forgotten had to be my favorite part. They are those who do random good deeds that change peoples lives. After each time they lose a piece of their skin leaving a beautiful gold patch underneath. The whole story had this touch of lightness to it that made it very easy to read. I've admitted this before that I'm a swooner. I LOVE the character Harlin. He's not just some guy, but someone who cares deeply about Charlotte. They understand each other and work through everything like a strong relation and not some high school relationship. Charlotte and Harlin go through so much that I'm just waiting for one of them to open up. They respect each other's problems and are just one of the most perfect couples. Charlotte was written in a way that I became emotionally attached to her. She's this strong heroine that you'll just have to love. Following Charlotte through this struggle to stay with Harlin was quite a plot. The ending just killed me and now I'm not even sure where it will go. Now I'm waiting "patiently" for A Want So Wicked, which will be the sequel. Go get this book because it's super original. Also get this book because the cover is gorgeous!
patricia ellis More than 1 year ago
Very good book, i am still thinking about well..... everthing. Need to read the next book... can hardly wait :)
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Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about love and sacrifice, and what it truly means to be selfless. It is interesting that this young girl has been experiencing this gift for most of her life, but she has no idea what her talent truly is. The story start with her as a young adult, and this happens to be the point in her life when "the Need" is beginning to increase. With every occasion it seems that Charlotte's web of lies is growing deeper and deeper for her to cover of this seemingly horrible truth.While for the world she may be a savior; this young girl is giving up everything she loves to continue bringing light to the world. It is a very heartfelt story that will pull at readers heartstrings and sympathy. There is almost a spiritual feel throughout this story; especially with the consistent battle Good vs Evil readers will question their own character. Young wraps up the story with a very intense and emotional ending. Although, lacking the huge show down I anticipated I believe that this author took a more personal ending that fits the story nicely. The last paragraph of the book is what I would describe a short epilogue, and it carries promise for a sequel to come. A Need so Beautiful is a very easy and effortless read that will have readers question their own character. This story is well worth the time spent reading it.
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Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL is mesmerizing beyond words. Young captivated me page by page during Charlotte's beautiful journey of love and sacrifice. The whole concept behind the Need that consumes Charlotte's life is quite literally breathtaking. I loved the premise - it's different and not what I'm used to in regards to books dealing with angelic beings. In short, it's refreshing! One of the things that I loved about this book was Charlotte's and Harlin's relationship. Finally, I have a couple who already has an established relationship. I didn't have to worry about if the relationship was rushed or unbelievable. Charlotte and her beau are perfect for each other. I loved their interactions with each other and I sympathized for these characters. They felt so authentic, which is why I couldn't get enough of their story. The Need that encompasses Charlotte's life is quite fascinating. I never knew what to expect when she was compelled by the Need. Every person's life that Charlotte touched was one mystery right behind another. I was drawn to find out what would happen next when the Need arose. With a story like Charlotte's - one where the character is faced with hard decisions that will ultimately change your life forever, I always find myself wondering how the characters will fare in the end. After turning the last page, I can't begin to tell you how excited I am at how things unfolded. A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL is another refreshing page turner. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, by Suzanne Young, is a brilliant story of a girl whose past is a mystery and her once normal idea of a future is anything but. Young created a fascinating story about understanding faith and fate. Young throws the reader right into Charlotte's life and her increasingly insistent pull toward the Need. At any moment an overwhelming urge to go to someone takes over her body and fighting it makes the painful symptoms worse. I, along with Charlotte, was kept in the dark for some time about the reason for the Need. The feelings came more frequently, causing Charlotte to lie to her friends and family more often about what was going on in her life. I loved Charlotte's friends and family. Young created dynamic and interesting characters that it made me extremely sad when they started to forget her like her Seer said they would. Charlotte and her best friend, Sarah, were an unlikley pair in coming from different socital classes, but their friendship went deeper than that. Overall, fantastic and unique book that will keep you glued to the pages until the very end!