by Jeanne Ryan
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Nerve 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Beesha More than 1 year ago
NERVE was awesome. Both the book and the game. At first I really wanted to play! Sounds like so much fun! I'm a bit of a dare devil. Vee feels constantly upstaged by her beautiful best friend who stars in the school play. When her crush mentions that little Vee would never do something like a dare to enter into NERVE, Vee decides to go for it. A simple dare that I would honestly do for like five bucks. lol Her friend Tommy records it and Vee is a bit shy but goes through with it. After it going a bit disastrous she has hundreds of comments on her video and is invited to continue to play. People will do anything for money and I fully admit I mean me as well! The prizes dangled in front of Vee to continue were just too good to quit. I know I wouldn't have. NERVE knew exactly what to dangle in front of you to get you to play along. Not to mention she is paired up with a hot partner. And it really was some funny dares at first like asking for condoms from a purity promises group or singing in public. With shows like Fear Factor we know people go to extremes for money and fame. Vee enjoyed the ride until things got more and more personal. I will gladly make a fool of myself in front of strangers but pulling family and friends into a dare would be more difficult. The adrenalin continued to carry Vee. She just kept thinking just one more but then a new prize was offered and it was hard to know when to stop. Vee loved spending time with her partner, Ian, and they seemed to help each other out but I wondered if it was all part of the dare. Vee seemed to trust him too easily. I didn't feel like I got to know him enough. The book was more about the action plot than the characters or romance. As the game continued some of the dares seemed really dangerous but I was thinking this is a TV show right? And it is all set up? Or is it not? You would think there are rules how far a show could go with minors? But it starts to feel like a psychology experiment gone wrong. A group of kids all thrown together forcing each other to continue on with dangerous dares. No one can quit or they all lose. It leads to peer pressure and makes people do things they wouldn't normally do. So was it all a game or something more sinister?! It was a fun, exciting, ride that held my attention. I felt nervous, pumped, and greedy right alongside Vee!
What_She_Read More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿Instantly we get a connection with Vee. We also get the feeling of being backstage (ironically). Her personality and her connection to the other characters leaves her out a bit, which then brings us closer to her and her character. Speaking of her friends, is it just me, or do you all not like Syd? She seems like the stuck up one (as well as acts like it too) and not Vee, like what everyone calls her already. In this case opposites attract or Vee is just friends with Syd so that Syd stadns out and get more attention, especially from standing next to and being friends with plain old Vee. We don't realise how much of a friend Syd actually is until the end. Throughout the book we feel she is all about herself. Especially from the way Vee talks about Syd, is more like an obsession. Espcially from some of the things she does as well as how much Vee takes care of Syd. We learn so much more about Vee throughout the novel. About who she actually is while in the games. We see the true side of her that the games brings out, we see the will and determination she has as well as the strength to stand up for what's right. These qualities are hidden at the start of the novel, through the book we realise that she is more than what she is believed to be, not just the shy girl hidden in the back behind everyone elses shadow. She thinks about both sides of the dare and the consequences to both sides before she acts, unlike the other players who believe that there will be no side effect on anyone else because it is 'just a dare'. Yet does everyone know that it is just a dare? Tommy is someone who completely surprises us. The end makes us think about the kind of friend he actually is. Ian still ends as a mystery, we finish the novel still not knowing too much about him. Pssshhtt, boys. Seriously? In the end, we look back and realise that we too are Watchers. Even though we start dispising them throughout the novel, we really end up being just like them, hanging onto every word, their every movement. We are the ones with the front seat to Vee and Ian's dares. Both the prologue and ending leaves us craving more. We don't find out what happens after the prologue, even after we've finished the novel. But from the ending we might be able to guess because of the final dare.
shyd More than 1 year ago
I have to say the author knows how to start off a book. She had me hooked from the first few pages. I couldn't put this book down it was just that good. We start this book by meeting Vee who is just your average teen until she decides to become a player in Nerve. Nerve is like nothing out there in that you have to do all these crazy dares to move on in the game and win big prizes. I liked the character of Vee. She was just your average teen who was tired of being a wall flower. She decides she is going to do one little test just to finally be doing something out of the norm. It is funny how that one thing will change everything for her. Vee gets her friend Tommy to videotape her performing the first dare and she is caught up in the game from there. I liked that Vee wanted to do something different to break out of her shell and what better way to do it than with having others watch you do it. Vee's first stunt goes well and she is given another one to do. This is where she meets Ian and I feel in love. Ian was just the type of guy that Vee needed. He had that bad boy image but he also had a soft side and he was slightly vulnerable also. He had his own demons he was dealing with and oh did I mention how hot he was. I loved that Vee and him got paired together for more challenges. The time they spent together was pure magic. They just gelled so well with each other. The challenges become more dangerous as they go on and Vee starts to question what she got herself into. i have to say that as things got worse I liked how Vee's best friends Syndey stepped up. I didn't care for her at first but they way she defends Vee made me like her mom. She was so fiercely protective of her it was so cute to see. Vee has to decide just how many risks she is willing to take and how far she is willing to go to have all the things she has wanted in life. The author really wrote a great book and I love books that make readers think about what they would do. I found myself so torn between if I would have been able to stop playing the game or if I would have stuck it out for all the amazing once in a lifetime prizes that Vee had coming her way. Overall this book has something for everyone from the romance, friendships, and nonstop action. This book was so fast paced that I was shocked when I finished it so quickly. It sucked me in from beginning to end and I didn't want to put it down. The author wrote great characters that were well developed and a great concept that had me hooked. I loved everything about this book and truly enjoyed every minute of it. I was so sad when it ended but love the way she kept us wanting more. I highly recommend this book to others. I received this book as a review copy for my honest review. It in no way influenced my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitelydifferent then the movie. But they are both really good in different ways
Rachel_Robinson More than 1 year ago
Vee has always been a good girl, outshone by her best friend, so when she is offered to become a player on an online dare game called nerve, she thinks this could be her chance to prove all the people who called her “too nice” wrong. Plus, the tempting rewards that this game has to offer are too good to pass up. The dares start out innocent, but as Vee gets more popular on the game, her dares get very extreme, dangerous, and sometimes even life threatening. Not to mention, while playing the game, Vee meets a hot mystery man who seems to know a little too much about this twisted game. I absolutely loved the extremity and suspense of this novel. The book constantly keeps you guessing whether nerve is an innocent game, or a fatal mission. I also loved the approachable qualities of the characters and their conflicts. Take Vee for example. She is struggling to fit in and live up to the popularity and success of her best friend. Because of all the pressure, she makes the decision to become a player on nerve, which will change her life forever. This is something I feel many people can relate to. Another thing I loved about this novel was the underlying theme. The novel truly is about how far a person will go to try and “fit in” and get everything they’ve always dreamed of. I feel everyone should know that sometimes, trying to do the “cool thing” or the thing that seems right at the moment isn’t always the right thing to do. Another thing this novel teaches is how social media and the press can influence people. For example, the reason Vee’s dares become so extreme is because the watchers, or the people who follow nerve, are taking advantage of Vee and making her do stupid, dangerous dares. The pressure put on the players by the watchers cause them to do crazy things that they know are wrong. They fear that if they “chicken out” then they will be ridiculed. I think these issues are ones that are dealt with by the everyday teen, and this is why the book is so amazing and enticing for the author’s target audience of teens and preteens. I would recommend this book to any person wanting a thrilling suspense story that teaches some important lessons on the pressure of social media and how far you will go to get what you want. The suspense and storytelling of the author will hook you on and keep you guessing and guessing until the very last page. Once again, I would highly advise reading this book as soon as possible, as it is a story and lesson that I think we all need to learn.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the idea of a reality show set up by videoing yourself and submitting it. It definitely seems within the realm of possibility in today's society, so it was believable. The characters were well thought out and have a history that you learn through the course of the book, so it's not as if they just began existing at the beginning of the story. I like that we get some background. As things progressed, I found myself getting nervous right along with the main characters and I felt their fear and betrayals. I love when you can connect like that with the characters in a book you're reading. I also like how it ended, there's an opening there for a continuation if the author decides to go that route, but it's also a good enough ending if the story just ends there. Now that I've read the book, I'm even more excited to see the film version, and I hope it stays true to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to see the movie to see which one is better!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read, page turner, constantly has you asking whats next. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a short novel okay so dont say it is. The movie was amazing and i have read the book. And yes it also took me a few hours but it isnt a short book. So please do not say it was a short read. And i am sure alot of people want a second book. But the one book said it all. There is no need for a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a intense book with lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was supper good. Though I think that the author could have gone into a little more detail with some of the characters feelings about things, and about each other. But overall it was a REALLY GREAT book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was rather fast-paced but is really addicting. Since the movie was supposed to hit the theater yesterday I purchased this and read it in less than a day. I love the plotline, but I wanted to know more about Ian since the plotline revolved mainly around Vee. The ending of the book resembled a cliffhanger so hopefully there will be a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short novel... read it in a few hours!!! Hope there's a sequel in the works...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading. Read in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nerve. The book is going to turn into movie. It comes out july 27th 2016. Starring Dave Franco as Ian. And Emma Roberts as Vee. So are you a watcher or a player? tune in on july 27th to see it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie called nerve will come out in july, 2016 i think
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
This is an intense read. Just as Vee is sucked into the game, I was sucked into the read. From beginning to end, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the story until it was finally over. It was thrilling and addicting. Vee is an ordinary girl, quiet and unassuming. Then the guy she's crushing on practically dares her to try out for Nerve, and when she does, she makes it into the live rounds. With each round, the stakes go up, as do the temptuous prizes. What made this read thrilling was the high stakes. It's scary in a way, because I was just as compelled by this story as many of the Watchers probably were to the live shows. Time flew before I realized it. That's the frightening thing about commercial culture. They know how to draw the players into the game just as they know what to do in order to keep Watchers viewing. Vee never tried to put herself into the spotlight until she felt the high, the power, of completing a dare successfully, and it changes her. I did feel as though there were some loose ends in the story. While there was certainly a lot of action and adrenaline rushes, the characters weren't really well developed. It's hard to determine character motivation, and I feel like I only got to know the characters on a surface level. Some of the changes in the character were pretty sudden and not quite believable. Also, there's one important factor in Vee's relationship with her parents, and while it's hinted at, it isn't revealed until the very end, almost like a passing remark. Overall, this is a great first novel, and I did enjoy it very much. If you're looking for a thrilling read, I recommend checking out Nerve. I am looking forward to seeing more works by Jeanne Ryan!
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LotsaCatsAndFleas More than 1 year ago
This book was surely one to raise your pulse rate. Yes, it's still somewhat of a teenage romance novel--the insta-love type, but it quickly becomes a roller coaster ride of ever increasing twists and speed. I am still coming down after two days. I would not recommend it for tweens, but with some hesitation, I would not hold back from allowing youngsters 16 or over from it. It has some sexual themes among the "dares" or stunts invented by the baddies behind the game, Nerve, but they progress to the sadistic and deadly quickly enough. Vee's character is developed beautifully and her complex motivations are as complicated as the book's overarching plot. Have Valium or two handy, but do read it if you enjoy a thrill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet, but the movie was so good! My legs were shaking THE ENTIRE TIME the movie was playing and it really put me on edge! It was a little rushed, l admit, but Emma Roberts and Dave Franco totally rocked this one. I HIGHLY SUGGEST FOR YOU TO WATCH THE MOVIE!!!!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Nerve' is a taut young adult thriller that follows Vee, our heroine, as she enters the newest online game called NERVE. Seduced by promises of amazing prizes for doing crazy and embarrassing dares and posting them online, Vee takes the plunge - deciding to do something out of character for once. Soon she is sucked into the game and is partnered with the sexy Ian. The pair makes it to the grand prize round, where things become a bit too sadistic and real for Vee's liking. Is NERVE really just a game? How far will the producers go to entertain the Watchers? Will Vee and Ian make it out alive? After reading 'Nerve', it's hard to believe that this is Jeanne Ryan's debut novel. It is full of twists, mystery, suspense and a bit of romance tossed in for good measure. The idea of NERVE, an online game composed of players doing dares, is a creepy one - especially because it could happen in today's culture. The characters are all very likable and honest, which made them easy to identify with. Vee is the perfect heroine for the book. She is down to earth, honest, and struggles with things in her life that almost all readers have had to go through. I found myself immediately on her side and rooting for her the whole time. The book is incredibly well written and fast-paced, with the suspense and twists making it a real page turner. The descriptions were detailed and I found it really easy to immerse myself into the narrative - it felt almost like I was playing NERVE right along with Vee and Ian. Speaking of them - the romance between them in the book isn't overly done, which I liked. It was subtle and sweet, which added just the right amount of lightness to the story to help balance out all the craziness going on around them. Overall, I think that this book is an engaging addition to the genre and one that you won't want to miss. I will definitely be reading more of Jeanne's books in the future! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.