Author: Carrie Jones
Genre: YA fiction, fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: Planes stink because you’re stuck staring out at the sky and that makes you think about things – things you might not want to think about, I mean.
Goodreads blurb: 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.
I was definitely not looking to start another YA paranormal series, but then I read this review at Beth Fish Reads, and decided that this book might be just the ticket for escapist reading. In other words, just what I Need-ed. Ba dum bum.
In her review, Candace gave me two reasons for wanting to read Need: first, no vampires; second, the main character, Zara, is a strong, independent teenage girl. And she was right – Zara is not simpering or completely led by her emotions, and she doesn’t fall into the arms of the first guy who pays her attention.
Zara has come to Maine against her wishes. Her mom sent here there because, after her step-father’s death, Zara has descended into depression. She is obsessed with phobias; in fact, each chapter begins with the definition of a phobia. Her mom feels that some time with her fierce and strong grandmother, Betty, will do her good. Of course, her mom also has other reasons of which Zara has no idea.
These books are very atmospheric, with the deep Maine woods, the snow, the voice in the woods, the strange stalker man. I enjoyed my time spent in Need‘s moody pages, and look forward to finding out what happens to Zara – as well as her friends, Issie, Devyn, and Nick – next. I’ve already put book two on hold at the library.