It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
I read Small Bones by Vicki Grant to review for Library Media Connection. It is one book in the Secrets series, which follows the fate of seven Canadian teenage girls who find themselves homeless after their orphanage burns down in 1964.
Need by Joelle Charbonneau will be published on 11/3/15. I was lucky enough to read this DRC through NetGalley because I’ve been looking forward to it since Charbonneau teased it in our Skype with her in May.
When a new social network exclusively designed for Nottowa High School pops up, students are intrigued at the thought of being able to ask for what they need. A new iPhone, an A on a physics test, and an extra week of winter break are all things these Wisconsin teens feel they need, but Kaylee knows that those “wants” are nothing compared to her need for a kidney donor for her brother DJ. At first, teens only have to invite others to the NEED site to get their wished granted, but after only a short time, NEED begins to require that they complete a small task like taking a photo, leaving a note, or delivering a box of cookies before their “needs” will be fulfilled. Of course, the stakes get higher and higher, and Kaylee starts to put together the pieces that connect NEED to local disappearances and even deaths. Can she figure out who is behind NEED and stop the madness before her best friend Nate, her brother DJ, or even she, herself, pays the ultimate price? This book built up the tension gradually, and then at about the halfway mark turned into a thrilling page-turner. Charbonneau keeps readers on the edge of their seats and guessing until the end. I do think that once the story got to the “reveal” all the details about NEED came spilling out at once, perhaps a bit too fast for my taste–but it’s still a fascinating and exciting book, and will make readers think about how far people might and do go to get what they think they need. The students at my schools will definitely eat this up, so I’m planning to buy multiple copies.