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A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,699 Ratings  ·  672 Reviews

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

ebook, 288 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
This was almost a really good book. Angel books are tricky anyway, perhaps because they can't rely so much on the sexy-dangerous vibes of other paranormal creatures such as vampires or werewolves, and then there's a certain expectation of a higher purpose being fulfilled. It's a fine line to balance that greater calling along with making a character relatable and sympathetic, so it's no wonder that we don't see very many good ones. It's very strange, then, to find an angel YA book that does the ...more
Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, young-adult, 2011

On the plus side, I have managed to complete one of my winter challenge books on the very first day it started. And no, I didn't cheat, I listened to all seven boring hours of this thing - sorry if you liked it, but this book is just dull.

It wasn't the cheesy romance, it wasn't the whole angels and emphasis on religion thing, it wasn't even the annoying voice of the audio narrator... it's just that this story is so blah. So very very blah. Haven't I read this story a million times? Don't I know
Kendare Blake
Nov 11, 2011 Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I'd planned on reading this slowly. Seems like I plan to do that a lot. Generally, I fail because I'm a creature of impulse and little restraint. But this time, I can blame a blackout.

I read A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL in one sitting, mostly by candlelight. When the power came back on, I pretty much ignored it and just kept reading. It's a gorgeous story, full of intrigue and sweeping themes. I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with the sadness and necessity of forgetting, so parts of this book
Jul 26, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really just loved this book!

A Need So Beautiful is a great take on Angel lore, which I'm always looking for, so this was a nice treat.
I've never read anything by Suzanne Young before, but I think that's just gonna have to change. Her writing is easy to get lost in and kept me intrigued from the first page, on.

What I loved most about this book was that the relationship was already solidly rooted. No awkward first-meets, or getting to know what buttons work here or silly antics to get him to not
Nov 26, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't mind stereotypical characters
Recommended to Karen by: A pop-up ad
For the first time ever, NO SPOILERS!! (yes, it really is a miracle)

What’s the first thing you see when you look at the cover? Here take a closer look:

A recommendation by Carrie Ryan, the author of “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” (well that’s the first thing that caught my eye)! Surely a book recommended by HER would be awesome right?


Although the book in itself was not bad (quite enjoyable actually), the characters were all cliché and we once again had instant love (the worst I’ve seen
I hate to sound like a pessimistic reader, but I found this book to be a bit anticlimactic and characters, a little irritating. EXCEPT FOR THE VERY LAST PAGE! THAT really threw me for a mind-f*ck and I'll admit to wanting to read the sequel for that reason alone. It wasn't so much a cliff hanger...the one that enrages a reader with anger or need for the next book, but It's truly compelling. Perhaps it was just me, but I felt a bit underwhelmed, but I decided to change my original rating of 2 sta ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, I could have given A Need So Beautiful just one star for all the "Oh, I love him so" moments, but that wouldn't be fair, because it has this one really great thing going for it, an out of the box concept of a non- angel (the Forgotten) with purpose. The combination of my going in blind plus my particular brand of cover-love did wonders on me wanting to know what the story was. And once all is said and done, I'm divided: a two or a four? There were good parts, there’s that really ...more
This is going to be a gush fest, just so you know.....

A Need So Beautiful was so very wonderfully, hauntingly beautiful. I truely did not want this one to end, I could not put it down. It was angelic, but not in the preachy sense. Mrs. Young has charmed me and has me "needing" more of her writing.

Charlotte has these compulsions, these needs. They take her by the heart and she has no choice but to see them through. To fight them seems impossible, besides she never has wanted to until now, now th
Jul 21, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story. I really enjoyed A Need So Beautiful I took my time reading this, which in turn, made the reading experience so much more. This beautifully written story has the capacity to capture your emotions and tug on your heartstrings.

This is about good vs evil, making hard decisions to do what's right. These characters were flawed, realistic and capable of leaving an impact on you. Charlotte, our protagonist, has a duty of fulfilling the "Need" As this special Need pulls her t
Trish Doller
Jun 30, 2011 Trish Doller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading A Need So Beautiful while it was being written, so I wasn't sure how the story was going to affect me when I finally read the finished book. When I reached the end I had tears streaming down my face, which is saying something because books don't normally make me cry...and I'd read it before!

Suzanne Young has done something special. She's created a fresh mythology in a genre that's gotten really old for me; her characters are flawed and authentic; and her writing...o
A Need So Beautiful was one of my most anticipated books of the whole year. I’m not quite sure why it sounded so appealing to me, to be honest, and maybe the cover did influence me a bit more than I should have let it, but I’m not lying when I tell you it was one of the biggest letdowns. Ever.

Charlotte lives with her foster mother and foster siblings in a big city and she goes to an expensive prep school with her best friend Sarah, who’s the pretty, annoying girl who doesn’t have many friends.
Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This story is breathtakingly beautiful inside and out. I laughed, I cried, and I connected with the characters in a way that is rare and wonderful. Charlotte has not had an easy life. She's been in a foster family since she was young and has no real memory of where she came from. She has the Need, a driving force that leads her to helping complete strangers. She doesn't know where it will take her, or what she will face while she's there but the urge can't be stopped. Once she's at her destinati ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Kelly/yllektra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, wow, wow!!!
I absolutely adored this book.
From start to finish I felt connected to Charlotte and her destiny and wanted her to actually live and stay...
Towards the end I got so emotional and desperate to see this through, I cried till my mouth went dry.

It is the story of a teenager, 16-year-old Charlotte Cassidy who is an orphan, or at least thinks she is, living with her foster mother, Mercy and her foster siblings, Alex and Georgia.

She was found as a six-year-old, alone and abandoned and e
Jul 21, 2011 Darkfallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
This book is truly a different spin on the supernatural. I almost wanna say it's a different spin on angels...but to be honest I'm not sure it is.

In fact I think it is something else entirely...The Forgotten.

What would you do if you found out that you were....quite one?

Charlotte's character is great. I love her voice. I loved the fact that like any teenager these days, she is completely head over heals in love with her boyfriend, and they express it in the most physical of ways.
Jun 03, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y’all Suzanne Young is not a one trick pony. She has more up her sleeve than ninja cheerleaders. While The Naughty List made me laugh (and I will confess, cry a little bit), A Need So Beautiful ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. If you’ve ever been in love, if you’ve ever had a pain in the ass job to do, A Need So Beautiful is the book for you.

Read the rest of my review here
*** 2.5 stars ***' Maureen,' I whisper, unable to keep the words inside anymore. 'The baby's not well. You need to see the doctor. You need to see him now.'
Welcome to the oh-so-complicated and supersecret universe of Charlotte Cassidy a.k.a. Doubly-NEEDYGIRL. It isn't sufficient that she has this severely compulsive Joan-of-Arcadia-thingy going on, which physically forces her - by slowly building up pain and body heat, nausea, blindness, suffocation and whatnot - to follow the unpredictably up-
The Short Version:
Unique in premise and brilliant in execution, A Need so Beautiful weaves a fresh, fantastic new take on light and dark. Creating an angel of sorts while not relying heavily on actual angel principles, Young has made a stellar blend of contemporary with a supernatural twist. With a sympathetic protagonist, a hot love interest, and a well paced story line, A Need so Beautiful is engaging from the start and fulfilling in the end.

The Extended Version:
Charlotte is an incredibly lika
Nov 01, 2011 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I really didn’t. There was one big reason for that and it came with wings. Yeah, this is an angel book and I am afraid that the stigma attached to YA angel books coupled with the cover, which while beautiful does not really say anything pertinent, has led potential readers to decry whatever potential joy this book may bring them. But honestly, Charlotte’s story is not just original, it seems refreshing. Yes, I am talking about an angel book re ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Pam Vlieg
Jun 03, 2011 Pam Vlieg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Need So Beautiful is one of the best YA books I have ever read. Asking me to explain why apparently turns my brain to mush and nothing coherent will follow. However I must try to explain my utter love for this book so that you dear reader can experience it for yourself.

The plot isn't unique, it is the formula that works on me. Boy, girl, wise guiding old person. However the supernatural element is completely unique. Charlotte is a Forgotten. She feels a pull towards people to help them and eac
Novel Novice
Dec 13, 2010 Novel Novice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Young has written a truly unique story with one of the most original ideas I've seen in fiction -- not just YA, but fiction, period -- in a very long time. The characters are incredibly vibrant and unique, and the story is one that wraps itself around you. It's one of those books that you want to race through to finish because you simply must know what happens, but want to slow down and savor at the same time. I can't wait to spend more time in this world.
Rachel Lightwood
I didn't know what to expect going into this book. There weren't that many good reviews about it and the few that did praise it did so by dismissing it as a 'guilty pleasure' read... and I have to say that I know exactly what they mean. This book isn't mind-blowing, it isn't a piece of literary gold, but it is entertaining and adorably cheesy. It was exactly what I needed. In case you didn't know, I do love a good cheesy paranormal romance. Yes, they're cliched. Yes, they're going to infuriate s ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Dec 01, 2015 Nancy The book junkie rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Charlotte has Needs. Not the kind of needs you normally think of when talking about a teenage girl with a hot boyfriend. I mean, Charlotte has Needs that will one day render her Forgotten. If you think you've had your fill of angel books, you couldn't be more wrong when it comes to A Need So Beautiful.

Charlotte is a likable, real heroine who is struggling with something that she can't tell anyone about. If she did, she'd likely lose them all, including her best and only friend Sarah and her too
Kim Q
Apr 22, 2011 Kim Q rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 a ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Vy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, signed
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
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is a classic tale of good vs evil, light vs dark woven into an engaging story with strong supporting characters. I enjoyed the unique story telling, enticing mythology, and strong heroine, Charlotte. It's a story about sacrifice & love, and unlike like any angel book I've read before.

Charlotte is a character I emotionally connected and liked from the moment the book started. She's a strong character who's struggling with coming to terms with a secret she can't tell anyone, not even her
Jun 29, 2011 Ddpjclaf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this more like 2.5-2&3/4 stars, and I'm only giving it that because the premise was something fresh and new. I feel like some kind of heathen for rating it like this, but, well, I guess it didn't strike me like I thought it should.

I enjoyed the different take on angels, or whatever it was Charlotte was. They never actually came out and said: "Yes, you are an angel," so I can't be sure. I guess my biggest problem with this story was: I never *really* connected with Charlotte. Yes,
Kristina Snyder
Oct 13, 2011 Kristina Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte lives with her foster mother, Mercy. Mercy happened to find her when she was six years old. Now that Charlotte, is sixteen, her life and herself begins to change. She has always felt The Need, but lately it has been getting worse, happening more often. The Needs over power her. It is like she has no control over her body. After she realizes that she is a Forgotten and what her destiny entails, she tries to fight it. That's the big question. Does she fight her destiny?

I absolutely fell
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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
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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at
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