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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,073 ratings  ·  226 reviews
A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Dial Books (Penguin)
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When a premise such as that for Jeanne Ryan’s debut novel floats to attention – a premise both unique and exciting – it’s near impossible not to let expectations reach unreasonably high levels. This, as has been the unfortunate case several times before, is where I went wrong with this book. To a certain extent, Nerve disappointed, failing to deliver on those high expectations and proving to be a somewhat different book to what I had been anticipating. Yet, at the same time, I didn’t not enjoy t...more
When the synopsis for Jeanne Ryan's Nerve was first brought to light, it instantly became a novel I had very high hopes for. Talk of high stakes dares broadcasted online by a game that seems to personally know its players - this screams intensity, excitement, and a heck of a lot of entertainment. While it does deliver on the entertainment front, it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to its promise of exhilarating suspense.

Does it turn deadly? Sure. But this doesn't happen until near the en...more
...vlastne som pôvodne šla čítať niečo iné. Ale jeden pohľad do môjho Kindla a zistíte, že jeho obsah je čistý chaos (mám tam dokonca niečo, čo sa volá "039-48494_ch00_4P.indd"), čiže som Nerve nakoniec rozčítala nejako omylom.
(Neviem povedať, či to bola lepšia voľba. Tú pôvodnú knihu som ešte nenašla.)

NERVE je reality show (Nerve = názov knihy, NERVE = hra) založená na hre Pravda a odvaha, ibaže len s tou odvahou. Súťažiaci dostanú nejakú trápnu úlohu (napr. ísť do kaviarne a zaspievať nahlas...more
May 31, 2013 Bern marked it as to-read

Savannah (Books With Bite)
Now this is an enthralling and excited book! I adored the plot and how different it was.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. Do you have nerve to walk into a store, and cluck like chicken for $50? How about telling your best friend what really happen at the party for $500? This is what makes it so exciting to read. The pranks start off small and harmless. Then they become dangerous as well as personal. Each time the prank got bigger I held my breath. I kept shaking my head thinking,...more
OMG OMG OMG! Nerve is seriously such an amazing book. I could not put it down, literally! I stayed up until 4 am reading because I just had to finish it. I kept telling myself "just one more chapter!" , before I knew it I was at the last page with my jaw hanging open. Needless to say, I showed up at work at 6 am, a total zombie, but it was sooo worth it! And if I had it all to do over again, I'd do it!

I absolutely am head over heels for this book! The story was so amazing! In some ways it remind...more
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...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
For some reason, I never expected much from NERVE. The cover looks amazing and the synopsis is intriguing so I really have no idea why I felt that NERVE was going to be an absolutely horrible book. I've come to realize that every reviewer has these feelings, premonitions about a book.

Usually, they are right thus I have named them "The Reviewer Instincts" (original and catchy, I know). Over the years months, my "reviewer instincts" have become my best friend. Then...

They turn on me. I was so sure...more
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
This book is...AMAZING/SPECTACULAR/CHILLING/ A COMPLETE RIDE OF NERVES!!! To bad You'll have to wait a exactly 3 more months till my complete review goes up. BUT YOU NEED TO GET THIS WHEN IT COMES OUT!!!!! *really wish there were SIX STARS on Goddreads*
the golden witch.
While "Nerve" is a great plot-driven story, I did have a few issues with characterization, the autenticity factor of the romance, and some other stuff with it. However, it's a really great book in the sense that you can't really put it down once you've started. You get an adrenaline rush - especially at the end of the book. while I can't say that "Nerve" blew my mind, it was pretty entertaining.

Okay, so, at least there's no love triangle in this one, guys. But there is, unfortunately, some insta...more
L.B. Schulman
I loved this book. The main character, Vee, signs on for a reality TV show called Nerve, even though she is typically the shy, reasonable type and not the bold, courageous person usually drawn to attempt the dares that will either eliminate her from show or allow her to progress to the next level. The dares are bizarre and often cruel and sometimes violent, but each one comes with an enticing reward if she completes what seems to be an easy task at first glance. She joins up with a partner also...more
Please note this book comes out 09/13/12.

There is a lot to like about "Nerve" and I'm excited to see what first-time-author Jeanne Ryan does next but the author made some choices that make it hard to really love.

Vee surprises her friends (and herself) when, in a spontaneous moment, she uploads a video of herself doing a dare to a game show website. Her video gets tons of hits and next thing she knows she's a contestant on NERVE, an anonymous online show kindof like "Fear Factor". Vee is a total...more
Brea Mapes
I read the book “Nerve” by Jeanne Ryan, and this was the most addicting book I have ever read. I could not put this book down, it was amazing. Vee signs up to take part in a game called Nerve which allows her to win an amazing prize if she takes a dare. The dares she has to do change Vee and all the people around her. She risks her life for a chance to win a scholarship to a fashion school, which she finds out later on that it’s definitely not worth her risking her life. At the end of every chap...more
Vee works as part of the behind the scenes cast of the play her best friend Sydney is starring in. She feels like she's always living in Sydney's shadow so when Sydney kisses the guy Vee's been crushing on, Vee decides to do something completely out of character, and auditions for the gameshow Nerve. After getting through the dares, she finally reaches the final with her partner Ian and 5 other players. But things don't seem right to Vee, and she begins to feel her life may actually be at risk....more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY BARNACLES!!!!!!!!! I am so so grateful to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read an ARC copy of Nerve. To me Nerve was just like the game Truth or Dare.Vee is chosen to be a contestant on the Nerve game show. She is asked to go an do things that she would never normally do but they always say do you have the NERVE to do so and so and the contestant can say yes or no and if they say yes they can proceed to the next task. As the tasks get harder and more personal Vee is worried th...more
Oh my God, Nerve was SO good!

Vee makes an impulsive decision to participate in a popular online game called Nerve that gives its participants real live dares to do, in order to progress to the next round(s) and win some tempting prizes along the way. The weird thing about this game is that, it knows the participants, way too intimately than it should.

Most times when you read a book, you watch it play like a movie in your head but some books actually feel like a movie from start to finish - the...more

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That was quite the ride! Nerve was thrilling, exhilarating and kept me reading for hours, not wanting to put the book down. You just had to know what was coming, what the next dare was going to be, how everyone was going to react. It was exciting up until the very end.

Have you got the guts to play NERVE?

NERVE is a new game. Millions of people around the world watch videos of other people performing dares, each one more challenging than the next. So when the dares get really crazy, why on e...more
Do you remember those days as pre-teens, or teenagers when the game Truth or Dare seemed like the most exciting and most-played game at parties? Well... imagine, instead of the dares being hugging the nearest boy or confessing to your crush, you're dared to do something illegal, something out of your comfort zone, something that involves embarrassing yourself a million times over in exchange for a large sum of money or something valuable you've lusted after for a long time? Would you accept the...more
Nerve is one book you know you won't be able to put down! Jeanne Ryan writes in such a way that turns what sound like petty little dares into something huge, horrifying, and totally embarrassing, but oh-so tempting, thanks to the absurd and awesome prizes they put up for grabs.

The dares in Nerve definitely surprised me. I'd expected life-threatening dares, dares to commit certain crimes, not dares to ask men for condoms in a purity club! But then again, I'm glad that Ryan didn't go down that pa...more
The Twins Read
Original Rating: 2.5/5

This review can be originally be found at The Twins Read .

With the overabundance of reality shows where people basically bare all - pun not intended - in front of the camera in order to satisfy millions of viewers who have unknowingly ventured and reveled in capitalist voyeurism, the first thing that Ryan's Nerve throws in the reader's face is: When will NERVE become a reality?

NERVE is a game where people complete dares, capture the footage on video, and upload them online...more
I totally forgot about this book. I was wondering around goodreads and saw it. I remembered the book just from the cover. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I didn't want to put it down and now I want to re-read this book. I just have to find it... I got this book soon after it came out. I liked the cover and read a little into the book. It sounded good and I bought it. This is one of the best buys I can remember. Top 5 for sure.
Kristi-The Book Faery
Wow! Ms. Ryan really knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats.
Nerve was action packed and had some great characters that were easily relatable. The premise of the book is something that I could almost see happening in the not so distant future.
No rehash of the synopsis, I'll just say that if you're looking for a fantastic suspense filled read, Nerve will not disappoint.

Can't wait until the next in the series!
Meradeth Houston
First things first: GO PREORDER THIS BOOK because it is amazing! Ryan creates a situation where Vee (who is incredibly identifiable in all her behind the scenes--literally--glory) is sucked into an incredibly crazy situation where the stakes just keep going up. The pace is fantastic and kept me up way late at night as I just couldn't put it down. Ryan's teen voice, too, is awesome. The way she portrays the social structure of the school and world of the game were spot-on. And Ian's just downrigh...more
Mikka Gottstein
Das Titelbild ist schlicht, aber passend: ein harmloses Kästchenspiel, mit Kreide auf eine Tafel gekritzelt - wahrscheinlich von gelangweilten Schülern in der Pause zwischen Mathe und Englisch. Auch das Spiel, um das es in diesem Buch geht, wird von Jugendlichen gespielt und erscheint zunächst harmlos... Aber das ist es ganz und gar nicht! "Risk" ist genau das, was der Name verspricht: riskant, und das weit mehr, als den Mitspielern klar ist.

Vee will eigentlich gar nicht teilnehmen an diesem blö...more
Hey!! Just because I am saying that I finished on april 1st doesn't mean I am april fooling! But seriously I have finished the book and I am soooooooooo very happy that I did. About the Book! What can I say it was just the BEST I have ever read it kept me entertained and it was very nicely written. This book is something that we all can relate to in one way or another. This book has at least a character which you can relate. I think that this is the thing that this book good well it put you in t...more
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Krista (Nawanda Files)
Nerve is an addicting book about a giant publicized game of Truth or Dare. Without the Truth part. In the game, players are asked to perform dares for crazy prizes. Immediately I was hooked into the plot. It's a wild ride that seems strangely addicting. I felt like a Watcher at the beginning, wanting more of the action and the game.

Some of the dares include asking people for condoms, so they can get pretty scandalous. Vee is the lead character, and while I was so absorbed in the plot, I found h...more
May 28, 2014 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I won this book here on a Goodreads give away.

I normally read for entertainment purposes. I don't look for underlying social commentary, but this book could easily be reality in 2 to 5 years. It is a mix between Fear Factor, social media going completely wrong and all the horrible things strangers will do to each other for prizes.

Vee is a normal shy teen that takes backstage to her theater star best friend Syd. When she tries to get the attention of a boy she enters a game called NERVE. The ide...more
Rating 3.5 stars

Nerve is a high adrenaline based novel where I was kept on the edge of my seat waiting to see what the next dare would be and if the prize would make it worth the contestants while. As part of a game I have to wonder how far is too far for both the players and the gamekeepers.

Vee has always been in the shadows of her best friend. This never really bothered her until a kiss between her best friend, the lead in a play, and her current crush goes on a little too long while on stage....more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: For some reason, I had a lot of trouble getting into Nerve. Maybe it was just my reading mood or just something I didn’t find that interesting, I’m not sure.

We are introduced to Vee who gets to participate in a game called Nerve. Nerve is a game where people accept dares and complete them to win prizes.

It seems like Nerve knows everything about Vee and what she would want to win. Vee isn’t usually the kind of girl who would participate in this but she wants to think outside the box...more
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I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it...more
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