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Need (Need #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  55,411 Ratings  ·  3,534 Reviews
Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.

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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 10, 2011 Hannah rated it did not like it
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Keely *Keelskilo*

I knew there was going to be trouble when I started getting Twilight flashbacks in chapter one: girl has awkward family situation. She moves to someplace cold. Where it’s really cold. She probably should have put on a better jacket but she’s not used to that because she used to live somewhere warmer. And now it’s cold. Because of awkward weather situations, she’s also given a new car (well, Bella’s wasn’t new, but whatever. Same intent). Did I mention it’s
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The Holy Terror
I'd give this book 2.5 stars if I could. The beginning starts off a little strange. We're not given much description and we pretty much live inside Zara's head. There's a lot of dialogue and inner monologue, and while it's quick to read, it's just not as engaging as it could have been. Plus, Zara's obsessions with phobias is a little odd and it's never really explained why or how she remembers them all.

At first I was thinking that this was going to turn out to be a typical teen book with all the
Dec 04, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
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I have a few good things to say about Need. If you are an aspiring psychologist or psychiatrist thinking of specializing in phobias, well – this is the book for you. Need is a great vocabulary builder. Instead of numbered chapters, each chapter is named after a phobia with its definition below. So you get to learn great and useful words like:

Phobophobia – a fear of phobias
Autophobia – a fear of yourself
Cacaphobia – a fear of ugliness

Too bad there isn’t a word for fear of dull reads – dullreadoph
Nov 29, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Since the recent death of her beloved stepfather, Zara has been accumulating phobias like some people collect stamps. She’s pretty much afraid of everything. Zara’s mother, worried for her, sends Zara to live with her grandmother, believing that Zara will be safer in that cold and isolated state of Maine. Zara is upset, she hats the cold and misses her home in Charleston. And then, there’s also that mysterious guy that Zara keeps seeing everywhere, the one that leaves nothing but glittery gold d ...more
Dis book.

Alright, so working in a bookstore sometimes you come across some pretty ridiculous looking books. Beach Vampire anyone? But as a child of the early 90's my threshold for cheese can be pretty high. I love The Lost Boys and all the Living Dead movies and sometimes if the moon is high in the sky, and the stars align, I can find a teen horror/paranormal book that I can enjoy in an equally cheesy fashion. Picking up and sifting through all of these books day after day I could only wonder if
Jun 06, 2012 Haleema rated it it was ok
What a strange book.

So here's this teenage girl named Zara who memorizes phobias just for the hell of it. She chants them when she is nervous. It calms her down. It was interesting at first. You know, to be aware of so many bizarre phobias out there. However, it got simply annoying and it wouldn't relate to anything in the story. They were so random.

Then there's this Mary Sue (Gary Stu?) of a love interest named Nick who is macho, huge, unbelievably good looking and just glides through ice wit
Megs ♥
Dec 25, 2011 Megs ♥ rated it really liked it
Need is a fun paranormal fantasy. Each chapter name was a certain phobia, since the main character Zara "collects" phobias. I thought most of the phobias were pretty interesting, but some were just stupid. Zara is a very likable character and a pretty smart girl.

The secondary characters shine in Need, particularly Zara's friends. Her quirky band of outsider pals share banter that is hilarious, breaking up intense moments of darkness and angst. Issie is an awesome friend to Zara. Nick is the mys
Khanh (the Grinch)
Nov 30, 2012 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it
One would need a tremendous amount of willing suspension of disbelief to believe the events in this book. I mean, I GET that it's fiction, and paranormal fiction at that, but oh man, the heroine is so TSTL it's unbelievable. Things are just too easily believed in the book to be credible. Her friends tell her pixies exist, and Zara is like "No! They can't possibly...Oh ok, so maybe they do," in the span of like 2 seconds. Please.
Feb 14, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
What a fun, quick read!

I thought the incorporation of Zara's slight obsessive-compulsiveness with the phobias was interesting. It really built her character and surprisingly gave her a personality. I hate it when heroines are introduced with no intriguing traits or hobbies, and we're expected to believe it when everyone lusts after her. THANK GOD Zara has some sort of distinguishing feature.

Zara is a very likable character. She has a good head on her shoulders, for the most part, and her quirki
Nov 29, 2009 Krystle rated it it was ok
What you see is what you get with this book. Most of what you need to know can be gotten from the cover. The story was superficial and not much on depth.

Zara was a decent character - had some spunk and some of her quirks. I felt that the idea of her being so adamant about helping the poor, saving those in need, while good in concept, it was forced and only seemed to be a method to try and make the character stand out more. I had a feeling that it was the author trying to preach me some sort of
Aug 04, 2009 new_user rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Silver Kiss, Laurie Faria Stolarz, adventure romance readers
Shelves: young-adult
Readers can find a lot of diversity across the YA spectrum. There are Gossip Girl dramas, insightful reflections, and adventure reads. Need by Carrie Jones sits between the latter two. It's a novel about junior Zara White coming to terms with the recent death of her father, a mother who deals with her husband's death and her daughter's grief by folding and sending Zara away, and rumors of a serial killer in a strange Maine backwater town.

Need can easily be dissected into two moods: the first a
Sep 08, 2016 Irmak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphanem
2.5 mu versem 3 mü emin olamıyorum.
Kitabı çok sevdiğim söylenemez. Öncelikle bu kitap 2009da yazılmış keşke ona yakın bir zamanda çevrilseydi çünkü günümüz kitaplarına göre yavan kaçmış. Çünkü artık farklı şeyler bekliyoruz fakat 7 sene önce yazılan bir kitaptan farklılık beklemekte pek olmuyor.
Kitapta en sevdiğim şey Zara'nın fobiye olan ilgisiydi. Ki sanırım bu herkesin en sevdiği şey olmuş kitapta. Ve kitap çok akıcıydı. Okuyamama durumuna iyi gelecek kitaplardan birisi bence İhtiyaç.
Prendete una ragazza 17enne carina ma normale sotto tanti aspetti, fatela trasferire in una piccola cittadina nel Maine, dove sembra che l’inverno non finisca mai (non vi ricorda qualcosa?).
Fate vivere la ragazza dalla nonna che dovrebbe avere una certa età, ma che pare abbia la forza di Superman, fatela trasferire in una nuova scuola dove i pochi studenti non fanno altro che parlare di lei. La carissima ragazza sarà la prima, sulla faccia della Terra, ad attirare l’attenzione del più ambito rag
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on page 33

DNF because the slight potential this book had nose dived into cliche territory. Not only was this a twilight-esque (granted with potential to be a better than the source material). I've read all these themes before. Wash rinse and repeat.

Jun 03, 2010 Sharrol rated it did not like it
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Ezgi Tülü
Aug 30, 2016 Ezgi Tülü rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Kitabı 46. sayfada bıraktım çünkü o noktaya kadar olan her şey şöyle ilerledi:

- Üvey babasını kaybeden kız depresyonu nedeniyle babaannesiyle yaşamaya gönderilir.

- Kız yeni okuluna geldiği ilk beş dakika içinde arkadaş ve düşman edinir:
Düşmanı çok şaşırtıcı(!) bir şekilde, okuldaki "popüler kız" (Megan) ve ana karakter kızımıza (Zara) karşı bir kin dolu, bir kin dolu, sormayın.
Nedeni ne sizce? --> Zara, Megan'ın Nick'le birlikte olmasının önünde duran bir "engel" ... Yahu kız daha birkaç dak
Jan 19, 2009 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
First of all. How about those gold lips? Shimmery! The color of those lips does a good job of representing the glittery-but-dangerous magic in this book. Just as the pale skin of their owner conveys the tone of the story quite well: pale, cold, and creepy. I'm pretty sure this is my first pixie urban fantasy and I wasn't sure what to expect. What I did not expect was feeling like I was back inside the world of Stephen King's It. But apparently if a book's got Maine, winter, and a town with a cur ...more
Annie Brewer
Jul 16, 2011 Annie Brewer rated it really liked it
When Zara, a high school student, moves to a small town in Maine from Charleston to stay with her grandmother, she has to try to start her life over once her step father dies. It is hard for her because she hates the cold and it is snowing there all the time and she can't do much but stay inside the house. She resents her mother for sending her away and doesn't like school at all. The only thing she can do is suck it up and live....which is exactly why her mother sent her away. After her step fa ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Zara has been unceremoniously shipped off to Maine to stay with Grandma Betty in the middle of nowhere during a frigid winter. According to her mother, Zara just hasn't been herself since her step-father passed away, and all of this is apparently supposed to help.

Before Zara even has a chance to snap out of the depression, her attention is drawn elsewhere by a mystery surrounding a local boy's disappearance. Oh, and then there's the strange man wh
Mar 21, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book is perfect blend of Twilight and Wicked Lovely. Supernatural, dark, romance new girl at school thing going on. The main character is a bit more together (she is really into running, and human rights aka Amnesty International) then Bella from Twilight. Set in Maine (atmospheric). It is not the best written book in the world and a little formulaic at this point BUT your teens will love it and not that many folks know about it yet. I found the story was creepy and fast paced enough to kee ...more
Kisses A
May 27, 2016 Kisses A rated it liked it

This was very cliche but something unexpected did occur somewhere like at the middle? I read it some time now so I cant remember exactly how but I know it had something to do with fairies. Leave the fairies to Sarah J bro. The was the over cliche it guy/ hero boring. But the atmosphere is what got this book rolling for me. Gave me the good ole Twilight Forks feeling. Its definitely worth a go if you like fairies, cold weather, cliche guys and the MC who has a phobia name for every single thing.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Soooo... This is a reread. When I first read it I rated it four stars. But I hadn't really read too many YA books when I read this and since I've read SOOOOO many, much better YA books. So I'm downgrading my rating to 3 stars. While I liked how it doesn't make any of the final decisions easy or trite, I just don't think the teenage girl was written like a teenage girl. Her thought processes are at the grade school level, as if she's ten years younger than she actually is. : /
I really, really, really wanted to love Need. I tried for months to actually get into it, thinking it's just my mood, I'm tired etc...
There were times I was getting into it, then there were times I wanted to bang my head against the wall.

I think it's the random lines that get thrown into the dialog that kill me- "Supposedly on some photography work. They do nature movies. I don't know. I like your shirt." ....????

If it's not random then it's rushed, and if it's not rushed it's painstakingly slow
Feb 23, 2011 Dinjolina rated it did not like it
I hate this book.
It was so...
Well cheesy.
My head hurt from it.
The phobia thing was nice.
But all the rest?
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 27, 2009 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Quick & Dirty: A gripping thrill ride that will keep you out of the woods and looking over your shoulder.

Opening Sentence: Everybody has fears, right?

The Review:

Gold pixie dust? Deadly pixies? Big deal. I’ll just crush these little creatures with my fly swatter. Take that Tinkerbell! I’m so not scared… Yeah, right!

I have to admit that Need certainly had its creepy moments. The pixies in Need aren’t of the sweet Tinkerbell variety. They’re deliciously dangerous creatures with voracious appeti
Dec 30, 2010 Andrea rated it did not like it
This is honestly up there on the list of the worst books I've ever read.

The writing is jumpy, forced, and has pretty much no flow. There were tons of pointless scenes, and the conversations between characters were also often very meaningless. Half the time they comprised of someone Zara had just met having deep insights about her and her personality. In my experience, you can't guess what someone's thinking until you've known them for quite a while.

Speaking of the characters, I never found one
Sep 02, 2010 Ceilidh rated it it was ok
All I can say about "Need" is it was just dull. There were specks of imagination and I give Carrie Jones credit for taking on a mythos that has such untapped potential in the YA but overall it’s handled so unimaginatively I found myself unable to really care about the cut out characters, formulaic situations and predictable plotting. It’s a book that’s really the epitome of the genre, or at least what the genre has become. The quirky or vaguely interesting traits that Zara had played no part in ...more
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Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.

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“He wipes his hand on his shirt.
What? Did I drool on you?"
A little."
You're a wolf. You should be used to drool."
That's low.”
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