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A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
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Aug 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: for-work, ya
Read from August 27 to September 06, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Charlotte has a Need that draws her to people who need a push in their life to make them better, but she cannot help herself. Every time she helps someone her skin becomes golden light, closer to ascending to a higher plain to be Forgotten by her loved ones, especially her sassy emotionally-scarred best friend and her perfect motorcycle riding boyfriend. The only person who will ever remember her is “Seer” Monroe, a mentor to a chosen line of girls (Buffy, anyone?). The only way to stop becoming Forgotten is to become one of the Shadows and spread evil, destroying the soul and the complexion.

The story was interesting enough to make up for shortfalls; Charlotte, the guardian angel, has a dilemma of self-sacrifice for the good of others. However, she seems willing to go Dark Side for the love of her boyfriend. Her foster mother leaves her three teenagers alone every night, so the issue of underage drinking and sex (both hetero and homosexual) comes into focus. Charlotte’s character was believable, but her mindset being one who has a terminal illness which I thought made the romance too Nicholas Sparks. The last few pages provide a cliffhanger to compel the reader to the sequel.
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