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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  16,437 Ratings  ·  2,725 Reviews

Vee doesn't know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever's behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it's easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it's thrilling as t
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Dial Books
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Izzy Book Queen I was just wondering that. I really wish there would be, but this is what the author said:

(A fan said:) "I love Nerve. Its such a daring and awesome…more
I was just wondering that. I really wish there would be, but this is what the author said:

(A fan said:) "I love Nerve. Its such a daring and awesome concept. Is there a sequel for Nerve?"
Jeanne Ryan (author): I wrote it, thinking it would be a standalone. Although I have some ideas where a sequel could go, there's nothing officially in the works.(less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Savanna D Mirkats right, remember Vee was responsible for the curtains as part of her backstage play responsibilities. A play ends with the final curtain.…moreMirkats right, remember Vee was responsible for the curtains as part of her backstage play responsibilities. A play ends with the final curtain. Perhaps this is a clue from the author that we're supposed to think about that book itself as a play, that as readers, we became Watchers. Cool, huh?(less)

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Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads
I read Nerve for two reason and two reasons only: The cover, because it's oddly beautiful, and because it's becoming a movie with Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. I really like them both so I wanted to pick this up before September when it's set to be release. That being said I don't know if it was worth it. Nerve got on my last one. It was so freaking boring! This book is about a live action truth or dare game (without the truth part), where teens can sign up and the more "extreme" the dares the b ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, romance, horror
Not as good as its movie adaptation.


I went to the cinema theater and watch the Nerve movie, due Emma Roberts (which I love) was starring. I enjoyed a lot the film, and it was until the final credits I found out that the movie was based on a novel.

So, I went to check for it, that luckily (I supposed due the movie’s premiere) I found the book in a local bookstore and even with a tie-in cover.

The story is about an underground game called Nerve where people join it as “watchers”
Dannii Elle
Well, this was one crazy, intense journey from start to finish!

Why is it always so much harder to write a review for a book you absolutely adored? Without waffling or being an over-excited mess, I'll just write the basics. The writing was stellar! The plot was intense! The characters were relatable! The pacing is so fast that I felt like I didn't exhale for the entirety of the book! And if my overabundance of exclamation points don't convince you to read this, I don't know what will!
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

First things first:

“For fans of The Hunger Games”

Palm Springs commercial photography

Uh. No. More like for fans of . . . .

Palm Springs commercial photography

Nerve is an online game where participants are challenged to dares that become increasingly difficult the further the contestants make it. Vee decides she’s had enough of being the girl behind the curtains and decides to submit an online video entry to Nerve. The dare she chooses? To go to a coffee shop and dump a bottle of water over he
rachel • typed truths
I have literally nothing to say about this other than the movie is better. Much better. I know that it’s part of the sacred book community rite of passage to always vehemently reject that sort of statement... but it’s true. This book had some of the most underdeveloped characters I have ever read about. Vee was an unpleasant protagonist. She had little spark to her and I just could not connect to her character in the slightest. While I found it incredibly irritating how she handled most of the d ...more
Entertaining, but sooooooooo cheesy!

I would put this in its own genre of “Young Adult Fan Fiction”. It reminded of when I was in middle school or high school and I would write stories in my head about how I was badass even though in real life I was awkward and nerdy. I was always too afraid to go too far with the content because that would just be crazy. I mean I would be fighting bad guys with guns, but no one can really get shot right? I mean I was just a teenager, things wouldn’t get that dar
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Nerve me dejó un poco traumatizada y con una rayada mental nivel épico. Dicho eso, este libro nos cuenta la historia de Vee, una chica que siempre ha estado un poco tras bambalinas y no toma muchos riesgos. Eventualmente, uno de sus amigos la anima a participar en un reto de Nerve, una aplicación/programa que les pide a los jugadores a cumplir una serie de desafíos a cambio de participar en las rondas nacionales, de ganar premios y dinero.

A partir del momento en que Vee empieza a participar, su
Frankie Lovely
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: movie-was-better
1 star
In a Word: Ridiculous (or perhaps not quite ridiculous enough?)

Well, that was rough

I went from “oh ok, this is cool”
to “hm, ok this is dumb”
to “What the f*ckity f*ck was that?!?!

The Story


Oooooo …. Chills right?
…... meh

Vee is a shy logical girl who lives life behind the scenes. NERVE is an online phenomenon where players log on and complete dares for money and prizes. By all definitions, Vee is a "watcher" and not a "player" in the worl
Kate (GirlReading)
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-favourites
3.75* I think I'm definitely in the minority for this opinion, but I actually really enjoyed this book. :') I'm not sure whether it was because I went into it with pretty low expectations (due to it's fairly low average star rating on Goodreads) but I liked it a lot more than I expected too! It was super fast paced and I ended up devouring it in one sitting. Despite it being pretty ridiculous in many ways, I found the plot to be extremely gripping and overall a really entertaining read! I will s ...more
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
DNF - 10 %

I'll just stick with the movie, thank you. I saw it first and liked it very much. From the very beginning, the book is a whole different thing.
Kaya Dimitrova
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ревю =>
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“Игра на нерви” със сигурност не беше от най-силните антиутопични романи, които съм чела, но пък бе достатъчно непредсказуем, напрегнат и плашещ, за да спечели интереса ми. Книгата илюстрираше свят, в който една игра, зад чийто екран се крият анонимни лица, е способна да диктува следващите действията на своите играчи, задавайки им безумни предизвикателства, често рискови за техния живот. И всичко това срещу изкусителни награди, по които все
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reviewed at The Honest Bookclub.

Alright, here's the deal: if a book is going to feature nothing but senseless characters, there needs to be:
- some sort of development
- an acknowledgment that they're behaving like idiots
- ... you know, sense.
The only alternative, really, is adopting a nihilist senselessness-is-all-there-is approach. But given how heavily this book relied on material possessions, fame, voyeurism, looks, boys, looks, boys, and looks... it's hard to say it was going for a nihilist a
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, in-english
What can happen in one night?
How far would you go to get what you want the most?

Nerve was fun, suspensefull and addictive read. The dares were simple and stupid and I enjoyed them (view spoiler) - but only at the beginning. After promising start, the moment they got into final round, Vee’s complaining, her conspiracy theories ruined the fun for good and things escalated little too quickly. No fun, too much drama, boring.

2.5 stars

When I read Nerve in 2013, I ended up really liking it – in fact, I even gave it four stars and added it to my “all-time favourites” list. So now that I’ve finally seen the movie (which was quite good, by the way), I thought it would be the perfect time to do a re-read.

Re-reads come with risks. They can be really fun, but they can also turn some of your favourites into… not-so-favourites. And sadly, this is also the case with Nerve. While the premise still sounds really exciting, the ex
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Elizabeth Sagan
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read Nerve because I’ve seen the trailer and I thought to myself “whoa, that looks amazing!”. It was such an interesting idea, some kind of Hunger Games meets Saw, or at least it should have been, if it weren’t for the light tone and the whiny and boring characters. Long story short, the book was so bad I had no desire to watch the movie anymore. I’ve struggled to finish it, cursing with every page my reluctance to abandon the book I’m reading. Conclusion: below average YA.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
There were parts of this that I really liked, and parts of it that I thought were really dumb. I definitely have higher hopes for the movie though because it seems like the movie is going to have much cooler tasks for the players..... which doesn't really have anything to do with my book review, but there it is. Ha
Kyoko SWords
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Este libro es un mehhh... muy largo y vacío.
O sea, no es que me aburriese. De hecho se lee tan rápido que me leí el 70% en una sentada. El problema fue retomar el 30% que me faltaba... Porque el hecho de que se lea fácil no quiere decir que sea interesante o adictivo. Es un libro que trata de mantenerte en suspenso, pero sus personajes son tan flojos que te da exactamente igual si se mueren, viven, lloran, ríen, etc.
Vee es otro personaje que pasa sin pena ni gloria porque pareciese que un M&
Isaa Jason
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
• ● ■ 3/5 STARS ■ ● •

Genre: Science Fiction(?) > Thriller,Mystery ,YA
WOW: The game setting of NERVE.
EW: The last 100 pages..
POV: 1st-person, female
Love: Yes. Don't really ship it. But also don't rip it. I just don't care.

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 (it's like faceb
Lala BooksandLala
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Whoa, I was totally on the edge of my seat the whole time. If you liked Panic by Lauren Oliver, check this one out too.
crni biser
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Petlja - praktično igra Istina ili izazov, bez onog dela s istinom.Svaki izazov te mami nagradama o kojima sanjaš.Koliko daleko si spreman da ideš za njih?
Knjigu sam uzela da pročitam jer mi se svideo trejler za film i izbor glumaca.Prvih osamdesetak strana mi je bilo nekako zbrzano,konfuzno, čak i dosadnjikavo,sa bezveze izazovima.Nakon toga kreće dobra akcija i dobra radnja.

"Suočila si se sa besnom gomilo
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”

----Rainer Maria Rilke

Jeanne Ryan, an American author, has penned a thrilling debut YA book, Nerve which spins the story of a young teenage girl who is selected to play a set of dares, that will be broadcasted live online in front of the whole nation, along with a hot guy, but soon the game makers throw more daring and life-threatening challeng
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Son 3,5
Me gustó mucho, es adictivo y el concepto del juego genial, re retorcido y la mejor parte es que a pesar de sus horrores nos hace plantearnos si no participaríamos (yo no sé, eh!).
Pero para mí gusto la calidad decae en el final, estuvo bien, pero por como venía la historia esperaba más.
Quiero ver la peli, aunque es muy obvio que es una de esas 100% infieles. De hecho NADA de lo que sale en el trailer pasa en el libro. Sin embargo, par
Maria Espadinha
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Os Escravos dos Media

Se porventura algum dia nos passar pela cabeça participar num desses reality shows tipo "Big Brother" ou outros afins, abdicamos automaticamente do comando das nossas vidas. Adormecemos para acordar não como insectos Kafkianos, mas como marionetes destinadas ao puro entretenimento mediático.
Melhor ou pior, dependerá da perspectiva de análise. ;)

Nerve é uma leitura compulsiva, daquelas de ranger os dentes , onde somos envolvidos numa série de desafios que começam por ser insi
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I missed this movie when it was in the cinema, so when I saw it in the library I thought I would pick it up to read before I eventually saw the film! I hauled it in a Library book haul and someone commented that the book was quite different to the movie, I can only agree from what I see in the trailer, but I can definitely say that I was completely underwhelmed by Nerve and can see how a movie would ramp this up 100% The premise in general sounded really exciting but there was so much to dislike ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vee is used to being the one behind the scenes, she does the costumes for her school production and really wants to go into fashion. But when she feels a bit slighted from her friends she decides to do one of the easier dares from the online game NERVE never expecting it to get any views or be picked for further competition.

With the enticement of bigger and better prizes on the line though Vee finds herself unable to walk away when she's picked to continue on in the competition. Getting paired
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pa opet moram da naglasim da knjiga baš nema veze sa filmom.
Osim toga, cela priča je u akciji, sve se odvija jakooo jako brzo. Nema nepotrebnih opisa, ali možda malo nedostaje i onih "neophodnih". Ne bavi se mnogo likovima, mislim samim karakterom likova, eventualno malo upoznamo Vi jer je knjiga iz njene perspektive, ali ostali, baš ništa. Ja sam se lako poistovetila sa Vi jer nisam nešto mnogo odvažna, tako da sam razumela kako njene razloge za ulazak u igru, tako i reakcije tokom izazova, ali
Jan 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
So at the start of the year I made a problem to myself, if I don't like a book within the first few chapters I'm not going to force myself to carry on reading.

I got onto chapter 3/4, I just don't like it. I don't like the writing, I don't feel anything towards the characters.

I may try and read this in the future but it's not something I'm going to dry for a while.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos2016
No puedo creer lo adictivo que es este libro, no tarde ni 12 horas en terminarlo, en general ha sido una historia que disfrute mucho, creo que lo único que no me gustó fueron esas últimas palabras que me recordaron a muchas películas y la traducción que le hicieron aquí en México.
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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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