Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Nerve” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.32  ·  Rating details ·  25,415 ratings  ·  3,483 reviews
Black Mirror meets Pretty Little Liars in this novel full of action, suspense and hot romance. Also a major motion picture starring Emma Roberts!

Are you playing the game, or is the game playing you?

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

Vee doesn't know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an online game of high-stakes dares. With Ian on her team, it's easy to agree
Paperback, Movie Tie-In, 294 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (first published September 13th 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Nerve, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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 c…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. Perha…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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.32  · 
Rating details
 ·  25,415 ratings  ·  3,483 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Nerve
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
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, horror, romance
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 “watch
rachel ☾
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 no spark. I could not connect with her. I found her decisions incredibly irritating. I understand that she has a shy and timid personality... so I guess
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)
Find all of my reviews at:

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
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
Becca & The Books
I picked this one up because I was interested in the movie, and a book about an online game of dares with crazy high stakes and spectacular prizes sounded like a fun time, I can't lie.

Sadly, Nerve disappointed me. Literally the only thing I expected from it was that it would be exciting, with tension building as the dares progressed. But the dares in here... are not high stakes? A couple of them would be mildly embarrassing most were just sleazy and the final one was just a group of people screa
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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  ·  review of another edition
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, bor
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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 ...more
Lala BooksandLala
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.
Elizabeth Sagan
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.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqiap, young-adult
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
Nerve is one of those books... that should've just been a movie. I liked the movie WAY better than this book and I'm pretty sure I took a nap during it.

Now I have no idea if it was the character, because she reminded me of that horrible four horsemen series, or if it was just her. Vee was just meh in my eyes. Yeah, I liked her a little bit here or there.. but other than that, she wasn't really memorable to me. She definitely frustrated me to no end when dealing with certain decisions. I'm sure
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
• ● ■ 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 facebook
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The only things worth mentioning about this book: the movie was better and it sadly deserves its low rating.
“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
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 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-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
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Nerve was not the exciting action packed book I hoped it would be. I had a LOT of problems with it.

Nerve is about an anonymous online game, which is basically truth or dare, without the truth option. Each person can complete dares to earn prizes and money, and the best ones advance to the grand prize round. High school Junior Vee is typically more of a “behind the scenes” type of person, and never dreamed of ever entering Nerve. When she’s snubbed by the boy she likes, she decides she needs a ch
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
that ending tho??? why is this a stand-alone and not a series??

Anyways! I absolutely LOVE books who have this real-life-game setting and I find it so interesting to read about. 4 stars.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I still agree with the things I said in this review, but it was one of my first reviews, it was very amateur-like. I've deleted the most of it because I mainly just rant at everything in this book, I'm keeping the last part because it sums up the whole book in a paragraph.

The original review has been mostly deleted but the bits I didn't delete are in italics.
Me to this book:


So I deleted 1000 words here because all I do is rant, rant, rant in them...
...And then this part:

The MC promises not
Claudia Libri
This is the first time that the movie is better than the film. Nothing to add...

You can find the entire review on
Veronica Morfi
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was pretty intense. No wonder they turned it into a movie. I can't wait to watch it. :) ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • This Is Not the End
  • Damaged Goods (Blank Slate, #2)
  • Genesis Girl (Blank Slate, #1)
  • Remember Me Always
  • The Fix
  • Awakening (Sweep, #5)
  • Ciudades de humo (Fuego #1)
  • Koronkowa robota. Sprawa Gorgonowej
  • Love Song. Wo auch immer du bist
  • Dogge
  • Dark Magick (Sweep, #4)
  • Song of the Northwoods
  • Blood Witch (Sweep, #3)
  • Cincuenta sombras de Gregorio
  • The Coven (Sweep, #2)
  • Cloud
  • Posibilidades
  • Invisible (Smith High, #2)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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

Related Articles

  As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of...
33 likes · 3 comments
“we've learned an interesting rule about fame. Those who seem desperate for it are the people that others least want to see.” 17 likes
“Why should I pay to watch when I can be paid to play?” 14 likes
More quotes…