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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
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published 2008)
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la keelskilo du fromage
UPDATE 6/9/19 - Original Review Below

Me: (Coming back and re-reading this review that I wrote while reading an online version of this book at a point in time when I was 17, home from school sick, delirious with fever, and not sleeping like I was supposed to be.) haha lolz

Me: (Getting to the bottom and noticing there's 100+ likes)....oh no what have i done...

Seriously, tho, guys, thnx for the likes. This was...not an intentionally funny review and was very critical and unprofessional in my "feve
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Hannah
Apr 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Shannon
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
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Arminzerella
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Kristi
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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.
Kitty
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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Rachael
Nov 29, 2008 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
AH
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
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Haleema
Jul 03, 2011 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
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Krystle
Nov 29, 2009 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
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Megs ♥
Dec 25, 2011 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
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Jen
Mar 21, 2010 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
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Kayla
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alltimefavs
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 a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still follow
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new_user
Mar 26, 2009 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
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Ronyell
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ronyell by: !!!Books Are My Life!!! Monthly Group Read
Need

“Need” is one of the first paranormal books I have read in my life and I can tell you that I really enjoyed reading this book! “Need” is a paranormal book written by Carrie Jones and it is about how Zara White realizes that a mysterious stranger has followed her from her hometown Charleston to her new home in Maine. “Need” is a brilliant book that will be a huge hit for paranormal fans.

What can I say? Carrie Jones has really brought life to this paranormal romantic story. Carrie Jones has made t
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I read this for The YA Room's Throwback Bingo Challenge!

Challenge Square: Fae

There were lots of things about this book that either confused me, or didn't sit well with me personally. Each chapter is named after a type of phobia and for someone like myself who has an anxiety disorder and lots of fears, it was a little uncomfortable but that is just me personally. Zara lives with her grandmother after the death of step-father and things go well, until she feels that someone is stalking her. After
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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.



Angie
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
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
Sharrol
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jay G
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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1.5 Stars

Zara White has just been shipped to Maine to live with her Grandmother after she watches her stepfather die of a heart attack. She believes that she has a stalker following her and now he's shown up in Maine as well. The strange thing is, he leaves gold dust every where he goes. With the help of her new friends, she tries to discover what he wants and how to stop him.

This boo
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Kat
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really good read. I am a huge paranormal romance fan, so I am always looking for new and interesting series and "Need" did not disappoint! I thought it had some similarities to "Twilight", which was not a bad thing, since I enjoyed "Twlight"... Zara getting sent off to live with a relative she isn't as familiar with, new school, all new friends, cold, isolated setting in the North, this guy who seems really interested in her but also aloof and distant... but also had enough difference ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

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
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These Violent Delights (Robin)
I really enjoyed this reread. I love the characters (not so much the love interest, I mean, I liked him throughout much of this book but there are little things he does that have made me reexamine his character)

I love Zara, I like her grandma, I love Issie & Devyn. I loved the different types of beings in this book (ie, Pixies, WereTigers, WereWolves, Werebirds, etc.)

I just really liked this book. Can't wait to reread Captivate next.
Dinjolina
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
I hate this book.
It was so...
So...
Well cheesy.
My head hurt from it.
The phobia thing was nice.
But all the rest?
Gosh!
Horrible!
Annie Brewer
May 14, 2011 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
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
I never knew how many kinds of phobias there are in the world! I might have half of them! LOL... but the storyline is kind-of like Twilight, with some differences but still, kind of the same. A new girl in a cold town, a new-old car, the hot guy who never liked anyone but her, who can't seem to read her, the girl hates cold weather, then she get hurts and goes to the hospital... You see where I'm going with this?



I don't know, the dialog is so bad, they keep repeating everything, and I knew every
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Jennifer
Mar 21, 2009 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
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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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. : /
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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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