Need by Carrie Jones
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.
The first thing that called my attention of this book was the fact that people said it was similar to Twilight. It's true that at the beginning the main scenery was practically the same:
A girl who is sent to a remote village covered everywhere by snow, strange things happen, etc; but apart of this, the book is a completely new story.
Zara is a strong character who collects phobias. Yeah you read well, PHOBIAS. Every chapter opened with the name of a phobia, I learnt about a lot of phobias I didn't know even existed- I love this one: Didaskaleinophobia -> fear of going to school. ^^
The main characters, Zara and Nick were great but I felt that the secondary characters were flat, I mean, we don't get to know them very well and they don't really seem to show well their feelings. Betty, Devyn and Issie are there, and they could have had a more important roll in the story but I felt like I didn't have enough information of them to consider them more than accompaniment characters.
Another fact that bothered me was that sometimes, when Zara talked about her father it felt confusing because I didn't know if she was talking about his biological father or about her adoptive father.
Overall: Leaving this to one side, I enjoyed this book, the story was a little fast at some points but it didn't interfere in the reading.
Need by Carrie Jones