Author: Carrie Jones
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Summary From Goodreads: 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 following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
One of the nice things about my job is that when I'm doing pure data analysis it's a fairly mind numbing process so I can listen to a book on my ipod while I'm doing it. I listened to Need in two days. The story seems to pull you in because of all the mystery that surrounds the town.
I've never been through something like Zara has so I can't imagine totally shutting down and being sent to Maine just to restart my life. That being said, at least for Zara, I'm not sure if that was a good decision or a bad decision. She's in this new town and meets these new boys to get her out of her funk, but at the same time trouble follows her...in the form of a stalker guy.
I do like Zara as a character. I think she is not necessarily the strong, fierce, heroine type, but she's got a good head on her shoulders and doesn't back down when times get a little tough. The best thing about this novel has to be the side characters. Her grandmother has to be one of my favorite characters; she's spunky and feisty and everything you don't expect from a grandmother. Zara's new friends are also fun and quirky. They add so much life to the story that you can't help but love them.
The storyline is a little different than anything I've read before, but at the same time there were a lot of common themes to other popular YA books on the market. That is not a bad thing and it wasn't overdone in any obvious ways, it's just that when you read enough most novels have common elements as I'm sure you've all noticed.
The story, however, did capture me and I was intrigued to find out the mystery of the town, the people, and this crazy stalker guy.