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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,936 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Young Narrator: Hannah Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780062069863
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We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.

Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautiful, poignant, and gripping tale of love and sacrifice.”

    Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  • “A gripping narrative drive that takes hold in the second half, leading up to an ending that thrives in its complexity. A Need So Beautiful will be an appealing addition to any paranormal collection.”


  • “Clever and well-written…Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but certainly the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression on those we touch is a very human concern.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Although the message of this exquisite fantasy is deeply and spiritually profound, the author manages to convey it without sounding preachy or pretentious. Charlotte is an exceptionally likable character who demonstrates an extraordinary amount of personal growth as she learns to accept her fate. The ending is beautiful, although bittersweet. A unique take on the age-old struggle of good vs. evil.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Gripping…Charlotte’s bleak tale provides an imaginative twist on the timeless battle between dark and light and, of course, sets up a potential sequel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A need so beautiful is equal parts haunting mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, and epic love story. Charlotte’s story captured me—and still hasn’t let me go!”

    Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Dunn | 11/27/2013

    " I read this in a day. I really didn't know where it was going, but what a concept by the end. Good, fast read. One almost-sex scene and some references to death, but overall pretty safe for 13 and above. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 FragmentsofInk | 5/21/2013

    " Wow. Totally hot read...barely put it down. Amazing characters and unique story plot...I cried straight through a few chapters, and laughed out loud during others. Full review on the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/7/2013

    " The book held my interest, but I was most intrigued by the last page. I guess I'll have to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 12/12/2012

    " So beautiful and sad. I cried at the end, but I would have been disappointed if it had ended any other way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 11/24/2011

    " I am dying to get my hands on the sequel. I'm pretty wary about the paranormal romance genre because Twilight has basically become the poster child for it. But I adore this book. The plot was fascinating. I need to know what happens next! I need to read the sequel!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 6/16/2011

    " Loved the ending of this book. Four days later, I still get choked up when I think about it. Fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celestial | 6/12/2011

    " It was a good summer read. Nothing earth shattering, but fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maricela | 5/16/2011

    " Not what I expected. At the beginning I was going to give a 4, then I continued reading a 4.5, and now a 5. The story was really good, I didn't know what was going to be happening. I haven't read a book before with a similar plot so I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/13/2011

    " Beautiful story full review to come..loved romance of harlin and charlotte. Beautiful cover "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/13/2011

    " From the cover I didn't think I was going to like this book. I knew it was some sort of angel-ish book, and I'm a little tired of angels at the moment. But the story was so lovely, and so moving. Any book that makes me cry gets five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne/MA | 4/9/2011

    " Really interesting premise - about love, and Need and remembrance. Made me cry. Still absorbing it. "

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About the Author
Author Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, and A Need So Beautiful.