A Need So Beautiful is a teen paranormal book. But don’t expect the typical romantic ending. In fact, you will be surprised in how it does end.
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s not being honest with him. Then Charlotte discovers what’s really wrong with her: 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. Charlotte has never wanted this responsibility 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.
Young’s book contains some mature subject matter such as abuse and consuming alcoholic beverages. Also, Charlotte and her boyfriend are very close. Ahem. But the language seems to be okay and the overall descriptions of these subjects is not too detailed. I would only recommend for an older teen and up.
What did this book have to do with my faith? Charlotte helps strangers. In fact, the impulse to help others is so incredibly strong that she feels ill when she doesn’t help those she is guided toward. The difference between what Charlotte experiences and what God directs me to do as a Christian is that I can fight the impulse to help others. I will most likely not be ill if I don’t help others. Also, I don’t usually just leave my home and travel in the middle of the night to confront someone I have never met and help to turn their life around. However, I am asked to help those I meet, give a cup of cold water or clothe the naked. Feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned. Smile. Be friendly. Invite folks to church. Share my faith. These are not exactly impulses but they need to be second nature to me if I am truly following Christ.
I highly recommend this book.