Need is Carrie Jones' latest book. Here in LJ Land, we know her as carriejones. You should friend her! She is funny!
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.
NEED is an IndieBound Next Pick for 2009! Yeah! I heart Indiebound (formerly Booksense)!
What the critics say
"Jones easily wins readers to Zara’s side, portraying her as a funny, globally conscious teen who also 'collect[s] fears like other people collect stamps' (obscure phobias serve as chapter titles). Genre fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast." – Publishers’ Weekly
"A fun read, and I can’t wait for more from Carrie Jones…I’m definitely adding Need to my shelves due to the romance, suspense, and monster element. This goes on the list for those who loved Twilight and 'Need' more. I have decided that Carrie Jones NEEDS to continue to write about these characters and add more since I already miss them after finishing Need.” – Diane Chen, School Library Journal
I asked, Carrie answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you used it, in any way, in a book?
C. Seeing people die has been the scariest thing I guess. Yes, I’ve used it twice. I use it a lot in NEED. Zara’s step-dad dies and a lot of her reactions are the same as mine. In GIRL, HERO, Liliana’s step-dad also dies.
Hopefully, I’m done writing about that.
Our house was pretty haunted when I was little. I’m using that right now.
A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
C. My book, NEED, is all about phobias, so that’s so funny you mention it. I feel like such a dork because I didn’t know that about mystery writers. My big phobia is skiing. I am terrified of skiing.
I’m also afraid I’m going to grow old and be all alone and be one of those 90-year-olds that live in a tiny apartment filled with stacks of old newspapers and 82 cats, and I’m so poor that the cats and I both eat kitty wet food.
A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
C. I’m a total sucker for Harold Q. Masur but I think his books are all out-of-print.
A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
C. It asks if we can face our fears and if we can do something we find absolutely abhorrent if it means keeping the people we love safe.
A. Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
C. I’d really like to know the meaning of strudel. Is it desert? Is it pastry? Is it bread? Is it fruit? Is it merely a yummy batch of fat-laden deliciousness in a handy casing?