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Inspiration for the major motion picture starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco--a high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly in this suspenseful debut
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE.
After deciding to challenge herself to move beyond her usual behind-the-scenes comfort zone, Vee gets involved in a reality-style online game, NERVE, which requires players to take on increasingly bizarre and personality-distorting dares. The audience, termed Watchers, votes and comments via text messages, and Vee becomes a sensation—and finds herself being stalked. Ryan has created a credible game, as well as a realistic character and narrator in Vee. She is less successful in weaving together credible plot threads. Vee seems to crush on every guy she meets, from “normal” classmate Matthew to NERVE partner Ian and even brilliant but recently dismissible Tommy, and while these four receive essential character development, Vee’s girlfriends remain mostly ciphers. Still, readers will likely remain tightly keyed into questions about what is going to happen to Vee herself, who is reminiscent of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, translated into an American high-school girl. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith
Praise for NERVE by Jeanne Ryan
“Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.” Publishers Weekly
"Ryan questions the nature of entertainment and explores the concept of privacy in a world of increasingly sophisticated social media. Teens will find themselves drawn in by the story's possibilities, and unNERVEd by its outcome. Give this to Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games fans (Scholastic, 2008)." -School Library Journal
"The commentary on today's life-as-public-spectacle society is sound. The pacing is relentless, and readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page." -Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will remain tightly keyed into questions about what is going to happen." -Booklist
"An original, page-turning novel that offers a slice of pop culture that gives a whole new meaning to the trendy, reality-television genre." -VOYA
LA Times Fall 2012 roundup of young adult fiction
About the Author
Jeanne Ryan lives in Seattle, Washington.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazon Customer
Well, I liked it. The movie had more drama and action. This book is obviously written by someone a bit too old to really understand the current teenager generation. The whole thing just feels slightly disgenuine. It's obviously going for a "big brother is watching" age of information horror vibe. It kind of fails epically at that.
At the end of the day, you've just got to form your own opinion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
By The Word Nerdess
I jumped into this read after seeing the movie trailer. The premise looked interesting, and my general rule is always read the book before watching the movie. I didn't have high expectations, so I wasn't too disappointed. The plot had great potential, but overall, it just wasn't well-developed. As others have mentioned in their reviews, it feels like a mash-up between Lauren Oliver's Panic, The Selection, and The Hunger Games.
My two biggest disappointments with the book were 1) the cliche characters and interactions, and 2) the writing style. The main character Vee is, of course, your average high school girl who works behind the scenes, literally. She helps with the plays at her school, she feels overlooked, and she's crushing on an attractive loser. Her best friend is the school knockout who takes center stage, also literally. After quickly getting over loser guy, she falls lightning-fast for mysterious Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome (Ian). Quiet and smart guy Tommy is not okay with this, of course, because he likes Vee but doesn't tell her. (Public Service Announcement: Good communication between opposite sexes circumnavigates a lot of problems, but that wouldn't make for an interesting plot now, would it?)
More on Vee: Vee is short for...what? Veronica maybe? Nope. Venus, as in the other name for the goddess Aphrodite. Average girl Vee's real name is Venus, naturally. (*facepalm*) Vee also has tension with her parents because they think she tried to commit suicide because she almost died after falling asleep in the garage with her car still running. And for some reason, this is a big hush-hush secret. Why would her parents not believe her, and why wouldn't people assume it was an accident? There's nothing in her life that hints at a cause for depression or suicidal tendencies. It's confusing. It's also confusing why Ian sees her as the cat's pajamas and the bee's knees, but why should this be surprising? The hot guy and the average Jane character always end of together, miraculously. The author also quickly reveals that Ian's dark secret was that he was abused in the past as a kid, but it's a topic that's only briefly mentioned and not further developed. (Ian reminded me quite a bit of Tobias from Divergent, but not as well-developed of a character.)
The dares Vee and Ian take on are also a little extreme. For one dare, Vee has to pretend to be a hooker and snag a potential client for a certain amount of money. During her stunt as a street walker, she gets cussed out, offered help from a minister who thinks she's actually a young girl in trouble, and solicited by a *drumroll* cop. So she has to run from the cops for a crime she wasn't actually doing. It's all really stupid...except...
That it's believable. As I kept reading the book, I kept thinking this is really dumb what these kids are doing, but this could happen. In the age of internet stardom and materialism, people would do these dares today. And I think that is what intrigued me the most, that this could actually be a reality.
Ok, the writing style: There are some super awkwardly written sentences describing the attraction between Vee and Ian. Here are some of my "favorite":
"That Ian guy strokes my fingers like a mini harp."
"He tastes like berries, the kind you can't get enough of."
"I'm not sure how much I can trust him yet. Certainly not with my life, but probably with certain parts of my body." (This one just makes me want to slap Vee.)
I also don't know what the point of the prologue is. What happens to that girl? Is she shot? Does she survive? The book also ends on a slight cliff hanger that's not resolved. It leaves the book open to a sequel.
Basically, all this is to say the ideas were interesting, but poorly executed. I think the movie might be good, and this is one of those strange and sad instances when I hope the movie is better than the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazon Customer
I think I had high hopes for this book, I'd seen it advertised at the cinema and thought the story line looked really intriguing. Unfortunately it just fell flat, I found i was getting bored and just wanted the book to be finished. Needless to say I won't be rushing out for the next book in the series.