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GUIZE. GUIZE. This was so good.
I want to start with the cover. I know we're supposed to reserve our judgment for covers until we've gotten to the meat of a book, but holy effin crap. You think that image up there is intense? The real live in-person cover has a linear RAINBOW holo on it. It's freaking gorgeous and even if I didn't enjoy the story, I'd want my own copy to hold and sit on my shelves and love.
But the fact is that NERVE absolutely lived up to my expectations. Not only the standard set by the pretty, but also my own standards regarding the suspense, tension, and "un-putdownability." The story starts quickly enough and as soon as Vee took her first dare, I was hooked. On the edge of my seat, biting my nails hooked.
Vee was a fantastic protagonist. In the early stages of the book, I had some character issues, though. It seemed to me that Vee was stuck in that cycle perpetuated by many YA authors, of hating her best friends. We've all seen the trope before: the heroine is ugly and twisted with jealousy of her so-called friend, the friend is uber-bitch-queen, and we're all left wondering why they're pretending to be friends in the first place. I was really angry at NERVE for incorporating this woman on woman hateful stereotype. But the growth of character Vee experiences is beyond exponential, veers into tangible, and is so evident that it made me love her even more. Vee is not without faults, but you can tell that she is compassionate and thoughtful.
Syd, Vee's best friend who I was sure I was going to hate, grew on me as well. At first, because of Vee venomous attitude, I had painted Syd in that same unflattering light of stereotypical mean girl. She is pretty, and talented, and steals the show - quite literally. But beneath the veneer of queen bee is a truly loyal and loving friend. She sacrifices a great deal to stand by Vee no matter what. It warmed my heart to see a real friendship like this in a YA book, where so many YA relationships are more like frienemies than anything else.
The other side characters, namely Tommy and Ian, are wonderfully drawn, too. They each have their own motivations to join in on the daring game, Nerve. It was refreshing to experience such deep characters with rich stories of their own.
My favorite aspect of NERVE was the paranoia and tension. With the limited perspective of first-person, we only know what Vee knows (and even then, not always. Vee has her own secrets she's hiding.) We are constantly second-guessing each revelation, and along with Vee, I had no idea what was real, what was manufactured, and who I could trust. NERVE really did have me guessing the whole way through.
NERVE, while mysterious and tense and nerve-wracking, is also host to loveable characters, and heart-warming friendships. With an open ending, there is room for a sequel, but it is also tied up well enough to be left alone. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire ride, and I highly recommend this book to... everyone. Those who love action, those who love suspense, those who want their characters to be like close friends. NERVE has something for everyone.