About the Book
When high school junior Vee signs up to be a player in the popular online game NERVE, based on “Truth or Dare” with only dare as an option, she has no idea how far she will have to go to stay in the game.
Author: Jeanne Ryan
My Review: Read it here.
Five Reasons You Should Read NERVE
1. It’s an action-packed YA thriller.
Based on a game where players must complete extreme dares to win huge prizes, this book is sure to be exciting. It isn’t afraid to flirt with illegality, sexuality, or a number of other lines either.
2. Vee is a relateable protagonist.
Vee is not the type of girl to audition for a dare-based reality TV show. She’s responsible, loyal, known for her level head. Yet she also has the sneaking suspicion being “steady” is the same as being boring. When she has the chance to be spontaneous and bold, she thinks she should take it.
3. It tackles big themes.
Sure, NERVE is exciting. But it’s also thoughtful. It explores what how people behave when they’re put on TV and what lengths people are willing to go to to win big prizes. It also touches on the potential dangers of living our lives online and making ourselves into publicly available personas.
4. You won’t see the twists coming.
Sure, the book tagline suggests the game isn’t quite what it seems and things are going to get dangerous for Vee, but readers will never guess how, and they’ll be as confused as Vee is trying to figure out who she should trust.
5. The movie adaptation is being released July 27, 2016 (USA).
Starring Emma Roberts as Vee and Dave Franko as love interest Ian, the movie will follow the two teenagers as they complete increasingly wild dares for bigger and bigger prizes. The trailer does suggest some of the dares will be different from those in the book (and they seem to have made Vee and Ian 18 just to clear any legal problems with sexual dares), but the result certainly looks heart-pounding. Watch the official trailer here.
Will you be reading NERVE this summer?