5 Reasons to Read NERVE by Jeanne Ryan

Reasons to Read Nerve

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
Released: 2012
Series: None
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?

11 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Read NERVE by Jeanne Ryan

  1. Athena~ says:

    I didn’t know there was a book! When I saw the movie trailer I was like “I have to see this movie!” Now I have to read the book as well!


    • Briana says:

      I’m actually pretty excited about the movie, too, even though it’s not usually a genre I would watch. The trailer just looks well done, and I think it’s going to be really entertaining.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ali (@thebandarblog) says:

    You had me at “movie version” – I ALWAYS like reading a book that’s going to be turned into a movie, so that I can watch the movie and be sorely disappointed and blabber on about how books are always better than the movies and why do I ever go to movie adaptations of books because I always hate them. (; … (except this is what I always do, yet I still love reading books so that I can watch the movie version)


    • Briana says:

      I’m usually disappointed by movie versions, as well, but I have some decent hopes for this one based on the trailer. There are some pretty obvious differences in the movie I can see just from watching the trailer, but I think they’re going to be changes that make sense to help it be a really good film adaptation of the book. I could actually see that directly copying the plot in the book to the big screen might not be the best idea, and that picking dares that film better could make it a really fun movie without really changing the spirit of the story.

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    • Briana says:

      I’m usually far more into fantasy movies instead of contemporary, but the trailer just looks so entertaining and well-done! I just need to find someone willing to go with me. I can’t even get someone to watch Finding Dory with me, though. 😦


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