Reviewed by Melanie on July 26, 2017


Ever played truth or dare? For the characters in Nerve their night quickly becomes an extreme game of Truth or Dare, with the emphasis on the dares.

Vee is the quite one of her drama club group. Wanting a career in fashion, she’s a star behind the curating. When Vee feels betrayed by her friend she decides to sign up for a preliminary dare on the popular reality show Nerve.

The premise of the book is interesting and really focuses on the “they’ll do anything” aspect of some people’s desire to become famous. Vee really isn’t pulled into the game until she realizes that winning can literally make all her dreams come true.

Vee as a character is whiny and selfish. Her success of the game is largely due to Ian’s quick thinking. While Vee is a player in her own right, her constant self doubt and lack of commitment to the game itself (I’m done after this dare; OMG! The shows I love!) bothered me throughout the book. Overall she grows throughout the story, and that ends up lending itself to a satisfying, if not unexpected ending.

Ian, while my favorite character, is pretty untrustworthy overall. We barely learn anything about him except that he wants to escape.

Overall I enjoyed the book. The high action parts are described in a way that gets your heart pumping waiting to find out what happens. The end was unexpected and made it easy to appreciate the unique storyline.

Note: Shortly after finishing the book I watched the movie. The movie is not really like the book other than the game and the character names. Feel free to watch it before reading!

Nerve Book Cover Nerve
Jeanne Ryan
Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery
Blackstone Audiobooks
February 1, 2015

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly 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 its exhilarating Vee and Ians 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?With NERVE, debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an intensely gripping suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.

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