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!