After hearing about the movie being made based on the novel, I thought it was about time to read Jeanne Ryan’s standalone YA novel, Nerve. This book follows Vee as she is picked to play NERVE, an anonymous game where players do dares that are broadcasted live. At first, she enjoys it. She’s winning prizes that she could have only dreamed of having before, and she’s partnered with a perfect guy, Ian. But Vee and Ian start to get suspicious after NERVE seems to know every personal detail of their lives, and uses it against them. Nerve is a very interesting and entertaining novel in the beginning of the book, but loses it’s thrill by the end.
The first half of Nerve is very different from the second half. The first half of the book has complicated characters, comic relief, and a fresh storyline. However, the second half is not so great. The characters suddenly change with no explanation, the action and conflict become cheesy, and the storyline has many unexplained plot holes. If this book was excellent throughout the entire story, I would give it a 5/5.
I would still recommend this book to people who enjoy action and thriller books.