Nerve Review

About the book:


Title: Nerve

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Genre & Age Group: Science fiction, thriller, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco–a high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly in this suspenseful debut

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 it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s 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?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: By rummaging through books at the library😉


Scouring through countless books at the public library, Nerve caught my eye with its appealing cover and its captivating synopsis. Who wouldn’t want to read about a normal teen suddenly playing in a game of dares?

For a quick synopsis, this book follows the perspective of a girl named Vee. When she and her friend Ian hear about NERVE, they submit a crazy audition video, just for the fun of it. But low and behold, they are accepted into the game! But it isn’t an ordinary game– it seems to know Vee pretty well, gaining her an amazing fanbase and a greater chance of winning. It may have seemed fun, but soon enough, the game takes a turn and puts them on a life or death situation- will they be able to conquer it?

Vee… Ugh, Vee. I did not like her character at all. She whined throughout the whole book, and instead of being excited about the game and willing to take risks, she always wanted things to end, and as well, she was beyond terrified of what others thought of her. I appreciate the fact that she didn’t want to let her parents down, but the amount of complaining made by her was just not okay. If you’d like to know exactly how much she whined, then get your hands on this book and flip to a random page, and I’ll bet you Vee is crying, complaining, or just isn’t in a pleasant mood.

Ian was a lot better than Vee, and I really liked how supportive and friendly he was to her. This is another one of those cases where I like one of the side characters more than the protagonist, to tell you the truth. I’d like to hear more about him, pretty please with a cherry on top?!🙏🍧

I loved the message the book seemed to give off about taking risks and appreciating life, but I think it would be a lot better if Vee had actually listened to this advice and developed!

The ending of this book was pretty sudden, and for a standalone, it was pretty cliffhanger-y. I feel like the author wasn’t sure how to end it properly, so she just put a sprinkle on top and said, “there!” I still had a lot of questions, and I hope to see them answered someday, possibly in a sequel…?

All in all, Nerve was pretty interesting, and I enjoyed the premise- but just not Vee! I’d definitely recommend this novel to those looking for a sci-fi story with a cool, thrilling plot. If you pick this book up, Vee will likely get on your nerves, but that shouldn’t ruin a great story for you!😉

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars


8 thoughts on “Nerve Review

  1. Great review! I’ve yet to read the book but I’ve watched the movie recently and it was okay… I would have liked it to have been way more developed and thought out, as it felt pretty rushed and inconsistent. The premise is actually really good! But I feel like it felt super short.

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