Nerve-Jeanne Ryan

Nerve

Jeanne Ryan 

Dial, Sep 13 2012, $17.99

ISBN: 9780803738324

 

High school junior “Little” Vee is the one who hides behind the curtain designing costumes and applying makeup to others.  Matthew challenges her to audition at a prelim Dare for a spot on the popular Nerve reality show that fans pay a fee to watch.  Deciding to enter, she pours cold water on her T-shirt; her friend Tommy sends her Dare to the show.

 

Now she, Ian and several other chosen ones team up and back stab as they begin taking on challenges with coveted customized prizes as their rewards.  The stunts increasingly turn dangerous as each participant debases themselves in the not so friendly competition.

 

Nerve is an unnerving thriller as Jeanne Ryan asks readers how far someone will go for fame and fortune.  The storyline is frantically-paced as Vee and the other contestants seemingly answer that question with anything though psychologically what motivates each of them is not very clear.  With a nod to Chuck Barris’s Gong Show and Andy Warhol’s wry comment “In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame”, fans will relish this insightful look at the contestants inside the coliseum.

 

Harriet Klausner

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