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Review: Never Enough by Denise Jaden

Monday, July 2, 2012
Never Enough by Denise Jaden
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Simon Pulse, 400 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Source: Publisher, eGalley
Buy It: Powell's


From the author of Losing Faith, a novel about two sisters and the eating disorder that threatens to destroy their family.
Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship —and her sister—before it’s too late?

Never Enough tells a heart wrenching story of a family being torn apart by an eating disorder. Throughout Loann's life she looked up to as well as envy her sister, Claire. Her sister had everything she wanted which made Loann feel as if she was living under her sister's shadow.

The main part that made everything fall apart was everyone's constant look for flaws. Loann's whole family was unknowingly obsessed with finding flaws and trying to cover them up. The relationship everyone had with each other in this story was deep and raw, but I wanted just a bit more detail that wasn't about the strain and difficulties. I understood that Loann's relationship and Claire was built around envy, but I wanted to know about the sister relationship without that. I wanted to know a rounder image on their behaviors with each other.

While life continued to go downward for Loann, she managed to find a true friend in the situation that kept her grounded. Marcus, her locker neighbor, was a character that I'm stil not sure how I feel about. He's the guy everyone enjoys picking on and the one that not a lot of people seem to care about. He does have issues of his own besides the bullying. The more Loann and Marcus' relationship developed the more his own issues and problems were revealed. Although I didn't exactly enjoy Marcus as I character, I did enjoy his interactions with Loann.

Never Enough was full of tough problems that continued to develop throughout the story. I didn't realize what a heavy read this was going to be, and I was not prepared for all of those emotions. Denise Jaden wrote a powerful story that only grows more intense by the page.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5


  1. Thanks for the honest review, Vy. I have this one on my shelf and I have been seeing quite a few mixed reviews about it. I think I will check it out but I will have to try to keep my expectations low.

  2. I'm so eager to get my hands on this book - I'm actually on the look out for a heavy read, I like books that make me think about life. There is a lack of YA books that deal with eating disorders and I think I'd enjoy this one. And it must be irritating that the family try so desperately to cover their flaws. Thanks for the honest review, Vy!

  3. Hmm I really loved the cover on this one, so I was interested in it for that, but after reading your review, I may save this one for library checkout. I hate it when I can't connect with a guy or understand certain characters motivations! But thank you for the great review, Vy. :) You're a star!

  4. I requested this book on Netgalley but they've ignored the request forever! I think the cover of this book is amazing but the story does sound really heavy. I'm still curious, but am definitely taking into account that you weren't IN LOVE with this book. Great review, Vy!


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