This week we are featuring Denise Jaden because of the release of Never Enough, which is out today! Yesterday I reviewed her first book, Losing Faith, and today Vy is reviewing Never Enough. Tomorrow we are interviewing Denise, so be sure to stop back by then!
Never Enough by Denise Jaden
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 10th, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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?
This review was first posted at Vy's Blog
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.
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Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
This review was provided by Vy:Vy is the blogger behind the YA book blog, Vy's Blog. She’s currently a high school student living in the lovely state of Oregon. Her favorite genres to read are high fantasy, paranormal, and historical fiction. While reading is her absolute favorite thing to do during her free time, she also enjoys playing the guitar and being emotionally damaged while watching The Vampire Diaries. Vy can be found roaming the streets of Portland eating cupcakes, or via email or twitter.
Also Denise shared with us this awesome video about not 'being enough'.