- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (July 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442429070
- ISBN-13: 978-1442429079
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With well-developed complications and the convincing realism of daily life... this novel ably leads readers through a rocky terrain of contemporary teen problems."
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About the Author
Denise Jaden has been a professional Polynesian dancer, a fitness competitor, a mushroom farmer, a church secretary, and a homeschooling mom. Losing Faith was her first novel. She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and son. Visit her online at DeniseJaden.com or on Twitter at @DeniseJaden.
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The synopsis mentions betrayal. I did not see betrayal. I saw a teenage girl so in need of attention that she wasn't thinking at all. Loann was self-conscious, insecure and she had a serious case of low self-esteem (I blame her parents for that), but she didn't always let her fear keep her from speaking up when necessary. She was stronger than she thought she was.
It didn't take long to figure out what was going on with Claire. I wanted to know what was going to happen with her, but I was more interested in Marcus. What was going on in his personal life that he didn't want to tell? Wanting the answer to this question is what kept me reading. And then once I knew, I kept reading to see what Marcus was going to do next and how his relationship with Loann was going to turn out.
I liked this story from the beginning, even though it moved at a slow pace and took a while to pick up. Jaden did a good job of capturing the nervousness and awkwardness a teenage girl experiences when she doesn't know if a guy likes her or not. The author also tackles eating disorders and domestic abuse realistically. Her story gives teenage girls important things to think about concerning popularity, body image and premarital sex. It also has a lesson for parents who favor one child over another. As the author shows, it can cause serious issues in the life of the 'favorite' as well as the one who doesn't get enough attention.
Favorite Character: Marcus
Favorite Line (sad, but says it all): Claire would always overshadow me. My life wasn't as important as hers.
First of all - the family dynamic. The family in Never Enough was so screwed up and broken, but I could tell they all loved each other and just didn't know how to come together as a family to deal with Claire's eating disorder. Like with Losing Faith, Denise Jaden was really able to spotlight how differently people handle tough situations.
And Denise Jaden did such an amazing job portraying Claire's eating disorder. Claire didn't come off as some spoiled teenager trying to lose a few pounds - she was very clearly battling with some sort of mental illness, which I really appreciated because that's what it is. And the way the family reacted to it was so accurate. I loved Loann's little barbs and pokes before she realized how serious it was because that is such a sister thing to do.
I loved how Never Enough was about Claire and her eating disorder, but it also wasn't. Loann had her own life and her own friends and I love the focus on her and Marcus. I thought their side story was very well done and a crucial part to Never Enough. Loann came off as a little selfish at some points, but it never really bothered me - she just seemed like a typical teenage girl who never really got enough attention and struggled with being in her sister's shadow.
I read all 400 pages of Never Enough by Denise Jaden through the cracked screen of my iPad (which felt oddly appropriate). Never Enough is a compelling and heartbreaking story that had me sobbing by the end.
I think that I've only read about people with eating disorders from inside the mind of the one with the disorder, and as someone who has struggled with anorexia and bulimia in high school, I can relate with this, I know that sort of pain. What is new here is the narrator, Loann is the sister of Claire, the one with the eating disorder. You get a whole new perspective of the pain of not being able to get through to the one dealing with the food and body image perception issues. Loann is the first to notice, and she doesn't really know how to help or what to do, she also doesn't know the extent of the problem.
It is hard to read about how each sister admires and is jealous of the other, they don't see their own beauty and perfections, only their flaws. I think that is so common though. Many have such self esteem issues that they don't know how to find the good in themselves.
I also love the character of Marcus. He is such a perfect and frustrating nerd/love interest/friend. But it is so genuine. He has so much to hide but also so much to offer. I love his interactions with Loann, their sarcasm and dry humor towards one another, and how they slowly build their friendship one piece at a time. I know he's shy and like I said, has things to hide, but it is frustratingly cute how slow he is to admit his feelings and act on them. I love his sweet gestures like the photo developing supplies, and the cutout picture too.
Never Enough was well paced and kept my attention the whole time, even when I felt like I needed a box of tissues beside me. Loann is a fighter and I admire her, and I hate that Claire had to go down such a hard and sad road, she really broke my heart. The love in here is true to life and I appreciated the different take on it.
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