Saturday, June 2, 2012

Book Review : Never Enough by Denise Jaden

Release date: July 10th 2012

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. 

Never Enough is  the sophomore novel from Contemporary YA author Denise Jaden.  Never Enough is the coming-of-age story of Loann, a junior in high school who wants nothing more than to be like her pretty, popular older sister. As Loann starts to see her sister through a new lens she learns Claire's life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The book has a powerful story to tell and gets progressively more intense as we learn about Claire's eating disorder and the sister's relationship. Jaden is a vivid storyteller and at points, you can feel the tangibility of the strain between the sisters.

 Jaden's depictions of Loann's insecurities felt real and authentic. I like how through photography Loann is able to find herself a niche where she is comfortable. However, I had a hard time relating to Loann I wasn't able to see her existence outside of the people who came into her life.

Aside from Loann's issues with her sister, we also follow Loann  as she begins a relationship with  her new school friend, Marcus. At first I wasn't a big fan of their storyline, it felt to cliched. However it grew on me as it went along and I found myself becoming very sympathetic for Marcus.

Never Enough is a great addition to the contemporary genre. It tells the all to important story of perceptions vs. reality, losing control and the things love can and can't save us from.

*Thank you to Denise Jaden for allowing us to read an advanced copy


  1. It sounds like this book covers some very pertinent issues. I think I'll have to add this to my to-read list. Thanks for the review!

    1. Yes, it does deal with some pertinent issues. I'm glad you are going to add it.

  2. This one sounds interesting. I wonder at the things she discovers about her sister as she's coveting her life. But I also wonder at the things she discovers about herself.

    1. I really didn't want to give away to much about the plot. It's a worthwhile read though.

  3. This sounds like an interesting contemporary read. I don't find too many of those that I love, but this certainly sounds like something I would like! (By the way, it was awesome to meet you both at BEA!)

    1. It was great meeting you too ! This is a good contemporary to start with.

  4. This book sounds like a realistic and compelling read. Thanks so much for the great review. I just recently read Knee Deep and it was a very powerful book and now I'm looking for more!

  5. I've got this one on my to read list, so good to know that it is a pretty good read! I'm always looking for great contemporaries that deal with important topics and this sounds like a contender :) Thanks for the review!


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