8/23/12

Never Enough



Author: Denise Jaden
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

  
Summary (from Goodreads)
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?



My Summary: Claire and her sister Loann have always been close. But a few years and opposite social circles separate them, and slowly, Loann feels her sister begin to slip away. What start as a nagging suspicion soon develops into a full-blown realization that Loann's perfect sister is anything but, along with the knowledge that her sister is on an all-consuming downward spiral that can only end one way.

My Thoughts:  I absolutely adored this novel. I started it a few hours ago and just turned the last few pages moments ago, but I know without a doubt that it was one of my favourites for this year. Loann's narrative comes off as plain and unexciting until you read closer and realize just what's going on behind the scenes. The author does a great job subtly hinting at things, building up the references until all is revealed. It was incredibly realistic as well - Loann and Marcus were extremely genuine, relatable characters, and through he entire thing I had hope that they'd get some happiness in the end. This was such an emotional, heartbreaking novel. The writing was beautifully simplistic, and the story was so easy to slip right into from the very first page. I read it all in one sitting and I regret absolutely nothing.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who has ever had someone close to them suffer from an eating disorder, as well as those who enjoy contemporary lit (a little on the edgy side).

3 comments:

  1. Great review. Awesome you had such a strong reaction to the book!

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  2. gr8 review. i lov contemp. i hope i get it soon

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  3. I think this is already on my TBR list. I recognize the cover and the summary sounds familiar. I need to double check and if its not, I need to add it. It sounds really good, and I haven't been reading much contemporary lately. So I need to!

    Great review! Glad you liked it. Sounds amazing.

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