Release date: July 10th 2012
by Simon Pulse
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?
Loann’s always been in her sister’s shadow: Her popular, pretty, talented sister. What she doesn’t know is how much her sister is suffering, too. Getting into this novel I could feel compassion for Loann from the moment I met her. Low self esteem is a problem that everyone encounters at one point or other in our lives. Consequently, it’ll be easy for a lot of readers to relate to her and understand how she feels. How she never seems to be good enough. Although shortsighted at times, it’s refreshing how she doesn’t become overly angsty because of these insecurities. In fact, she finds something she’s passionate about and puts her energy into it. Meeting a cute boy who seems to understand her sure helps her attitude as well. Loann is our lone narrator throughout. As the novel begins it’s primarily about her inner critic; her insecurities and lack of self worth. We get to know her on a personal level, building our connection with her. Soon, however, it changes into a story about the ones she loves: her friends and family. Which fits completely since she’s such a caring, selfless person.
The family dynamics in Never Enough are compelling and accurately portrayed for what I consider to be an average family who’s dealing with a serious, misconstrued illness. It constantly changes to reflect the discords and emotional turmoils they face. Some problems are rather cliché, like the absent father and overworked mother, but the emotional energy pouring out, from Loann and Claire’s relationship in particular, is terribly moving.
Subtle at best, the romance is more like a slow ripening friendship. Maybe a bit strange at first, they develop a meaningful connection where they seem to become each other’s support system. Marcus is a loner with a mysterious edge. You can tell he’s carrying a lot of weight, himself, making him hesitant to confide in Loann. For being a supporting role, I love how seamlessly his character falls into place with a meaningful part in the story, adding yet another layer.
In a novel full of unvarnished emotions and ugly truths, Never Enough’s focus on very real, very serious issues will easily get you sucked in. This is not a fun story, nor is it fluffy; it’s solemn and it’s rough. I highly recommend it for those who enjoys these types of weighty contemporary reads.
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