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Never Enough

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,195 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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 C
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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I can't say that I know a whole lot about eating disorders, but this is not the first book I read in the matter so I know enough to realize it's a very misunderstood disease. It's a monster that takes over the body; an ugly, nasty monster that consumes it. Some people think they're simply being selfish, wanting attention, or completely mad to continue eating habits that have a negative affect on their health to the point of no return, or death. But this is a real mental illness. It takes over yo ...more
Farah Jay
I have been staring at my screen for about five minutes now, not knowing how to start this review. I guess I'll just start with the boring stuff, and introduce the characters. Not that the characters are boring, but you know what I mean. The main protagonist, Loann, is quite your average teenage girl. Though being compared to her sister Claire, she's not so average anymore. Loann's sister, Claire, is pretty and popular. So instead of Loann just being a normal teenager, she's always "Claire's lit ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
4.5 stars

When I finished this book I basically just wanted to scoop up Loann and Marcus and hug them and put them in a protective bubble so that nothing could ever hurt them again. Because, really, people should not have to go through what they went through. And sadly... of course people actually go through scenarios like that. That’s probably the worst part. But do not despair, because despite the sad situations in this book it’s not entirely a downer. The connection that Loann and Marcus forms
Note: I received an ARC of this book from S&S GalleyGrab.

If "Never Enough" had been shaved off by about 100 pages, I think it would've been a much better book in terms of getting to its respective premise and message. Granted, it tackles quite many tough issues - from domestic abuse to eating disorders to a family spiraling out of control. In the center of it all is Luann, a young woman who struggles to make herself more prominent in a life where it seems she's invisible.

At almost 400 pages,
Denise Jaden
Nov 11, 2011 Denise Jaden added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book changed my life! Seriously, it did. And I hope it is impacting for you as well. I'll be blogging more about my process of writing it as the publication date approaches.
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Never Enough sneaked up on me and took me by surprise. Neither the blurb, nor the beautiful bright cover have prepared me for the intensely emotional ride I was taken on. Dealing with issues like eating disorders, physical abuse, and the fragility and meaning of life, it's a character-driven, powerful novel that is sure to resonate with its readers. Jaden's evocative an
This book frustrated me on many levels. I would rate this lower, but there are enough redeeming qualities that will make this title appealing to many readers.

Loann is the younger daughter, and her sister Claire has always been the popular girl. The perfect one. Her sister's boyfriend, Josh, is the kind of guy Loann would love to have as a boyfriend but she knows he's off limits. Here's the thing: Claire harbors many secrets, and throughout the story, we begin to learn what they are.

While there'

Let’s face facts… Loann could twists just about any drama around her and make it about her. ‘Oh, Marcus is stoically being all silent boy independent and closed mouthed about his problems.’ Boohoo. Does this mean he hates me? Or, ‘oh, my sister is laughing about something with her friends.’ Does this mean she’s really laughing at me behind my back..ergh… to my face but from a distance? Then take: ‘oh dear, my mother is worried about what’s become of our family.’Does she really have to ask
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
This is a powerful novel dealing gracefully with very sensitive subjects. It is gritty and tough to read at points because of all of the issues the characters I came to love were dealing with. It is hard stuff, stuff that teens should never have to deal with but they do everyday. Bullying, peer pressure, abuse, and eating disorders. We see how things effect the families and recipients of these tough issues and how painful and lonely it can be.
I think that I've only read about people with eati
I've been waiting to read this book since last year. Even before it came out. And I finally got to read it today.

This book... was sad. Not depressing but sad. The entire story moved me. I swear a few times I almost cried. Along with it being sad it was wonderfully written. And thats basically why this book is five stars.

The story is about Loann, a girl who's always been an outsider and in the shadow of her perfect sister Claire. She's always heard "Claire this" and "Claire that" She's always had
Katrina Burchett
Loann doesn't like herself. She'd rather be like her sister, Claire. She wants Claire's looks, her popularity and maybe even her boyfriend, Josh.

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 thoug
Loann looks up to her sister Claire so much she wants to be just like her: pretty and popular. Loann doesn't see herself as either of those, so being just like her older sister would be perfect. But then some things happen, and soon Loann is flirting with Claire's ex-boyfriend. She wants to feel special for once in her life, but as she slowly makes her way into Claire's world she realizes that nothing is as it seems. That Claire's quest for perfection consumes her and comes at a dangerous price. ...more
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I haven't read Losing Faith but I sure will because Denise Jaden's writing just blew me away. Never Enough is her second book, and it is one heck of a story. I immediately fell in love with this contemporary– and even though it's not fluffy, it's definitely perfect for summer!
What I found deeply satisfying with this novel was the fact that the author took it from her own personal experience in the matter of eating disorders. She had f
I have to say, this book is a major improvement from this author's first book. This book portrays the truths of life, Never enough gave its readers, the truth flat out, because life in reality never is fair, I first thought that this book tries to hard to fill the story with tragedy after tragedy but the truth is, life never paces itself now does it?. The addiction and disorders of trying to manage and be contempt with your self image. The tragedy of falling for the wrong guy and how people are ...more
Never Enough by Denise Jaden was by far the best book I have read this past year. Her writing style was similar to one of my favorite authors, so I easily understood and felt connected to some sections of the book. Denise Jaden uses a lot of dialogue and great description to paint a picture in the reader’s mind, which is why it led me to rate this book a whole 5 stars.

Never Enough is about two sisters, with an unexplainable bond; Claire is the gorgeous, popular one and Loann, who can’t see her
I really liked this book in the first 300+ pages, but then I found myself skimming it until the end. I felt Loann's pain and I completely understood how overshadowed she felt by her older sister (despite the fact that in our family, I AM the older sister). Because of this book, I actually found myself thinking, "What if my little sister feels this way?" So with Loann, I felt so completely fascinated by her and her sister's character and I found myself deeply engrossed in the story. The writing w ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Jennika rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennika by: Giselle
This was a pretty hefty and deep read for being a contemporary young adult novel. The issues brought up were heart wrenching and realistic.

Loann and Claire's relationship was hard at times, but the sisterly love was always there. I enjoyed them as characters, as well as Marcus.

By the end it was so emotional and sad, I couldn't help but tear up.

Even the author's note made me feel like this story was a part of my story. It was an eye opener, and it left me with feeling so much love and sympathy fo
I was honestly not sure what to expect from the title, but this book is more than meets the eye.
When you pick up this book, which you should, expect to read about the tragic tales of bulimia victims and broken homes.
Yet the book does not feel tragic in the end. You feel empowered to go out and find your own inspiration and craft. It is worth the despair. GO READ!
Kim Baccellia
Love the voice! Author has nailed the am-I-good-enough conflict/struggle teens experience.

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I find it hard to pick contemporary young adult fiction. I don't want it to feel to overly made for teenagers if that makes sense (then why am I reading it you may be asking). I like it when it makes me feel something, either by identifying with the characters or making me think. This really fell somewhere in between for me.

I liked Loann from the start of the book. The teenage years are really such a hard time and Loann just feels awkward in her own skin. She feels like she's always in her sist
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I didn't know much about this book before starting it other than being familiar with Denise Jaden's work from her debut Losing Faith, which I read as part of The Contemps Challenge. My favorite part of that book was anticipating the relationship between sisters and I was pleased to see that sisters were also in this book. I wondered what the relationship would be like here.

And wow did we get a doozy of a relationship in this book, told from the perspective of Loann who is constantly unable to me
Wow. Never Enough was so good. Really, that's basically all I can think right now. I liked Denise Jaden's debut, Losing Faith, but I wasn't quite as impressed as most people seemed to be. And the description for Never Enough sounded pretty average, nothing I haven't read before. But Never Enough really took me by surprise - I ended up loving it!

I love sister stories. I only have a younger brother, but I've always wished I had an older sister, so I enjoy reading sister stories like this one. Loan
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Going into this, I had completely forgotten what it was about, and I've never read Jaden's first book, Losing Faith, so I went into Never Enough blind. I love being able to do that, and reading this book was an amazing experience. I really hope I can do the novel justice with this review, and apologize in advance in case I don't, since I'm exhausted and filled with pre-BEA jitters.

Never Enough captured me and held me rapt all the way through. The book also surprised me con
It started out dealing with one issue, a more simple issue and the book ended on a more deeper level and the way the two emerged was like opening a door. Loann wants to be more like her sister Claire, popular and outgoing. She watches and takes mental notes so if her chance comes along she will not blow it, but she doubts her chance will ever come along. Claire has everything going for her at least that is what Loann sees. Claire becomes obsessed with food and she starts to have an eating disord ...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
"Nothing is ever perfect....Beauty isn't perfect. It's something to be felt and something to be breathed" (Jaden 371).

Claire has it all — beauty, talent, a great figure, and Josh Garrison. Our narrator Loann, however, has a short stature, an ample amount of curves, and a mysterious yet amusing locker neighbor named Marcus. But the next moment, Loann's oridinary life begins to change completely as her sister Claire spirals out of control with her self-image and destructive eating habits. There's
*3.5*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 e
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 th
Amanda P
In Denise Jadens second novel Never Enough, this book will bring out the most important thing, family. It showed me a clear message also about how life is important as well as major issues that teenagers are going through. Reading Never Enough brought many emotions about how someone living with an eating disorder can affect everything around you and how it can destroy a family. It overall hit all the perfect notes in a book that shows how threatening eating disorders can be and learning all abou ...more
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Denise Jaden enjoys writing craft books for writers and fiction for young adults.

Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010. The first draft was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo. NEVER ENOUGH, her second novel, was released July 10, 2012. A companion group of stories--NEVER ENOUGH STORIES is available for free at WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART:
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