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Never Enough

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,517 ratings  ·  183 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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Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
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
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, eating-disorder
Great book, but too many issues crammed into one story!
I loved Loann's character most of the time, but sometimes she turned all that happened around her to be ABOUT her. Marcus was so hard to read, but when we finally realize what is happening in his life, we can't help but love him more. Claire, ugh. Loann's friends, Claire's boyfriend/ex boyfriend, and the parents? UGH. They are teenagers, but the parents are just awful!
A powerful story that talks about deep issues, with a tragic turn and
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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'
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, "Ne
Denise Jaden
Oct 13, 2011 is currently reading 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. ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^

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
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

For some reason I’m having a tough time writing this review like normal, so I’m going to try a bullet list review today featuring what worked and didn’t work for me.

What Worked for Me:

I like the dynamics in Claire and Loann’s relationship. It’s easy to identify with Loann and understand how disconnected from Claire she’s become. In the beginning of Never Enough it’s hard to say whether Claire feels this way as well, but Loann feels it. She feels awkward and
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at:

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
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
Brandi Kosiner
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to *Layali* 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
lily ☁️
1 1/2 stars

I couldn’t connect with this book at all. Despite the very serious subject, the story seemed superficial and shallow, and I’d rather not write a review for it …

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May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the voice! Author has nailed the am-I-good-enough conflict/struggle teens experience.

YA Books Central Review:
I received this Advance Reviewer Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

Wow! I feel emotionally spent!

The Contemporary Young Adult genre is not one that I normally read. However, when I read the synopsis, I was immediately drawn to the heavy themes of the book.

Never Enough is narrated in the first-person by Loann Rochester, a high school junior. She has been eclipsed her entire life by
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lately, whenever I go in Barnes and Noble, I get annoyed. Which is absolutely ridiculous because going into my favorite store should not annoy me. But they never put the books that I am looking for on the shelf where books are supposed to be in alphabetical order by the authors last name. I mean, I know it’s all about marketing and books are more likely to be noticed when they’re not tucked away in a gigantic shelf, but would it hurt to put just one on the shelf? After wandering around the young ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

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
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Never Enough is a book about sisters and an eating disorder that may pull them apart. Neither the cover or the blurb that accompanied the ARC of Never Enough was enough to pull me into the story. It was the unforgettable characters and the writing that did it for me. What happens when you have 2 sisters who are complete opposites of each other, one quiet, shy, and self-conscience while the other is beautiful, talented and popular? We find out in the riveting new novel by Denise Jaden.
Loann is a
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
I think my biggest fascination, when it comes to literature, would have to be the exploration of mental illness -- specifically, that of eating disorders, for sure. So, of course I was drawn to NEVER ENOUGH once I determined that it was the story of two sisters coping with the anorexia and bullimia that threatened to tear apart their relationship as well as the rest of the family dynamic.

Now, of course, I wasn't disappointed by this read -- anything on this topic is sure to keep me engaged from
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book is such a touching story and I don't even know where to begin with my review. I sat on this one for a few days because I really don't know how to do this book justice. This book is about two sisters trying to navigate through their teenage years. We all know that being a teen is never easy and that there are many issues of self esteem that come into play. The title Never Enough sums it up pretty well I think. We are always thinking that something is never good enough in comparison to s ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm... Well, I think there could be many ways to interpret this book. You could think of it as an eating disorder story, or maybe a friendship-turned-love story, or maybe even a family-on-the-brink-of-a-meltdown story. But ultimately, I saw it as all of them.

I picked up this book at the library because of its gorgeous cover and crisp, new pages (something that's pretty hard to find at my library). I didn't really pay any attention to the synopsis, only reading it once I got home.

And let me say,
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Denise Jaden enjoys writing craft books for writers as well as fiction for young adults and readers of mystery and romance.

Her first novel for teens, LOSING FAITH, was released from Simon Pulse, fall 2010. She wrote the first draft in 21 days during NaNoWriMo. Her craft book FAST FICTION will serve as a guide for anyone wishing to try NaNoWriMo.

Check out one of Denise's many books for young adult

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