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More Than Good Enough

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Trent Osceola's life is turned upside down when his mother announces that he will be moving to the Miccosukee reservation to live with his father, who was recently released from prison. Only half Miccosukee, Trent feels alienated from rez society and starts to question who he really is. When he changes schools, he reconnects with Pippa, a childhood friend who moved away, a ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published January 8th 2014 by Flux
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Sep 14, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Trent is a troubled teen with identity issues. His parents aren't together and come from very different backgrounds - father is American Indian mother is British and he isn't really sure where he belongs. Sent to the Rez to live with his father, at school he meets up again with a childhood friend, Pippa who believes in him.

At first I wasn't keen on Trent but after finding out more about his life he stopped irritating and I gr
Medeia Sharif
Trent has a Miccosukee father and English mother. Neither of them seem to be on his side, although he goes to live with his father, an ex-convict. A spiteful ex-girlfriend proves to be a pain in the butt, and he’s trying to get closer to Pippa, a girl he’s known for years who now seems incredibly gorgeous and cool to hang out with.

Yes, there are people in his way who aren’t looking out for his best interest, and Trent is imperfect himself, messing up in school and in relationships. He doesn’t fe
Jan 13, 2014 Olga rated it it was amazing
Once again, I find myself wanting to protect a character, from himself, from the flawed people around him. In the end it's about choosing to take responsibility. Loved how in this book, there are no perfect people. No good guys or bad, just complex and normal human beings.
Angela Fristoe
Jan 25, 2014 Angela Fristoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
More Than Good Enough is a very interesting novel. It was hard for me to get into the story while reading the first chapter, but by the end of the second chapter I really wanted to know where Chappell was going with Trent.

While there is obviously a plot, More Than Good Enough was really a character driven story. Trent is constantly having to examine himself and question not only who he is, but who he wants to be. For years, he has been bombarded with the idea that he's worthless. He's been physi
Dec 30, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Trent is half-white, half Native American. His father’s been in and out of jail for most of his life, and his mom drinks most of the day away. Trent ditches school, drinks too much and has no goals. When his dad is released from jail and Trent gets kicked out of his “special” school for talented musicians, Trent’s parents get into a huge fight and his mom makes Trent go live with his dad on the reservation. Trent switches to the local public high school, where he’s reacquainted with his friend P ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Some parts were good, some parts so-so, some parts bad. It was all over the place and I really didn't like the main character or his decisions. The book really made me mad most of the time and I honestly don't know if I can recommend this book to anyone.
Jan 14, 2014 Halley added it
A bright teen on a downward spiral moves in with his alcoholic father who lives on one of the biggest reservations in Florida. In the book More Than Good Enough by the inspiring author Crissa-Jean Chappell. A gifted young bass player, Trent has been ejected from his music magnet school, and is failing in his new public school. Until he runs into an old friend named Pippa, the loyal friend he hasn't seen since Middle School. They team up on a class film making project: documenting each other’s ho ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, young-adult
Trenton lives with his Mom until his Dad gets out of prison and then his Mom basically drops Trenton off at the Reservation where his father lives, and tells him he needs to take care of Trenton. Trenton is confused with his identity; he is half Native American and half French. He doesn’t fit in at the regular school, which he has been going to, nor does he fit in at the reservation school. He gets in fights with his drunken Dad and feels like dropping out of school since he is 17. However, his ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
An interesting short read. The main character flopped through the book but ended upright at the close.
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
More Than Good Enough is the story of Trent Osceola, half Miccosukee and half white, a teenager who is living with his father for the first time since his childhood on the Miccosukee Reservation, a piece of his culture he really doesn't know much about. Having recently failed out of his prestigious music high school, Trent is drifting through life without much direction.

There are aspects to this book that I like. I think Trent's identity struggle, not knowing where he belongs and feeling discon
Victoria  Ellis
Apr 08, 2014 Victoria Ellis rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads

I received this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway and was looking forward to reading it especially as it wasn't to long. My copy is singed and features notes and doodles by the author. It appeared to be the perfect quick read book. As indicated by the low star rating of 2/5 I didn't enjoy it, and I'm not even sure why so I'll just run through some main points.

First Reason: The Character
I just couldn't relate to Trent one iota and most of the time I couldn't understand his actions
Nov 26, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Full disclosure: I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had its moments, but overall it was a bust. The main problem was the protagonist. Trent Osceola is not a likeable guy. I felt sorry for him, which is good, but I was never able to connect with him because he is just such a douche. Sure, he's going through a lot, but that doesn't give him carte blanche to be an a-hole. That ruined the book for me. The story itself was no better. It meanders back and fort
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
Actual Rating: 3.5

Born to a British mother and Miccosukee father, seventeen-year old Trent Osceola feels like he doesn't fit in anywhere he goes: not "Indian enough" for the Rez, but he certainly doesn't pass for a white kid either. After some trouble in school, Trent is sent to live with his father on the Rez, despite not having much contact with him since he was a child. Feeling ostracized, and attempting to escape the pressure of his homelife and school, Trent begins down a similar path to t
Aug 04, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, hs, realistic, world
Not only has Trent Osceola just been kicked out of the special music school he attended, his parents are making him go live with his ex-con father on the Miccosukee reservation. As only half-Miccosukee, Trent doesn't feel like he really belongs, plus he's still driving all the way out to go to public high school in his mother's jurisdiction. His ex-girlfriend Michelle is toying with him, he keeps getting in trouble for skipping classes, his father is still drinking all day and bothering him, and ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Sarah marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebook, arc
I wanted to like this one. I don't feel like there are too many books out there about Native American teens, and I thought this could be an interesting look at a kid caught between two worlds. Unfortunately, it didn't keep my attention. After I got about halfway through and realized I didn't really care about what happened and wasn't interested in the characters, I just skimmed through to see how the plots resolve, so I can't give it a fair review if I really only read to see if anything jumped ...more
Luis Hernandez
A young man faces the challenges of a broken family but more...he's also trying to find his identity. He believes himself lost in the space between two worlds - between being caucasian and Native American.
Feb 14, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
I had a really hard time with this book. I didn't like the main character, so I found myself not caring at all as to what happened and didn't finish.
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)

More Than Good Enough was a quick read, and had a couple noteworthy quotes here and there. But it dealt with some heavy issues without actually dealing with them. I didn't feel like any of the issues were explored as much as they should have been. It might have been better if it was meant to be a fluff read, but I don't think it was.

Full review to come.
Jacki Bowker
Jul 31, 2014 Jacki Bowker rated it it was ok
Couldn't relate to these characters at all...
Feb 16, 2014 Morgan rated it liked it
Full review can be found here:
Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
Oct 03, 2013 Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, net-galley
25.0% "A little all over the place but hoping it settles down."
44.0% "Almost half way through and there just isn't anything keeping me here. Going as DNF, which saddens me because I wanted to love this book! :("
08/27 marked as: dnf
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Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami, Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age, a Florida Book Award medalist, and a VOYA Perfect Ten. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux) is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls, "compelling and emotionally nuanced." Chappell holds an MFA in screenwriting and a PhD in interdiscip ...more
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