Never Enough by Denise Jaden

Posted July 9, 2012 | 8 Comments

Never Enough by Denise JadenNever Enough
Author: Denise Jaden
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 10, 2012
Format: eARC
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher

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?


When I read the description for Never Enough, I was expecting to go on an emotional rollercoaster.  In fact, I buckled-up and looked forward to it.  Unfortunately, it was mostly boring.  I seriously contemplated quitting the book, but after I got to a certain point, I was already invested and had to finish.

The book starts off with Loann, a junior in high school, sitting with her friends at lunch.  I was already put off at this point, because she was acting like her sister’s group of senior friends were gods – in complete awe of them.  I’m sorry, but I don’t get that at all.  It’s something I can’t even imagine feeling, and it just seemed so ridiculous to me.  Then, I don’t even understand why her supposed bff suddenly went from zero to bitch in no time flat, Loann didn’t even do anything to her.  It felt like a cheap way to insert drama in the story.

There were a lot of issues brought up in this book: backstabbing friends, abuse, eating disorders, sex, and all that other fun stuff.  But the thing is, it all felt so superficial.  I admit, I’m a very emotional reader, and I love feeling the depth of a character’s pain, joy, fear, etc.  There just wasn’t any depth to it for me.  Some seriously messed up things happened, but I couldn’t get any real feeling from them.  It was kind of weird, especially when it came to the incident with Loann and her sister’s ex-boyfriend.  That was a big frikkin deal, and could have been a very deep and emotional ordeal in the book, but no, it was pretty much glossed over.  I mean, what was the point of it? Actually, that’s how I felt about a lot of the book.

As for the characters, I didn’t care for any of them.  I absolutely believe they all had potential to be great, but it just wasn’t there.  My favorite character was Uncle Sal, and he said maybe a total of four sentences in the whole book.

Overall, I could have really loved this book – it had all the makings of something powerful, but it just didn’t deliver.  I’m glad I at least finished it though, so I don’t always wonder if maybe it did turn around into something really good.    Now I’m comfortable saying that it did not.


8 responses to “Never Enough by Denise Jaden

  1. Awww…. **pouts** I have this on my soon-to-be-read list, so I was hoping you’d love it. Still, maybe I’ll feel differently? Who knows? I am kind of worried about the depth thing you mentioned though. That’s a major pet peeve of mine.

    I’m a little sad that this one wasn’t for you, but I’m still glad I got to hear your thoughts. It will be interesting to compare notes when I read the book!

  2. What a review! Funny. Maybe her BFF went from friend to mega bitch because she got bit by a rabid dog. Sex, eating disorders and all of that didn’t entertain you? What was the thing with the boyfriend? Was he suffering from impotency?

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  3. I always find it interesting how people can approach a book so differently and get such different things out of it… it’s crazy, but awesome. Anyway, I really loved this one, I just thought it was beautiful. However I totally agree with you re: Loann’s ‘friend’… I didn’t really get that at all, except it was a way for her to connect with Marcus.

  4. I’m an emotional reader, too! I like to get feel connected to the characters I’m reading about, and I like to care about the story. I’m sorry that didn’t happen for you here. It definitely sucks to get to that point where you’re bored with the story but since you already spent so much time with it, you feel like you have to finish it. That’s definitely happened to me before.

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  5. I quit so many books when they don’t hold my attention. I like you thought this was going to be an extremely emotional book. I was actually going to skip it because I thought it would be way too sad for me. But without connecting to the characters and really understanding their pain and reasons for the way they act it is hard to care. I especially hate when situations are not thought out and don’t feel realistic. Sometimes girls are just mean but there should be some other reasons and events that cause it. Bummer this wasn’t more 🙁

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