by Mia Hoddell
Genre: Upper YA/NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 16th 2015
Neve Colvin isn’t good enough. As an introvert, her life is a never-ending list of labels and criticism. Pressures to change come from everyone—including the one person she thought would love her unconditionally … her mother. All Neve wants is acceptance, but surrounded by extroverts it’s a wish that’s nearly impossible to fulfil.
For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.
That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?
Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.
I have definitely read my fair share of darker books, but I have to say that Not Enough definitely went on a whole new level of darkness for me. Neve has an extremely low self-esteem and when I say low, I mean low. She will never think she is good enough for anyone to love her or enjoy her company. She has heard mean things from everyone around her, including her own family, so much that she has begun to believe that there really is something wrong with her. I am used to characters who have a little bit of a low self-esteem, but Never was seriously something else. And it felt so real, too. I genuinely believed what Neve was saying and how she was feeling.
I have also read a good chunk of books with some sort of villain in them, and Neve's mom is definitely the worst. She is seriously awful. I was completely dumbfounded with the way she would treat and talk to Neve. I was seriously hoping for some kind of change with her mother, but it never happened. Her mom is awful and that is the end of it. It was seriously so sad to read, because my mom is my best friend. If she treated me like this I wouldn't know what to do.
The rawness and genuity of this book is what really made it a four-star book. I never felt like things were too over exaggerated. I mean I wish Neve would have opened up to Blake more and sooner so that she wouldn't have been so depressed all of the time, but at the same time real depression doesn't go away quickly. On one hand it was awful being sucked into this deep, dark void with Neve, but on the other hand it was genuine and I really appreciated that.
There is a kinda/sorta insta-love happening in this book. It's not really insta-love, because Neve has known the person her entire life, but at the same time their feelings for eachother change very quickly and very dramatically. Since they have always known each other, it didn't bother me too much for how quickly the dynamics of their relationship changes, but at the same time I wish they could have slow it down just a little bit. In the end, though, I absolutely love their relationship and I loved the Christmas scene.
Not Enough is a very intense book. This book deals with serious bouts of depression, horrible parents, and a girl who is seriously lost in her own life with no hope for light. If you don't want to be bogged down with negative feelings, this may not be the book for you, but if you love reading darker books about real topics, I think you will love this. This books isn't exactly a happily ever after tale, but it gets as close as real life does. That is what I loved about this book. Everything felt genuine.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
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What reviewers are saying:
"From the dedication at the beginning up to the end this was both a thought provoking and an emotional read for me and I loved it!" - Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview
"This story tugged at my heartstrings, played on my every emotion. It was a beautifully written story of how an introverted young girl blossoms into a beautiful young woman." - Keren Hughes, Author of Nothing Like The First Time
"A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears." - Susan @ Ladies Living in Bookland
"Heartbreaking. Powerful. Real ... I literally lived the pages, not read them ... It's so well and beautifully written, it is more than just another YA novel." - Cristina @ Crazy Beautiful
About the Author:
#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.
Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder and Not Enough.
Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.
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