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.
Not Enough is one of the most emotional…yet realistic novel I have ever read!
Mia Hoddell has brought my attention to the emotions faced by introverts, and how they must or might have felt whenever people tells them to go out and socialise. People think that introverts are shy and isolating themselves, and the most common phrase that comes out of their mouths, or should I say most of us, would be, “You should go out and socialise more!”
We do not realise in saying that, we are only causing more harm to them. If your personality is not, and never has been an introvert, you would never have understand how they must have felt. Even if you are think you are the closest friend.
Neve Colvin. The girl who thinks that she will never be accepted for who she is. The girl who tried her best to please her mother, only to have her confidence and heart shattered.
Neve’s mother is the one person I would love to have screamed in her face for causing so much harm to Neve. She doesn’t think or care about Neve. The only thought that probably includes Neve is how she ungrateful she thinks Neve is and that Neve should socialise more. She never STOPPED to think about the harm she has caused Neve.
Seriously, the entire time I was reading Not Enough, I wish Neve actually stood up to her mother. It’s not right, to be turned down at every turn! That my readers, is when I am so glad that Blake exists! I guess you could say he was the light in Neve’s darkness? ^_^
No amount of words will ever describe how thankful I am to know that Blake stuck by Neve’s life! She deserves someone like Blake, instead of her own mother poisoning her. Her mother don’t deserve a daughter like Neve!
This novel is so beautiful it makes my heart cry so much! From the struggles Neve face, I have learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes when you’re facing your inner demons, it is hard for people to stick by you. Yet for Neve, Blake was there for her. This is a novel, not just about two people finding love, but also about how one finds her salvation in another.
Highly recommended for readers to read this wonderful novel!
*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.