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Never Enough

Never Enough

For Ages: 14 and up
  • reading group guide
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 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. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.
     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?
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442429079 | 
  • July 2012 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
List Price $11.99

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CHAPTER ONE

They say you shouldn’t try to be someone you’re not. But what about someone you almost are? Or how about someone you used to be?

My sister, Claire, walked into the Alder Grove High cafeteria, and on impulse, I sat up a little straighter. As kids, people used to tell us that we were like two peas in a pod with our perfect posture. “What little ladies!” they’d always say.

We’re far from twins, but I hoped others still might notice some small similarity. Our perfect posture could be the one reminder that Claire’s not the secret love child of Gwyneth Paltrow and... see more

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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for

Never Enough
By Denise Jaden

About the Book

Loann has always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, 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?

Themes

•Eating Disorders
•Body Image
•Self-esteem
•Bullying
•Domestic Abuse
•Sibling Rivalry

Discussion Questions

1. Loann and Claire may appear to be significantly different (in personality and physicality), but they are more alike than it may seem. How are the girls similar? How are they different? Compare and contrast how each girl handles body image.

2. The author infuses both bullying and domestic abuse into the story. Describe and discuss how these two additional thematic elements impact the larger theme of eating disorders. Are there connections between these situations? see more

About the Author

Denise Jaden
Photograph © Cory Permack

Denise Jaden

Denise Jaden lives just outside Vancouver, Canada. When she’s not writing, she can often be found homeschooling her son or dancing with her Polynesian dance troupe. Losing Faith was her first novel. Find out more at denisejaden.com or follow her on Twitter at @denisejaden.

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