Monday, 16 November 2015

Mia Hoddell - Not Enough

*Contains adult themes (suicide)
**Review by Susan


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

Neve and Blake have known one another since they were babies. But being so entirely different was what lead them to be the very best of friends.

But Blake's upbringing was entirely different to Neve's. He has a warm and welcoming family whereas Neve's mother was a real piece of work...

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A person can take a lot of verbal abuse, but there's always a limit.
Everyone breaks.
Everyone crumbles.
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Their relationship was complex and what sometimes read as teenage angst turned out to be nothing more than lack of acceptance and non existent maternal love for Neve. A single child with no father to depend on.

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Why is everything I do not good enough?  Why is who I am not enough for you?
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The one person she has always been able to depend on is Blake. Childhood friends...but would they ever be more? Irrelevant, Blake would be by her side, when no one else would. He helps her through her darkest moments and picks up the pieces when Neve's mother breaks her on almost every occasion...

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There's nothing more I want than for my mum to look me in the eye and say she's proud of me. That's it. I don't care if she never says she loves me, but to know she accepts me for who I am...well, it would mean everything.
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A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears but all in all a good story which for me means that blood isn't always thicker than water and that we can't choose our family. With dual perspectives we get a good basis and I loved Mia Hoddell's writing and her descriptiveness of some of Neve's darker memories.

A brill HEA and would definitely recommend.

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Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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