Book Review: Not Enough by Mia Hoddell


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 fulfill.

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.

Release Date: November 16, 2015
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli


Not Enough was a fantastic, emotional journey.  I loved this book.

The premise is simple enough, yet touching in its relatability.  Who among us hasn't felt inadequate?  I know that I sure have, and do quite often.  Feeling inadequate is something I struggle with daily, especially given my multiple health conditions which keep me from living the life I want to live.  Luckily, I have an extremely supportive network of family and friends who constantly lift me up and help me out.  

But Neve has no such network.  She has her best friend, Blake, but that's it.  And she's scared to let Blake all the way in, to share her deepest secrets, for fear of scaring him off.  Furthermore, Neve faces constant criticism from the person who should love and support her the most: her own mother.  Every day, Neve has to hear from her mother about how she's doing everything wrong and how she should be living her life.  

What drew me into Neve's story was how easily I identified with her.  Neve is an introvert, one who is more comfortable working on her graphic design business than going out to a club.  She likes one on one interactions but not being in a group of people.  I could relate to all of these aspects of Neve's personality.

A person can be told they're insufficient only so many times before they start to break.  And luckily for Neve, Blake is always there to pick up the pieces of her heart.  I loved that Neve had Blake to lean on.  He was the perfect friend for her, so supportive and understanding.  He accepted her fully and loved her no matter what.  Their relationship was positive and healthy and I loved that aspect of the story.

All of the conflict in Neve's life finally comes to a boiling point and she has a major decision to make about her future.  I really loved how Hoddell resolved the conflict and the fact that things got better over time, not overnight.  

I finished Not Enough feeling encouraged and hopeful.  It's an honest and emotional story that made me appreciate my own special qualities as an introvert.  I highly recommend this book!


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