Title: Not Enough
Author: Mia Hoddell
Release Date: November 16th 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
Mia Hoddell has a way of writing beautiful stories which engage her readers’ emotions and Not Enough is probably the best of her books so far.
Neve’s story reaches out to those of us who don’t fit a mould; the introverts and social outcasts. I genuinely felt a connection to Neve and the openness and honesty of the emails she sends to a private account. As readers, we appreciate how personal this story is to Mia Hoddell and this is reflected in the range of emotions she makes us feel; sadness, anger, sympathy, and hope.
Whilst Not Enough chronicles Neve’s very difficult relationship with her mother we are grateful for the constant presence of Blake, the story’s second protagonist. Blake’s narrative alternates with Neve’s and he helps us to see Neve’s character through kinder eyes than her own. Blake is the only person who accepts Neve unconditionally and we are thankful for the love he shows her.
Not Enough shows how Mia Hoddell’s writing has matured, particularly in the way that the author has clearly invested part of herself in Neve and the story. This may be a HEA but I love the fact that Mia Hoddell’s heroines are never perfect and it is this ‘realness’ which makes Not Enough a must read.