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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
• 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?
3. Loann regrets not acting upon her suspicions of Claire’s eating disorder. If you found yourself in the same circumstance, how would you communicate your concern to Claire or third parties?
4. Marcus, much like Claire, has a secret he is hiding. Is it more appropriate for Marcus to stay quiet about his circumstance than it is for Claire? Why or why not? Is Loann’s response to his situation reasonable? What would you do differently?
5. Loann has very different relationships with each of the people in her life. How is each relationship unique and how does each help or hinder her as she deals with the result of Claire’s eating disorder?
6. How would you describe Loann’s family? In what way is Claire’s eating disorder impacting how they relate to each other? Guide written by the author.
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