Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Nat Enough #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: “Maybe you should focus on who you are instead of who you aren’t.”
“Making friends isn’t easy, but losing them is even harder!”
ABOUT: Making friends isn’t easy, but losing them is even harder!
Natalie has never felt that she’s enough — athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought — now she’s not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she isn’t, then she might realize she’s more than enough, just the way she is.
My Review: I really adored Nat Enough. The story, the characters, and the art combined into one terrific read.
I felt bad for Nat as she tried to figure out why Lily wasn’t acting like the BFF Nat has known since second grade. There was something about Lily as Nat herself described her that I didn’t quite trust from the very beginning. The red flag was everything in their club was purple because that’s Lily’s favorite color. Perhaps it was a mutual thing between them but I couldn’t shake my skepticism.
On top of losing Lily, Nat already feels inadequate, not good enough. This prompts her to try (and sadly fail) to be cool to win back Lily. I, like the other characters Nat gets to know, are stunned again and again why Nat would want to be friends with someone who is mean to her.
I loved the art and how the author designed each character. I loved the chapter sketches involving Nat’s cat and dog – those two were hilarious! The art graced the pages with bright colors, which was pleasing to the eye. The story was brilliantly fashioned together to create an appealing read.
Nat Enough is one of those books that stay with you long after reading. It has a strong message about friendship and self-worth. A perfect story for middle grade readers.