Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Summary: ( from back of book). Annabel Greene is the girl who has everything. At least, that's what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel's life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister's eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen- intense, music obsessed and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?
  Review: I love this book. It's sweet, funny and entertaining all at the same time. The plot is fairly simple but it was never once slow or boring. It kept me turning pages up until the end. I think this is a book that a lot of people can relate to. Annabel is dealing with so many issues with friends and family and that's something that alot of teens can see in their own lives. Dessen has created a really awesome story and this one is still my favorite out of all her books. I also think the message this book sends is really great. The idea that every once in a while you should stop thinking and judging everything around you and just listen is really awesome.
   I think Owen Armstrong is the most honest character in all of young adult literature. The way he has decided to live his life after all the things he went through is so cool. I definitely without a doubt would recommend this book who wants a story about family friendship and learning to trust. I have read this cover to cover probably 3 or 4 times and my favorite parts even more than that. Sarah Dessen is awesome!!

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