Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
– From Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5 stars!
My second Sarah Dessen book and I almost loved it as much as I did the first one. The Truth About Forever is one of my favourites and I’ve always wanted to read more from her.
Just Listen is about Annabel and her story after a particularly bad summer.
Just Listen is not a plot-driven story. It’s about the characters and how they grow/have grown.
I loved all the characters. I loved Owen (the love interest). He could have been the typical artistic, brooding, philosophical guy but surprisingly had a good character arc. I wish there was more Whitney (Annabel’s sister) and it was shown how she deals with her disorder. She was my favourite character and I really want to read her story!
I loved the writing. There were a lot of flashbacks and it’s not exactly fast paced. We jump back between Annabel’s past and her present, which sometimes made it harder for me to keep reading.
Just Listen brought back a LOT of memories. If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan, you’ll love this book. If its been a few years since your graduation and you’re reminiscing about your school days, you should definitely pick this up! More than a year after high-school, it was fun to read this and take a walk down memory lane (tho my classmates were definitely not as vicious as Annabel’s).
“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”
“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”
Have you read Just Listen? Did you like it? Do you plan to? Have you read any other Sarah Dessen books? Tell me in the comments!