My Thoughts on Just Listen

Reviews

Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

About The Book

Just Listen

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 Thoughts

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).

4 stars


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Quotes

“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.” 

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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!

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Books That Made Me Laugh

top three thursday

Top Three Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Acosyreader.

Hey guys!

Welcome to another Top Three Thursday! This week’s topic is ‘Books that made me laugh’. Also check out Mel’s post on acosyreader.

I really love doing this because it made me realise how much I’m missing out. Like last time I noticed I haven’t read that many books with memorable animals. This week, I realised there aren’t a lot of books that made me really laugh.

So these are my top 3 books that made me laugh. And I really want to read more funny books, so give me some suggestions!


1) The Hidden Oracle

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

The Percy Jackson series is one of my all time favourites. I haven’t read Heroes of Olympus yet and I really wanted to, before I started The Trials of Apollo, but I got stuck at Mark of Athena. Now I don’t really remember what happened till Mark of Athena and I’m a too lazy to go back and read it again… So I decided to go ahead and read The Trials of Apollo.

This is one of the funniest book I’ve read. Sure it took a little while for me to like Apollo, who is awfully obnoxious and would give Narcissus a run for his money. But it is an absolutely hilarious book. I didn’t really love it as much as I did Percy Jackson, but it was really good.

2) The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Kasie West books are always so fun to read. They are light hearted, fun and adorable. The Distance Between Us is my favourite among the few Kasie West books I’ve read (and there are a LOT). Caymen, the protagonist was my favourite thing about the book. She is super sarcastic and made me laugh with her dry humour.

I think I’ve read it a couple of times. It’s such a comfort read and so freaking adorable.

You can find my review here.

3) My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)My Lady Jane is one of my absolute favourites. It made me laugh so much, right from the dedication.

“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.
And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

The whole book is sort of like this, it WILL make you laugh. I think I read it like 2 years ago and can’t remember most of the details, which is why I’ll be rereading it this year. What really amazed me was that My Lady Jane is written by THREE authors- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. It could have been such a disaster, but it blew me away.

I can’t wait to read My Plain Jane, which I’m pretty sure is going to be just as amazing as this.


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So these are some books that made me laugh. Which are some of the funniest books you have read? Do we have any in common? Tell me in the comments below!

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My Favourite Literary Animals

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Top Three Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Acosyreader.

Hey guys!

Welcome to another Top Three Thursday! This is a fairly new meme hosted by @acosyreader. So please participate!

This week, I’ll be listing my favourite fictional animals!

And while doing this, I just realised I haven’t read that many books with memorable animals? I will need to rectify that soon. So don’t forget to tell me your favourite fictional animals so that I can check them out!

1.Grimalkin from The Iron Fey series

So Grimalkin doesn’t exactly look like this but it’s how I imagine him in my head. He is a cait sith and helps our main characters in The Iron Fey series. What I love about Grimalkin is how he doesn’t really care about anything. He comes and goes as he pleases, is sarcastic and really done with the characters’ bullshit. He is the highlight of the series and I hope you check them out!

2. Cerberus from Percy Jackson series

I know Cerberus is supposed to be this big scary three headed dog that guards the gates of hell. But after Percy Jackson, this is how I imagine them in my head. Cerberus is so adorable in the series and Annabeth trying to get past them was one of my favourite scenes!

3. Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Niffler was my favourite part of Fantastic Beasts. It’s so adorable! Everytime Niffler was on screen I was like ‘Awww…’ and my heart basically exploded with the cuteness!

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So these are my favourite literary animals. Which are yours? Do we have any in common? Tell me in the comments below!

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My Favourite Character Names

Top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by that Artsy reader girl.

Hey guys!

So this is going to be a super short post. I actually forgot about this week’s TTT but I love this topic so much*.

Names are very important in books. Often it defines a character, makes them memorable. So I’m going to list some of my favourite character names**.

*by forgot I mean I kept procrastinating. But shhh…

**which I’ll name my children.


1. Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows)

2. Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

3. Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle)

4. Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows)

5. Simon Snow (Carry On)

6. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

7. Richard Campbell Gansey III (The Raven Cycle)

8. Ava Lavender (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)

9. Feyre Archeron (A Court of Thornes and Roses series)

10. Karou (Daughter of Smoke And Bone)


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So we come to an end of another Top Ten Tuesday. Which are your favourite character names? Do we have any in common? Leave you thoughts in the comments below!(leave a link to your TTT too!)

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Book Blogger Confession Tag

Hello lovelies!

So I saw Faye from bookpossible do this tag (go check out her awesome blog here). And it looked so fun! Plus, I haven’t done a tag IN AGES. So here we go!


1.Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

So I took this from the library a few months back,mainly because the cover is so pretty. I had heard mixed reviews, however it did sound interesting.

But god! Red Queen is the MOST BORING book I’ve read. Or tried to read. I gave up after a few chapters. The plot was so obvious and the writing not really good either.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass

I have A LOT of problems with this series. However I do have a soft spot for Mist and Fury.

I enjoyed Mist and Fury for the most part. But the plot bored me! I love the characters SO MUCH and I found their interactions more entertaining than the actual plot, which is why this is a guilty pleasure. I hate the plot and I hate the style of writing but I love all the characters!

I really hated how Wings and Ruin turned out…tho I do look forward to the novella!

3. Which book do you love to hate?

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Oh God. This book gave me a headache.

This was actually recommended to me and almost everyone gushed about it so much.

IT. WAS. SO. HORRIBLE. *shudders*

I…I don’t know where to start. The romance was REALLY problematic for me and left a bad taste in my mouth. There is absolutely NO plot. And most of the main characters were disgusting.

Also the writing is so so bad, guys. Like, I’ve read fanfiction better than this.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

Everytime I think about it my heart breaks a little. Which is why I would throw it to the sea, because I wish I’ve never read it. The pain is too much!

Seriously, this book is amazing, so add it to your TBR!

5. Which book have you read the most?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is my comfort read. I’ve read it about 8 times, I think.

I first read it when I was 13. Whenever I’m in a reading slump, Pride and Prejudice comes to the rescue! I love it so much!

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

This was tough. Listen, if you buy me ANY book, I’ll be so happy! I love being gifted books!

So I already own The Immortals of Meluha, my sister bought it a few years ago. But now both of us hate it and it’s just there sitting on the shelf reminding us of our bad choices. So I wouldn’t be exactly jumping for joy if I receive this or its sequels as a present.

7. Which book could you not live without?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

AHHH! MY HEART!

I cannot live without this. I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read Six of Crows.

There are Heists! Friendships! Stabbing! Romance! Agony!

Everything Everything

I may or may not use this gif too much

It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far.

8. Which book made you the angriest?

Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Soul Eaters series is seriously one of the most underrated series. It’s so good!

So our main character, Meda goes through a lot of stuff in this book. So she’s angry all the time, hence I was angry all the time.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

The Book Thief

I was fine about till like 3/4th of the book. Then the waterworks started. I cried and I cried. Yet, by the end of the book I also felt a bit of hapiness?

Legit me after I read The Book Thief

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

The Lux series by jennifer L. Armentrout

Just go on Goodreads and look at the covers. Go on. Do it. it’s pretty self explanatory. The Lux series has the UGLIEST covers. It’s horrible.


I tag whoever wants to do this!

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Have you done this tag? Do we have any books in common? Tell me your answers in the comments below!

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