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Just Listen Paperback – February 28, 2008
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Annabel is facing the hardest school year of her life. She's dealing with a lot of family issues including her sister's severe battle with anorexia, and trying to tell her mother that she desperatly wants to quit modeling. Her ex-best friend Sophie no longer talks to her, because she thinks that Annabel slept with her boyfriend, but the truth is far deeper and the worst part is that nobody knows. Now that her friends have turned on her she has nobody until Owen Armstrong, the most unlikely person, befriends her and makes her see life in a new light.
Dessen did a beautiful job of portraying family relationships and how difficult it can be when you have to sacrifice for them. You feel so much a part of this book that it's as if you are sitting at the table with them arguing, crying, screaming, laughing, talking, or holding one another. The struggle with friendships is so real and honest that I'm sure every one of us can relate in some sense to the loss of a best friend, or a misunderstanding that never was resolved that Annabel deals with on a daily basis. The pain she has to endure while desperately hiding the truth from everyone else is incredible and you feel so deeply for her that it may bring you to tears or just want to reach into the book and give her a big hug.Read more ›
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Annabel Greene plays a girl who has everything in the commercial for Kopf's Department Store: she is the top student, popular cheerleader, dazzling prom queen surrounded by friends. In real life though, Annabel Greene is the total opposite. She has no best friend anymore because of Sophie, who ended up spreading rumors about Annabel after one little mistake that wasn't even Annabel's fault. Not only that, but Annabel has to deal with the awkward times at home with her sister's eating disorder, and Annabel not being comfortable about life and speaking her mind at all.
Then she meets a guy named Owen Armstrong, who isn't your usual Romeo, but Annabel learns something very valuable from him... truth. Owen Armstrong is a high schooler who is never parted with his ipod or CD player. Before Annabel was rejected by all of her friends, she had heard that Owen was a freak.Annabel had wondered what he was always listening to. When they become friends, he amazes her with his honesty and confidence. Soon, Annabel is telling Owen all of her feelings that she has wanted to get out for a long time, and they become close until she makes a big mistake-again.
I highly recommend this book for readers who like people like Meg Cabot and similar authors.Sarah Dessen has a way that keeps me interested in her story. If you have read certain books by Sarah Dessen too, you can recognise some of the characters in this story that is brought back from a different point of veiw which I thought was very cool.
I enjoyed reading this book because I was able to put myself into Annabel's shoes, and I wanted to just jump into the book and be her!
Annabel is facing every sixteen year olds worst nightmare, school with no friends. She enters the eleventh grade as a social outcast, forced to sit on the wall away from the rest of her schoolmates. Formerly popular Annabel Greene is shunned by her classmates for an unexplained reason (we find out later why). Not only is life tough at school but also at home. Through the help of Owen, Annabel is able to talk about what has happened and learn to speak honestly about her feelings.
This novel truly explains what it is like to be a sixteen-year-old girl. Every woman can relate to the main character, from conflicting emotions to unspeakable tragedy. This book is applicable to all young women whether they have experienced eating disorders, attempted rape or not. The reader becomes part of the family through the small details expressed by Dessen. This book should be read by women and girls everywhere, the author helps to show women that life moves on and that hope emerges even in the midst of adversity. Enjoy!
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This book is one of my favorites. I literally have read it at least twice a year since it came out. You went regret this bookPublished 15 days ago by Alex
Good contemporary. The characters were very well done and the premise unique. It tackled some big issues with much care and success I thought and I loved the family dynamics a lot... Read morePublished 28 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
I enjoyed this book. Its a definite page turner. I really recommend it. Its beautifully written and has a nice dynamic plot. I love it because I can relate to it in many ways. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cindy C
From being the popular girl, cheerleader and the girl everyone is in love with on the Kopf”s Department Store commercial, to the nobody with no best friends anymore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sonia
One thing I absolutely love as I get deeper into the #SarahDessenMarathon is how much her stories intertwine! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shelby Prothero