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Just Listen Paperback – February 28, 2008
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This is young adult fiction at its best ...
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Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story.
About the Author
Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal.
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.
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Annabel is a girl who's stuck in the middle. She has a terrible secret which she desperately needs to tell, but she doesn't know how to. When her sister gets anorexic, Annabel needs to be the strong one. She needs to continue doing something she's beginning to despise to keep her mother happy and from falling apart. But Annabel realises that she is the one that is threatening to fall apart.
When something terrible happens, she becomes an outcast at school. She's the hot topic among everyone around her, and those she thought she could trust are the ones running the rumour mill.
But when Annabel starts talking to Owen, a music-obsessed, completely honest outcast like herself, Annabel begins to see the light. Don't think or judge, just listen. And Owen slowly but surely helps Annabel confront her fears and face the light, holding her hand along the way.
This is a very sweet, very light read. If you're looking for something to read that isn't part of a series and doesn't have any complicated plot or characters, this is the book to read. however I would recommend it to a younger age, maybe 13-14-15, as I did find that it was a little too young for me (19), but again, it was something I still enjoyed.
1.) It's truthful, honest, witty, and well written
2.) It's one of those books that makes you actually feel the anger, happiness, shock, etc of the characters, which is very rare in a book, and very hard to do.
3.) Makes you want to just keep reading and finish it already because your dying to know what happens, but you also don't want it to end because you're enjoying the book/ reading it so
much, also very rare and hard to do.
1.) Sometimes in books (and this is just my opinion, and I am not trying to be rude or judgmental) you just get sick of hearing the same thing over and over again, and sometimes you need to have a little bit of a surprise here and there. (Again, just my opinion) (I felt that this book, even though there are many pros and cons, and I don' t think that with with either one can outweigh the other, given the fact that everyone has a different opinion,) was, in my opinion, was sort of predictable on some accounts.
2.) This may be just because I have read better material, given the fact that I am constantly reading, but I think that this book could've been made better. Now, I am not saying this to offend the author or the readers, because I myself am a writer and I don't want to be rude, but I think that the book, if written a little differently, could be much better if there were some things added. I am not saying to change the original story line, which I think is very good, but to, let's say, spice it up a little bit. Obviously since the story has already been written it can't be changed, but I feel it could have been better this way.
3.) Lastly, I think that this story sort of pales in comparison with Sarah Dessen's other books, such as, Along for the Ride, Dreamland, Keeping the Moon, etc. Don' t get me wrong, it's a good book, but in my opinion she has written far better books.
Overall I think that Just Listen is a good book, but maybe for younger or less advanced readers.(Again, this is just me stating my opinion and I am not trying to be rude, and I have read very advanced material, so it may be normal for me to feel this way.) It has its pros and cons just like any other book, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I'm just stating mine. So, I guess in other words that while I enjoyed the book, I would've enjoyed it much better if there were some changes made to it.
Written by Grace Will (age 11)
Annabel is surprised by how honest and open Owen is, and starts excepting the fact the truth will always be heard. She not only finds the strength to tell the truth, but how to find an audience to listen.