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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen (2006)

by Sarah Dessen

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Absolutely loved it. >>insert gushing here ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
While the story of a family of models at first seems shallow and materialistic, characters develop and the novel becomes far more complicated and interesting than I would ever had guessed. Long, but worth the read.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
When events at a party at the beginning of the summer leave Annabel suddenly without her best friend, she dreads going back to school alone. She won't talk about what happened, and honestly has enough going on with her sister Whitney struggling with anorexia, and her mom still fragile after a bout with depression. Then she becomes friends with Owen, who's always listening to music and encourages Annabel to say what she really thinks.

Just Listen could so easily be an "issue" book with a point to be made, but while it touches on a lot, that never overwhelms the story of Annabel's growth, her acceptance of herself, and dealing with both interpersonal conflict and what happened at that party in May. I love Owen, the kid who had to go through anger management but resolves never to tell a lie. Annabel's family morphs and changes too, as she learns to see her sisters and parents in a new light and each of them grows over the course of the story. The dynamics among them rang true and were never heavy-handed. This was the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read and still among my favorites. ( )
  bell7 | Oct 31, 2016 |
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"Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story."
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I taped the commercial back in April, before anything had happened, and promptly forgot about it.
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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.
In this multi-layered, impossible-to-put-down book, Sarah Dessen tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade.
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When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend—the popular and exciting Sophie—she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. but then she meets Owen—a loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. with owen’s help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?

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Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.… (more)

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