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Just Listen (2006)

by Sarah Dessen

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As always, Dessen beautifully portrays her adolescent characters, flaws and all. In this novel, Annabel Greene appears, on the surface, as the popular and privileged high school girl. She excels in school, has cool friends, and even has a part-time job as a model. Yet, on the inside, Annabel is a fragile, insecure girl. Her family life is strained as her parents attempt to deal with her sister’s eating disorder, and now her best friend is no longer talking to her after a misunderstood incident at a summer party. After a lonely summer, Annabel is dreading the return to school as a social outcast, but she soon finds honesty and trust in an unlikely friend, Owen. This friendship ultimately leads Annabel to face the truth about a devastating, life-changing experience. Dessen’s lifelike characters and relatable storylines offer important and gripping lessons for teenagers, especially girls. Expose your readers to this novel, and they will certainly ask for more of her work. ( )
  ginawilliams | Nov 19, 2014 |
A novel by one of my favorite authors, this is the best book of hers too. I wouldn't want to spoil the story. Even though, this is a novel about high school teenagers, it doesn't deal with the usual party hard and get drunk business. It deals with insecurities, peer pressure, family, anorexia and so on. It's a realistic Young Adult novel. The male character Owen is amazing, one of those adorable guys you just want to swoon ever. ( )
  benishkhanx | Nov 4, 2014 |
I'm totally overwhelmed after reading this book. I cried because I am like Annabel who likes to hide what's inside her. But, as the book says, silence is so freaking loud.

"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." Well, this quote, I like it. ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
I'm totally overwhelmed after reading this book. I cried because I am like Annabel who likes to hide what's inside her. But, as the book says, silence is so freaking loud.

"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." Well, this quote, I like it. ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
Favorite book of all time. So real, deep, carries so much meaning in such simple words. Funny, quirky, tear jerker, and satisfying. This is a gem, makes you think! ( )
  delilahparrie | Jun 30, 2014 |
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"Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story."
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The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost
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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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