Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Just Listen by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon


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?

My Thoughts:

In this book we meet Annabel and her sisters who are models each have their own personality Kirsten is the outgoing bubbly one, Whitney the middle sister not knowing where she fits and Annabel the baby and the one who kept everything inside.

In the beginning Annabel spends her time with Clarke her best friend for as long as she can remember but when the bad girl Sophie arrives Clarke and Annabel eventually become friend with  her.  But Sophie is all about boys and being this tough girl. Even to the point of ending Annabel's relationship with Clarke.  Then one night at a party Annabel's  life turned upside down when Sophie's boyfriend rapes Annabel and Sophie finds them in this compromising position and quickly believes her boyfriend Will Cash leaving annabel as the total outcast.

Annabel meets Owen who screams bad boy, but something about him draws Annabel in.  Meanwhile in NY Whitney is living with Kirsten and her life is falling apart.  Whitney has an eating disorder and doing her best to hide it from her family.  Finally the breaking point is when Kirsten brings Whitney home and goes back to NY where Whitney collapses in the bathroom only to be found by her younger sister Annabel.  Whitney is diagnosed with the eating disorder and put into therapy.  Which helps Whitney deal with the middle child syndrome.

Meanwhile Annabel's life is falling apart the only bright part in her days is Owen and what she learns from him about music but can she be honest with him, about what happened to her?  Will Owen accept this big secret Annabel has or will he leave her all alone.

I loved this story so far I haven't met a Sarah Dessen book I didn't like.  I liked how all three girls over came things to be better women.  How they each had life changing things and none of them had to do with modeling.  They all seemed to move on from modeling and find their way in the world and I thought it was great.  I really enjoyed it!
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