by Sarah Dessen
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.
I rarely read contemporary. I average about 5 a year (out of 50) but I’m usually always pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy them. This also was my very first Sarah Dessen book.
I picked up Just Listen for $.10 at Salvation Army. It’s funny because I never actually planned to read it, I was going to offer to send it to friends who read contemporary. $.10 for a hardcover book was too cheap to pass up!
A few of my good friends Carrie, Jamie and Lisa were buddy reading it so I shoved my way into their buddy read. #sorrynotsorry
I loved Annabel, I felt she was likeable and relatable.
This book also covered many important issues that I was glad to see.
- Eating Disorders
I actually really related to this book on many levels. I’ve had some personal issues that for a long time I kept hidden from a lot of people because of fear of how it would affect my life. When you’re hiding something you live in fear.
Annabel was living in fear. She had something happen to her that she was too afraid to speak up about. Fear of disappointing others drove her actions which ended up in isolation, loneliness and constant fear.
She also had many difficult issues that her family members were dealing with that she didn’t want to make things harder for others….so she kept quiet. Lying by omission is a huge theme in this book. One of which we are all guilty of at some point.
Owen. Annabel becomes friends with Owen a loner at school. He loves honesty and challenges Annabel to do the same. He’s also obsessed with music! I mean, obsessed!
Through time, difficulties and new life experiences Annabel learns many things about her self and others.
Overall this book was a fantastic read. I related so much to it. It was honest, real, and important. It covered a lot of heavy issues but dealt with them beautifully! It also was a lot of fun! I’d highly suggest you read it if you haven’t and if you haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books like me, I’d definitely start here! I have this book 5 stars!