"Just Listen" is a captivating young adult novel about learning to forgive and forget from "New York Times" Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, author of "The Truth About Forever" and "Lock and Key," Sarah Dessen. I'm Annabel. I'm the girl who has it all. Model looks, confidence. A great social life. I'm one of the lucky ones. Aren't I? My 'best ...
"Just Listen" is a captivating young adult novel about learning to forgive and forget from "New York Times" Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, author of "The Truth About Forever" and "Lock and Key," Sarah Dessen. I'm Annabel. I'm the girl who has it all. Model looks, confidence. A great social life. I'm one of the lucky ones. Aren't I? My 'best friend' is spreading rumours about me. My family is slowly falling apart. It's turning into a long, lonely summer, full of secrets and silence. But I've met this guy who won't let me hide away. He's one of those intense types, obsessed with music. He's determined to make me listen. And he's determined to make me smile. But can he help me forget what happened the night everything changed? Sarah Dessen is the author of stunning teen novels: "The Truth About Forever", "Along for the Ride", "Lock and Key", "That Summer" and "What Happened to Goodbye". She lives in the countryside in North Carolina with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love.
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I absolutely loved this book!
i could relate to it and ways and sympathize with her even if it wasn't exactly what i went through. I reccommend this book to any teen girl!
Oct 7, 2010
i loved this book to the core. it made me to start thinking back to how i've lived my life. about all the mistakes i have made and definitely all the lies i have made up! i think that everyone secretly wishes they were like Owen Armstrong. u knw, always saying what you think whether it hurts or not. or always telling the truth no matter what kind of trouble it would get you. after i read this book, it made me realise how we as humans are so dishonest. I wish we could all just have the strength and willpower to always tell the truth and always speak up. As for Annabel Greene, she just needed someone to listen to her. it had mostly been about her sisters. first her sister having an eating disorder and her Mother been so fragile to here the truth. But thankfully, she found someone that was willing to listen in Owen Armstrong. :)
Jan 9, 2010
This was for my granddaughter as a Christmas present. She loves to read and likes this author
Sep 4, 2009
This book was great. It really opened your eyes to some of the issues that people deal with and made you understand them from their points of view. Very compassionate story!
Nov 16, 2008
Oh what a book!
This was actually the first book I read of Sarah Dessen and I have fell in love with her way of writing ever since. Through out all the books I've read of hers this is the best. It's like reading into someone's diary and I swear the characters will relate to you in some way. At one point you will feel as if your the main character. Very touching and definetly READ this book you will not be let down.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-13 Annabel Greene, who narrates, lives with her gorgeous sisters in a glass house designed by their architect father, in Dessen's (This Lullaby) familiar suburb of Lakeview. Predictably, the surface perfection masks trouble. Oldest sister Kirsten, "the family powder keg," has left for New York. When middle sister Whitney follows to pursue a modeling career, the two clash, and Whitney returns home with a full-blown eating disorder. Their mother, Grace, operates in what Annabel wryly calls the "default Greene family mode," pretending everything is just fine. Annabel, who inherited this trait, nevertheless begins her junior year as a pariah. Flashbacks reveal that her unwanted status is the result of something that happened with the boyfriend of her ex-best friend, a vicious girl who believes "everyone had a place and it was her job to make sure you knew yours." What moves this story beyond problem novel fare is Dessen's nuanced characters, especially hulking Owen, another outcast who, in befriending Annabel, reminds her not to judge by appearances, while steeping her in his eclectic musical tastes. Annabel sharply observes everyone's blinders, including most of her own-with one disturbing exception. The heroine paints her problem as social ostracism, when really the situation is much more serious. But since Annabel "[doesn't] do confrontations," she swallows the truth until her attacker victimizes someone else. Comparisons to Melinda, the heroine of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, are inevitable. Dessen packs a lot into this novel, perhaps too much; but Annabel and Owen's finely limned connection alone gives this novel staying power. Ages 12-up (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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