Just Listen

Just Listen
Sarah Dressen

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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.

REVIEW: My sister gave me this book a couple of months back and I finally dug it out and read it. It took me awhile to read it as it was something that I read when I had nothing else to read. However in a bid to clean off my tbr pile I knuckled down last night and finished it.

It took me a long time to figure why Annabel did and acted the way she did, and once I knew that the book made so much more sense. The book is entirely in first person, all from Annabel’s perspective, and sometimes that bugs me however in this book and with this kind of issue it really worked.

One of the characters that I loved most was Owen, a boy that Annabel meets soon after school starts. Their friendship is one of those quirky and amazing relationships that comes out of nowhere and yet is the most important relationship that you could possibly ever have.

I really liked this book and how it dealt with something that can either make you or destroy you as a person. I am not going to say what it is because it is the driving force of everything that Annabel does throughout the book and we (the readers) don’t discover what it is until almost the end of the book.

I am now going to look for the other books that this author has and pick them up.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5

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