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This was my first Sarah Dessen book and man I was hooked so quick! ( )
Not all is as it seems in the Greene’s modern glass home. From the outside, sisters Annabel, Whitney and Kirsten Greene look perfect. All three are models, and Annabel starred in a commercial as the high school girl who has everything. Under the surface though, it’s an entirely different story.
Sarah Dessen's Just Listen takes a look inside the glass house. Whitney has an eating disorder which she doesn’t want to acknowledge, Kirsten is the oldest and doesn’t want to model anymore, and then there’s Annabel. After her best friend dumps her, Annabel spends her summer in a self-imposed social exile. She starts her junior year alone and friendless. Sitting alone at lunch, Annabel meets Owen, a tall, music-obsessed, “bad-boy” who teaches her about what it means to be honest. Through their friendship Annabel finds her voice and begins to use it.
One of the things I love about Sarah Dessen’s books is that, while they can be predictable, I always find characters with whom I can identify.
People-pleasing Annabel can’t stand to disappoint. She goes to great lengths in order to keep up appearances, even if it means lying. Avoidance is her modus operandi. She avoids what happened at a party before the summer; she avoids Clarke, her childhood best friend; she avoids dealing with Whitney’s eating disorder; she avoids telling her mother she no longer wants to model. She learns from Owen that lies by omission are still lies.
I used to believe that everyone had to like me or agree with me. I wish I had “an Owen” to inspire me to live in complete honesty, not mean-spirited, unsolicited criticism masquerading as honesty, but the kind that enables me to take ownership of my feelings and opinions. It has taken me a long time begin to understand that I have to respect myself, and I can’t avoid situations hoping that they will magically change. In facing things as they really are, I learn to accept them and, as Annabel does, become the person I am supposed to be.
This was a 3/5 up until the last 75 pages or so, then I was pulled in and hooked and actually teared up at one point. overall, not the best but a pretty decent read
Halfway in I got a feeling like I've read it already. I vaguely remember flipping through, so it's probably that.
And I'm not too invested here. A glimpse of Wes and Macy - and off I was deliriously happy and planning a re-read. That shows my emotional investment quite clearly.
Basically, I liked it well enough, considering.
I was actually tempted to just give up - did not really care about Annabel. Owen's personality only shined through at the very end. Not cool.
The last part of the book is the strongest.
I loved the family dynamics, but was left wanting more (quantity-wise).
The whole thing read a little flat and a bit unrealistic.
FINAL VERDICT: Find something else, please. I cannot in good conscience recommend this book
This was a really great book by Sarah Dessen that explored so many important issues. I loved the way the focus was more on the personal growth of the main character, which could have happened independent of getting the guy or not. Of course Owen was wonderful and critical to Annabelle finding her voice, but I loved the way the book also focused on the relationship and development of things with her sisters and mother, and with other friendships, too. 4/5 stars.
Please excuse typos. Learning to use screen reade.
"Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story."
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Lock and Key; Dreamland, Keeping The Moon; Just Listen; That Summer; Someone Like You; What Happened To Goodbye; The Moon And More; Along For The RIde; The Truth About Forever; This Lullaby door Sarah Dessen
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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.
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Dewey Decimale Classificatie (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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