Sunday, May 22, 2011
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: April 2006
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Age Group: 12 and Up
Buy the Book: Amazon
This is my first Sarah Dessen book. I had never heard of her until recently that a friend made her known to me. I now know she is very well known and has written many Young Adult novels.
Her novel Just Listen is a story about a young girl named Annabel Greene who is struggling with various troubles. Annabel is a model and though through the screen she portrays the picture of happiness andthe perfection of her life in all ways, her life is far from perfect. She faces various struggles including her current situation with her former BFF Sophie, with whom she did not part on such a merrily note.
Annabel also faces family struggle; her sister is facing an eating disorder and her mother always looking so fragile she's afraid of telling her anything that might upset her. Just when Annabel's life is going through the worst she meets Owen Armstrong, tough, music-obsessed and bluntly honest. As she sees that there is more to Owen that meets the eye he helps her face her with her day to day battles and fight her fears. But will she finally speak of that feud that tore her and Sophie apart? Will she be able to speak of the unspeakeble and finally face her biggest fear?
I really liked Just Listen because it was a beautiful story about learning to be couragious and not being afraid of speaking the truth.