Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen“Annabel Greene is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel’s life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister’s eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen – intense, music-obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?”

Sarah Dessen strikes again! Well, kind of. This book isn’t exactly one of her newest ones but it is still one of the best. Actually, I think all of her books are pretty good. I discovered her back when I was in middle school at our local library. I had volunteered there a lot before I got a job so I hung out with a lot of high school girls that worked there. This book was recommend to me by one of those high schoolers when I mentioned that I didn’t know what to read. Back then I took their word and gave this book a try. I didn’t disappoint then and it didn’t disappoint now. I can’t say exactly what it is about Sarah’s books that make them so captivating but once you start one of her novels it’s so hard to put it down. I picked this book up a few days ago and told myself that since I had a free hour I was going to start it. Let’s just say everything else that I had wanted to get done that day was pushed aside and by the next day this book was finished. It would have been done in one day but I needed to get some sleep in before work. I really liked how Sarah incorporated the modeling world into this novel. Many times girls, especially young teens, view themselves in a negative light because of the ads and models that they have seen. People in advertisements always look so happy and as if they have everything that they could possibly need or want in life. Yet the author showed her readers that the modeling world is not always what it seems to be. For some it is a great fit but for others, it slowly crushes their spirit. Having a smile on your face does not always mean true happiness. In this case, it means happy faces sell more products. Sophie’s character in this novel had me wanting to knock some sense into her. She striked me as someone who wanted complete control of every situation but had no heart when it came to gaining that control. She hurt a great deal of people, including the ones closest to her, without a second thought. Personally, I would not want to be friends with someone like that. For those of you who are Sarah Dessen fans, you will love this book (at least I hope so) and if you haven’t read any novels by this author yet then I encourage you to pick up one of her books and give it a try!

 

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