Saturday, May 23, 2009
Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Annabel Greene is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what she portrays in her modeling shorts. 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?
Oh goodness, I read this book like several weeks ago, so my memory of this book isn't as clear as it should be haha. But I shall try my best! Hmm, let me just first say that I've been a Sarah Dessen fan for a long time now and this book definitely didn't disappoint me! I'm not exactly WHAT it was that was so captivating of the plot, but something of it got me to keep reading and reading. I really liked this book because Owen is such an interesting character and I'm sure at least one piece of Annabel's life can relate to the reader, since so much happens in Annabel's life. For me, I found Owen to be such an intriguing character because he's just so honest. He's not just like those guys in other romance books where he's super good-looking, dreamy, etc. In fact the way he's first described, he seems kind of big and scary and off in his own little world. But his personality and the way he reacts to various things in his life made me love him! Plus, the book keeps you guessing and wondering what's going to happen next. The one thing of the book I didn't like too much is Annabel, except I don't really blame Dessen because I guess that's just how Annabel's character is. Anyways, I just hated how Annabel keeps everything so bottled up inside, and only runs away from her problems instead of facing them. It made me frustrated! That's probably another reason why I like Owen, he made Annabel loosen up a bit ;)
4 smiles out of 5 smiles
You know something crazy I noticed? I haven't written a review since last MONTH! Goodness sakes! Luckily the school year is almost over so I'll be a better book reviewer/blogger once I'm not crushed with piles of schoolwork!