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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads: Annabel Green 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?

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This was a little bit slow, and the beginning annoyed me a bit. I read around 60 pages and was so close to putting it in my DNF pile, then it got really good out of nowhere.

This book was predictable and a bit cliche, but it also dealt with some serious issues. The whole theme of “don’t think or judge, just listen” was really unique. Plus, there was character development all over the place.

The one thing that really stands out about this novel was Owen Armstrong. I adored Owen’s character and how he accepted Annabel for who she was, no matter what, and how he taught Annabell to be honest with everyone, even herself. I’m so glad their relationship wasn’t instalove.

Once I got the foreshadowing hints, I was reminded of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I wish I had read this when I was in high school, especially since I had some friends who had experienced situations similar to Annabel.

My Rating: tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlxaJcu1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptl5RKBV1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq

Which should I read next? That Summer, Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, or Lock and Key

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