Just Listen

Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen
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TeenReaderIL More than 1 year ago
When I went to the library I saw this book and thought "Oh well this is going to be one of those girlie dramas, but I'll give it a shot." There was in fact a lot of drama but not so much to a point where it was overwhelming just to read it. Annabelle Annabelle Annabelle Greene (a joke) a model, actress, with a perfect life...on the outside. At home she struggles with her sister's eating disorder, at school drama with a girl (ex-friend) who thinks Annabelle slept with her boyfriend, as well as the (ex-BFF) other girl who all over the summer and for most of the semester Annabelle thinks hates her.Juggling all this plus a new friendship with Owen Armstrong the mysterious boy who always has his headphones on. As this friendship blooms into love, Annabelle will have to open up and discuss what really happened the night at the party that led to the fight and all the drama. Annabelle will find herself and discover that even though it may hurt, honesty is the best policy.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I have read all Sarah Dessen's books and this one is one of my favourites.
TheChesireCat More than 1 year ago
This is easily my favorite of Ms. Dessen's stories. As always, she did a fabulous job portraying popular teens vs. the outcasts, and how it only takes on little misunderstanding to find yourself on the other side of the fence. With the character of Owen, she shows that you (no pun intended) cannot judge a book by it's cover (or a teen by their clothes or attitude). There are many layers to people and Ms. Dessen showed each and every one in the amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is a story about secrets and consequences that keeps you flipping the pages and wanting more. This story is about a teenage girl named Annabel Greene who in the beginning stars as "the girl who has it all" in a commercial for a local mall. Months later when the comercial finally airs, Annabel sees herself differently. She was best friends with a girl named Sophie and the reason they ended their friendship isn't revealed until the later chapters. Annabel is more comfortable keeping her own secrets than actually opening up to the truth and facing her problems. I think this is one of those books that teenagers and young adults can relate to. I would recomend this to anyone that has read any of Dessen's other novels such as Dreamland, Someone Like You, and Along for the Ride
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anabelle This novel truly explains what it is like to be a sixteen-year-old girl. Every woman can relate to the main character, from conflicting emotions to unspeakable tragedy. This book is applicable to all young women whether they have experienced eating disorders, attempted rape or not. The reader becomes part of the family through the small details expressed by Dessen. This book should be read by women and girls everywhere, the author helps to show women that life moves on and that hope emerges even in the midst of adversity.  I know most of you have probably read this book, but I just read it, and it is excellent - my favorite Sarah Dessen book. It deals with a lot of big issues in a real down-to-earth way, like all of her other books. And I have to say that I am officially in love with Owen. :) If you haven't read it yet, read it and you'll understand why. Wouldn't it be wonderful if a guy like him actually existed?   Very inspirational and insightful. It kept me wanting to keep reading. Lots of great life lessons. I loved the character Owen, not a typical teenage boy.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is the BEST of sarah's work! There are a few topics that'll be geared toward older teens, and a few f-bombs, but it wad totally worth it! A must on everyone's reading list!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful book. One of the best I've ever read. Dessen did a fabulous job writing it. I don't know if Annabell's 'big secret' was suppose to be a suprise the whole book, but looking at the cover and the title and the first chapter, I knew exactly what happened to her. The book itself is just sad, and has that depressing presence to it. If you love Dessen's books, I think you'll love this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of Sarah's book are phenomenal. This story moved me and I would recommend it to teens ages 12 and up.
LillyReads More than 1 year ago
When I first found out about Sarah Dessen, I was kind of reluctant to start reading her books. I don't know why, I just was. This was the first book I read by her and I have to say it was amazing! The story line was very well organized and it's easy to go along with it, because so much of each character is explained that you find yourself relating to one of them at some point. I did not want to put this book down after I started it! It's just amazing and I absolutely recommend it to anybody who likes a little romance, humor, and plenty of suspense and drama. (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a reader. Ive read so many books ive lost count, but this book definitely will alwats stay with me. I first read this book when my mom made me stop reading the twilight series over and over. You see i use to hate reading but the twilight movie made me want to give it a shot. This book just happened to be at walmart soi bought it not really having high expectation......but HONESTLY it blow me out of the water. It's STILL my favorite back after reading at least 200 books maybe more that should say something. BUY IT. It's worth every penny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was, by far, the best Sarah Dessen book I have ever read. Of course, I loved all the other ones I read, but in Just Listen, it was like something just....clicked....in me. I'm not quite sure of what, but I am positively sure of one thing: Just Listen is a phenominal read that I will pass on to all of my friends and family. Annabel Greene has never admitted the negative details of her life to ANYONE—sometimes not even herself. So many things haunt her past: How she lost her best friend, how she got taken advantage of by her other "friend"'s boyfriend. But she refuses to tell anyone anything, fearing that her loved ones will break down with disappointment, shock, and sadness, a depressing thing that Annabel had witnessed once, which was one time too many. But that changes, somewhat, when she meets Owen. She'd always been slightly afraid of him, as he has anger management issues, and she witnessed him punch someone in the face. But when she comes back to school in September, alone, she can't help but say hi—and that's when she realizes he is much nicer than she expected him to be. Owen teaches Annabel about "real" music, along with how important it is for him to tell the truth. This is the exact opposite of what Annabel is used to; she holds the truth in, no one knowing about her upsetting past but herself, while Owen dishes everything that's on his mind. And Annabel soon realizes that telling the truth might get her in the exact opposite direction of where she expected—a better place. Now someone has to just listen. Sarah Dessen has definitely proved, in this engaging, amazing novel, that telling the truth can get you much, much farther than keeping it in. 10 stars. It was amazing. I can't wait to read another book of Sarah's.
TheReaderxXx More than 1 year ago
Just Listen was so captivating that I couldn't put the book down. The fact that the story was based thoroughly on relationships(with the family as well as friends)and music. I felt that I could relate. Annabel Greene, the protagonist, was faced with the conflict of many things including a secret that she has yet to tell. She then meets Owen Armstrong, a guy who has a passion for music. A deep passion. He shows that music is his escape, he constantly seeks for it, and can't imagine life without it. He knows the obscure music, that most people won't think it's music, but really, that IS the TRUE music. Music changed both Annabel's and Owen's life. Who they were, their outlook on life, that silence is much louder than any noise. The title Just Listen, is true to the story and yes, in real life. "Don't think, or judge. Just listen." One of my favorite quotes from the book, and a memorable line... Just Listen, is yes a 'chick lit' but a great one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so i absolutely love the way Sarah Dessen writes her books, my only complaint is that it gets old. Ive read lock and key, along for the ride, and what happened to goodbye before i read just listen. I loved all of them, its just that they were all the same story: girl feels lonely. Meets a guy. They start hanging out. Then something goes wrong and they stop talking for weeks. Then they work things out. The end. Im not saying the books are all the same, its just that they dont have anything particularly special that surprises you and makes it better than all the other ones. I loved lock and key (because it was the first one i read by sarah dessen), and after that it kept getting more and more boring because i felt i was reading the same thing again. So all in all, i love sarah dessen, but u could only read so many books by her by the time you get bored of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i dont rhink this was one if her better pieces. it was very slow to read, almost too slow until annabel met owen, and even then you had another 200 pages until the climax. the plot didnt build up to the climaxtoo, dessen kept jumping around explaining how annabel got to this point in life. it was like annabel was going back in the past sometimes for a whole chapter, when she didnt want to. it wasnt that it was confusing but the stories of annabels past were so surprising that it was hard to go back to the present with her. there some good qualities like being honest which led to finally letting your past go so you can move on, and not pushing people away when you get close to them. i do have to say i liked all the characters in the book, including the end result of Whitney and Kirsten. however when dessen first described her mom being so happy and a smile on her face always it was harderto think she went through depression. this book hits a bunch of topics including depression, eating disorder, modeling, music, friendships, family life and rape. definately for older and mature teens if you decide to read this at all. i wouldnt recommend it for all the above reasons.
alvegs More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book. It's drama filled and I never wanted to put it down because I wasn't sure what was going to happen with Annabel and Owen. It was a chick flick, but not to the point where it was annoying. It has a good way on describing hwo people may seem one way on the outside, when actually they are suffering at home or on the inside. I think it could realy open some people's eyes to different views. The story line in general was just great! THEY SHOULD MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a great book, sometimes it got kind of boring but otherwise it was pretty good. i wouldnt recomend this to anybody under thirteen years of age because there is a pretty descriptive rape in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and it was absolutely amazing. I could really feel annabels pain through the course of the story. The plot was great and it kept me at the edge of my seat. Sarah dessen has never disappointed me in her books. She is one of my favorite authors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was emotional and absoulutely wonderful.... I loved it..... I love music and can relate to Owen...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finnished this book last night and I loved it! I must say though after reading the first four chapters i wanted to stop. It did alot of thinking back, kind of jumpy, didnt know if it was happing in the moment or was part of the past. By about chapter six it stopped the back and forth thing and started to get exciting for me and i couldn't put it down. In the end it all came together and was actually quite life changing for me. I really dont see why anyone wouldn't like this book other than it was kind of hard to follow in the begining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a model named annabel greene. She has twoolder sisters named kristen and whitney. Kristen is the loud in your face type of person that is not afraid to speak her mind. Then there is whitney. Whitney develops a eating disorder and is more quiet, if you want to know how she feels you have to ask her, while kristen wouldnjust tell you. Annabel falls somewhere in between. She usualy says her sisters are two extremes and she is somewhere in the middle. There are four other characters that are a big part of annabels life. Owen, a music fanatic that struggles with anger issues and takes an anger management class. Sophie, a snotty popular girl that, like kristen, is in your face and has not many fears. Clarke, a nice girl that follows the rules and is a great friend. And emily, a model, like annabel, kristen, and whitney, that is a year younger than annabel and is sweet. The story is mainly about annabels life, from going to court for a long ago rape, to dealing with her life fall apart. This is a great book and i think you should read it, you will not be let down!
Kgirl16 More than 1 year ago
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is a book you nver want to stop reading. The book keeps you on edge till the veary end. The ending is somthing that you would never expect. I recamend this book to anyone, for i belive that anyone can love this book as i have.:-)
iamchuckbass More than 1 year ago
Just listen is another great book from Sarah Dessen. I cared about the characters, wanted to know what happened to all of them to make them become who they are. The characters are well developed. The story emotionally grabs you from the beginning although you don't find out what "happened" till later on. It goes above and beyond to tackle major issues such as rape, eating disorders, mental illness, and last but not least love. I recommend this for most any teens. The subject matter is serious but done in a way that is not graphic or over the top. It reminds me that life is hard but can always be better if open up to the people you care about and who care about you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brittney McCormick I am a student at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama. I read Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. In this book, Annabelle is starting a new year at school. She is shunned by her friend, now ex-friend, because of something that happened the summer before. As a result of her being shunned she meets a guy named Owen by a wall where she eats lunch. They befriend each other and end up together. Annabelle must decide if she will ever tell anyone what happened on that summer night. I enjoyed Just Listen because it was intriguing and it pulled you in to the story. It was not something I could relate to however, some girls my age can so it was really good for someone my age. I love Sarah Dessen's novels because they really make you think. I like reading books that relate to teens today and things that we are going through. Also, I like how you can read a book and when something goes on as in Just Listen it makes you thankful and makes you really think about your life and others.
Elisa95 More than 1 year ago
Just Listen, is about a girl named Annabel Greene who comes off as if she has everything. It's the complete opposite though; she lost her best friend (Sophie), her reputation, her sister got an eating disorder and her love for modeling is gone all in the beginning of her summer before senior year. Her life doesn't begin to change until she meets Owen, a hulky intense guy, who shares with her that music can help you learn to listen clearly to yourself. She learns to open up a little bit and begins to stop telling white lies, which she tells to avoid people asking questions about why her and Sophie really stopped becoming best friends. Through Annabel's struggle to speak up, Owen helps her to see that it's a matter of living day by day, or even moment by moment. When first reading the summary of the book, I thought it was going to be another one of those sappy "life's tough" books, but I was wrong. I loved this book! I loved how it was about a girl who went from having what she thought was everything to nothing, to having the right balance of everything and nothing. It seemed like it was a real high school setting with the drama, awkwardness, parties, and boring family nights. I also enjoyed the random romantic twist in it. I think anyone who likes to read about high school based stories will enjoy this book!
vivalabrianna More than 1 year ago
This is one of the many Sarah Dessen books I have read. reading this over the summer, from the title I could tell that this book would be one of Dessen's best. The book is about a teenage girl holding a horrid secret. I recommend it to anyone wo loves Sarah Dessen.