Friday, February 12, 2016

Mini Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen



JUST LISTEN is my most recent Dessen read.  I've now read everything except for her two latest releases (so excited for both)!  I have LOVED Dessen since I read KEEPING THE MOON, probably 4 or 5 years ago.  Since then, she has given me warmth and laughter and tears and love, unconditionally. JUST LISTEN was no exception.

  • This book is written in Dessen's excellent style and with Annabel's distinct voice.
  • The characters are SO LOVELY in this book.  While I always love Dessen, I don't always love her characters. (Like, as friends.  I wouldn't always have sleepovers with her MCs, if you know what I mean?)  But Annabel was so sweet and even though she had a lot of issues to work through, I loved her.
  • OWEN.  HE WAS SO DELIGHTFUL AND WEIRD AND EXACTLY MY KIND OF BOOK BOY. If you read this book just for Owen, I will not blame you/shame you. Do it now.
  • MUSIC.  SO much talk of music it is unbelievably wonderful.
  • Car washes.  DID YOU KNOW THAT CAR WASHES ARE MAGICAL?!  I mean, I always loved car washes before this book, but then. THEN.  There is a moment in a car wash in this book and it is DIVINE.
In the end, this book is a totally fun and adorable read that everyone should pick up.

Have you read JUST LISTEN?  What were your favorite things about it?  What's your favorite Dessen novel?  Let's chat!
SYNOPSIS

Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything" — at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.

This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
CONTENT

Clean! (Maybe some brief, minor cursing? Not enough to raise any flags.)

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