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There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.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, AnnabelThere is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.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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Just Listen Reviews

  • Ariana
    2019-04-13 15:21

    "The best way out is always through."This book kept me thinking...How many times did you answer to the question "how are you" with just "fine", or "I’m ok"?How many times did you feel like your heart was breaking but you couldn't make it right?How many of your dark, inside secrets have made your heart break a little bit more every day?How many times did you need help but you didn't know how to ask for it?How many people tried to be part of your life, but you kept them in dark?How many times when someone got too close to you, did you push that person away?How many times did you have so much to tell, but didn’t find the words?How many times silence got so loud that you couldn't bear to listen to it any longer?Someone said that the mp3 players were made for the people that can’t handle their own thoughts… So tell me, how many times did you get yourself lost in music, not wanting to hear the rhythm of your own heartbeat?Too many times to count.There are secrets that we keep safe in our heart, there are things that could hurt the people we love if we let them out, there are friendships lost between the layers of time, and there are people that get to know us better than anyone because they know how to look into our heart..For all these, there is this book – about broken hearts, and lost dreams, about loneliness, and silent cries, about being too late and second chances, about love in every form we can find it.And for all those people we need to do one thing: just listen.In this story we meet Annabel - a girl that has lost her old friends, her old life and eventually, herself.She doesn’t know what to do with her life, she doesn’t know how to be part of her family that seems to be falling apart, she doesn’t know how to say “I’m sorry”, she doesn’t know how to say what’s wrong with her, and she doesn’t know what to do with all the bad things that happened to her and she didn’t say a word to no one about.When one boy from school, Owen, starts hanging with her and challenging her to put into words her real feelings as they are, the chaos that her life has become seems to get bigger, and the only way for her to make things right is to start being honest with the people around her (her mother, her friends, even Owen), and more than that, to be honest with herself."Plus there's the fact that music is a total constant. That's why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment."You would think that telling the truth is as easy as breathing, but is it? Who decides if a lie is big or small; if a lie can make us happy or sad? And if we say the truth, will it make a difference? And how do you know, whom you can trust with your secrets? And how do you know if they will believe the truth or they will think that it’s another lie?How do you say what you want, when you don’t even know it, and how will you face the truth when you’re trying to run away from it?Yes, we live in a world full of lies – some of them are meant to make us feel better, some are meant to make us cry; some of us can make the difference between a dark secret and a light lie, but most of us are starting to forget what being honest really is: not to say all that you think, but to think all that you say!So, the next time your heart is telling you its truth.. just listen!Yeah. Don't think, or judge. Just Listen.This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.com____________________________________________Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO)____________________________________________

  • Tasha
    2019-04-18 13:32

    Am I the only person who is tired of Sarah Dessen?I loved the first book of hers I read, Someone Like You, but unfortunately it seems like the more books of hers I read, the more formulaic her writing becomes.It seems like every novel she writes follows this structure:1) Girl (with very uncommon name) is unhappy about something in her life2) Girl with very uncommon name meets Boy with very uncommon name3) Girl and Boy decide to date4) Big major conflict in story happens that causes girl and boy to doubt each other, and they have a huge fight and then breakup5) In some versions of the story, the boy and the girl get back together, but in some they don't. Either way, the relationship that occurred causes the girl to realize something really profound about herself, or her life, or blah blah blah.Gag!Why is this author suggesting to our teenagers that they can't overcome the obstacles in life without a boy to help them through it? And she's even a teacher in creative writing! - She's got to realize that by this point everything she writes is starting to sound the same! I might be the only person who's not looking forward to her new book.UPDATE May 2015: I thought it was especially interesting, seeing as I had previously written this review, that I recently received what was purported to be a "personal letter" from Sarah Dessen. Imagine my initial confusion (Did she read my review and wants to reprimand me? Is she distraught over its content? Does she want to discuss how I arrived at my conclusions?), which later turned to laughter as I realized that it was really an advertisement for her new book,Saint Anything . She claims that the story means a lot to her, and that she hopes it will mean a lot to me too. In this case, however, me simply refers to everyone this blanket book suggestion was sent to. Such disappointment I have with today's marketing generalizations...UPDATE September 2017: If you liked this review, you may want to look at my review of Sarah's other book, That Summer, where I expand on the other things I think are missing from her the fact that her protagonists don't seem to have any real personalities...or friends...

  • Cara
    2019-03-31 14:25

    This is going to sound stupid but I'm hyperventilating writing this review. I hardly ever buy books but I bought this one as a present for my sister (she introduced me to Dessen) and of course I just happened to read it too. I've read this book four times (the most I've re-read any book) and I know it inside and out, but I don'tthinkknow I won't be able to do it justice. Here goes nothing...First of all I could probably write a whole dissertation on Owen. He's is just so...AWESOMEreally that word doesn't even cover it, but I will refrain about talking about him too much (keyword try). Annabel Greene is your typical beautiful middle class girl but we all know that the surface isn't always what it seems. She is hiding a terrible secret that she won't even admit to even herself. It only takes one night to change everything. Everything from Annabel's relationships to the description of the glass house is pitch perfect. The storyline hits so many things. Eating disorders, modeling, music (huge in this story), anger, high school dynamics, family relationships, and so many other relevant topics but it never feels like it's being stuffed. It's told with the right amount of realism and the pacing is right on. The one thing (among many others) that struck me the most was Owen's policy of always saying the truth. After reading this I always feel a little more conscious of what exactly I'm saying.Everytime I read this book I still laugh at the same parts, still anticipate certain scenes, and still cringe at the heavy moments. Annabel comes to know that she really was never alone as she felt because in reality she was always only a hand reach away from people that are willing to just listen.When this song plays I always remember this book.

  • Jessica (priceiswong)
    2019-04-18 12:27

    4.5 stars I really, really liked this book. I definitely feel for Annabel and her family... I loved how big a part music had in this story as well as friendship. This book shows the importance of family and friends, speaking up for yourself, and of course listening to those around you. This was my first Sarah Dessen book and I'd definitely love to read another!

  • Kai
    2019-04-15 08:41

    "There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying."This was spectacular. After the disappointment that was Saint Anything I wasn't motivated to try another Sarah Dessen novel for a while. However I was looking for a nice summer read and Just Listen popped into my head. Many of my friends told me that it was their favourite Dessen book (mine is The Truth About Forever) and I decided that it was time I read it.Sarah Dessen's books are always the same: it's a typical American chick lit novel. A pretty main character who pretends everything is perfect, high school cliques, surburban moms and a cute, handsome love interest. You could narrow it down to that, but it's so much more. Sarah really managed to surprise me. Behind the facade of the typical light summer read hides a thoughtful story. Maybe that is because my expectations were so low, but I didn't think that I would love this book so much. The only things I could criticise is the rather plain main character and her father. A husband and father of three daughters shouldn't evade arguments. He shouldn't run for cover when the talk turns to menstruation or buying tampons. He should man up.There are a few things you should know before you go into this book. It deals with difficult topics, such as depression, eating disorders and rape. But in my opinion Sarah Dessen handled them extremely well and I am again surprised that she dared to bring so much heaviness and depth to this novel. That is also what impressed me the most, though.I wonder if Sarah's newest book is just as good as this one. I might just have to check it out.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Erin
    2019-03-28 07:24

    Annabel Green lives in a glass house - literally. But even inside of the glass house that her father built, she realizes that it is easy to hide secrets. It is easy to hide the fact that her mother has become a different person since her grandmother’s death. That her oldest sister has moved away, leaving a gaping hole in the family.It is easy to hide the fact that her other sister is suffering from an eating disorder that her parents choose to dismiss until it’s almost too late. Like her family, Annabel also has secrets to hide. It is easy to cover up the reasons why her friends no longer talk to her. But why is Annabel Green so keen on hiding from her friends and family? She seems to have the perfect life – great friends, a nice family, and a promising career as a model. At least, she did until that night last summer…The only person she seems to connect with anymore is another high school student who is a loner by choice. Owen teaches Annabel that she needs to be honest with everyone – including herself. She has been ignoring the one voice she should have been listening to all along – her own. When it comes to music, other people’s opinions, or Annabel’s inner monologue, Owen’s advice remains the same: don’t judge...just listen.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-03-31 13:45

    Just Listen now replaces This Lullaby as my favorite by Sarah Dessen and has earned a well deserved place among my favorite YAs of all time. This is one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve ever read and I’m still a bit sniffling as I’m writing this review. The story is mainly about Annabel, who despite her beauty and popularity just wants to keep to herself and opts to hide her true feelings and problems being the youngest daughter of three girls in her family. Seeing her parents already going through so much especially with her middle sister’s illness, she decides to unburden her own family by burying in silence her deepest, darkest trouble and attempts to live her life by simply trying to forget until she becomes friends with Owen who could be quickly described as a teenage Hulk with constant earphones and a faithful servant of honesty and straightforwardness. Together, Annabel and he are dubbed as Beauty and the Beast but I love that they both don’t care, especially Owen who has this admirable, refreshing character and personality. I learned quite a lot from him especially from his effective anger management techniques and his passionate perspective about music even if his choices are mostly eccentric. This is one of those YA contemporaries that managed to hit so many targets in just one story. It also managed to shoot me straight to the heart resulting to unavoidable waterworks even though there were so many times the characters and dialogues cracked me up too. I love that the story is rich in themes especially on family, how it portrays both the dark and bright side of every family, how every individual member sometimes goes through something so dark but that is what family is for, to be there for you no matter what. I also love the individual stories of Annabel and her sisters that put so much meaning and layers in the story contributing to this one whole meaningful theme that resonated throughout the novel. I also admire the emphasis on the power of music, its ability to heal, to connect people and to make important memories linger.JUST LISTEN. Two very short and simple words consisting of one simple sentence but these two words will now mean so much more to me and hopefully to more people out there as well because whether we admit it or not, a lot of people spend more time talking than really listening. I take back my most recent comment on Ms. Sarah Dessen’s books because she has exceeded herself in this novel. She has earned both my awe and respect for coming up with this beautiful piece that gripped, touched, inspired and most of all enlightened me and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-21 07:23

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.comUp until now, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER has always been my favorite Sarah Dessen book. Now that I've read JUST LISTEN, however, I think there's a tie! The characters of this latest release are so honestly real, their dialogue perfectly placed, that you can't help but be pulled into the life and times of Annabel Greene. Of course everyone thinks that Annabel has the perfect life. She's a model who has been in television commercials, in print ads, and in fashion shows at the local mall. She's popular at school, even if it is mostly because she's best friends with Sophie, the high school girl who demands attention. Her father is an architect who designed their house of glass; her mother lives for Annabel's modeling; she has two older sisters, Kirsten and Whitney, who are both former models themselves. Under all of that perfection, of course, lies the real Annabel. The one who suffered from something so horrible at the end of the last school year that she's lost not only her best friend, but her self-respect. Her family is so consumed with Whitney's eating disorder, with Kirsten's college life far away in New York, with keeping everything under control that Annabel doesn't tell them what's happened--the things that are still happening every day she goes to school just dreading the day. She doesn't want to add more problems to the mix; in fact, she lies by omission, simply avoiding the truth rather than shattering her family's illusions. But then Annabel meets Owen Armstrong, a boy she once watched punch out another student, then calmly walk away. Owen keeps to himself, never seems to be without his iPod, and doesn't appear to need any friends. But after he reaches out a hand to her, literally, after she's sick outside of school one day, a budding relationship of friendship begins to build between the guy who never lies, no matter what--and the girl who lies to protect other's feelings, namely her own. I loved JUST LISTEN. Owen is a character that will immediately grab your interest, especially with lines like "...for me, not saying how I feel when I feel it is a bad move. So I don't do it. Look at it this way: I might be saying you're fat, but at least I'm not punching you in the face." As for Annabel, the things she's holding inside are tearing her apart, and, in the end, it's the strength of her sisters that gets her to ask for help. The characters of Kirsten and Whitney are complicated and complex, and I have to admit that there's a part near the end of the book in which the sisters come together that had me crying like a baby. As for Annabel, it's not all about telling the truth, but about listening, not just to others, but mostly to that voice inside of her: "...this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It doesn't just catch up: it overtakes, blotting out the future, the landscape, the very sky, until there is no path left except that which leads through it, the only one that can ever get you home."

  • Glass
    2019-03-28 14:22

    Half way trough this book, I realized that I was scared. Scared because it took me back to the place in my mind which I don't have any dessire to go back - ever again! I used to have a "friend" like Sophie, I had a eating disorder when I was senior, there was "owen" who helped me to wake up (but, he was just a friend). It took me two years to recover completely and it was awful. I used to stop eating when things in my life were out of my control and it gave me false sense of some kind od meaning, stability. When everything else was out of my reach, my body was one thing I controled. And don't for one second think that now I don't have moments when I feel tempted to slip back. It follows you, always, and you have to fight with yourself all the time. So, girls, read this book! And don't be afraid to look for a help!

  • Taylor Knight
    2019-04-03 13:42

    I'd seen so much about Sarah Dessen and her books but I never got around to reading one of her books until a friend gave me Just Listen. I started it right away and finished it within a couple days. It's save to say I'll be read another Sarah Dessen book soon.This book is so well written and emotional. I quickly became invested in not just Annabel but her whole family has well. Just Listen deals with many difficult issues and I felt like everything was handled in a very powerful way. I love how Just Listen focused a lot on family. Not a lot of YA books include family has a main theme but Just Listen did. And it was consistently a main focus though out the whole book. There was so much character development in this book! I love development in teenage characters and Sarah Dessen is amazing at it with this book.Owen was such an amazingly well written character. He's so honest and I loved how he was able to teach his honesty to Annabel. I wish more male characters were like Owen.Overall, I loved this book so much. It was so heartfelt and powerful. I'm basically at a loss for words because my love for this book cannot be expressed with words. I highly recommend picking this book up.

  • Monisha
    2019-04-24 10:28

    Don't think or judge, just listen.These words are screaming in my head right now and lord, are they inspiring. Annabel, just your average girl used to be popular, had one really popular friend and had everything right. She keeps to herself about what happened during summer, where everything turned upside down.The story starts off with her and gets even better once she meets Owen. He is most definitely music obsessed, always telling the truth and has anger management issues.I loved Owen! He takes his music so seriously, it's laughable! If he was real and saw that comment, he'd kill me. No joke. But that's what I love about him as do others in this book. He's completely honest and won't think twice about lying to others. Annabel, however, refuses to tell the truth of what caused her life to come to this.Oh, I could dedicate this whole review just to Owen, but I won't.I promise!They way Annabel and Owen developed was really interesting, it wasn't insta-love and it wasn't like they were destined to be with each other. But how these two were like forced together, two loners at high school, was so intense to read. It is talent when you make the reader (someone like me), love your characters with all my heart and the romance, ohhhhh~~~ the romance *swoons* I think I died reading it.I must say there was a lot of reflecting back to the past in this book, but I think Sarah Dessen did a awesome job at it. It's not like info dumping, where it just gets ridiculous and boring. All of it was necessary and showed so much depth. I really think Just Listen puts your mind into perspective of Annabel's life, there's drama of all sorts; eating problems, romance, friendship, family, modelling. This contemporary novel is one of a kind.Her story is so remarkable; you want to read all the secrets yourself. No review can some up the words for this genuine novel.All the unscrambled situations will work itself out in the end.Sarah Dessen will not disappoint the young teen readers.Once you start you won’t be able to stop. That’s a promise.Simply adored the book for the way the story is told. Loved the R and R's, the two rings that Owen wears and the World of Waffles!PS: If you're not too convinced with this review, let it go to hell and read the book anyway, cause it's worth it!

  • Bonnie Shores
    2019-04-02 10:38

    Friend: How was your day?Me: Fine.Friend: What did you do?Me: Nothing.That's kinda how I felt about this book. It was "fine". I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. And, for most of it, I felt like "nothing" was going on. And I really don't feel like talking about the banality."Why this book?" you might be asking. Well, I chose this book to fulfill a challenge—read a book tagged "family" at least 10 times. This one was tagged 63 times as family and it was by the Sarah Dessen. I was feeling good about my choice.BUT... While this book is a work of fiction, you truly had to suspend all disbelief in order to accept the premise that Annabel, a beautiful high school girl who has been modeling her whole life, who has two older sisters who were also models, and who comes from an affluent family, would be shunned by her entire school after a supposed incident with her best friend's boyfriend. Really? Everyone is so afraid of Sophie (the so-called best friend) that no one will talk to Annabel anymore? No one asks her what really happened? And she's so afraid of confrontation that she never shares her true feelings with anyone?I get that the point of the story was that things are often much different than they appear to be on the surface, but Annabel was written in such a way as to appear pretty much flawless. From the beginning, I felt disconnected from her and her social plight. Once her sister's "illness" (anorexia) was introduced, and Annabel struck up an unlikely friendship with Owen, a reformed bad boy (and giant teddy bear) with a commitment to truth-telling, the story got more interesting. Still... (btw, this word was used in this way so often that I wished I had kept count).It wasn't until about two-thirds of the way through that I actually started liking Just Listen. I was sure I was only going to rate it 3-stars, partly because of the disconnect and partly because I was frustrated with Annabel's reticence to do the right thing out of fear of confrontation. But, by around the 70% mark, we finally see the beginning of a healthy relationship between Annabel and Owen; we are finally made to understand why Whitney (the sister with anorexia) is the bitch that she is and you really feel for her and want her to succeed; we finally see the growth of Kirsten (the eldest sister) from self-absorbed nonstop chatterer to introspective college student and it is all good.A word about Owen... awesome! He was the gentle giant who always had his earbuds in and didn't bother anyone. He loved all kinds of music (except pop) obsessively and had his own show, Anger Management, on the local radio station at 7am on Sunday morning. He was a good listener. A good friend. And a good match for Annabel, outward appearances to the contrary.I have to also mention a couple of characters whom I really liked. Mallory, Owen's fashion-obsessed little sister, who stages fashion shoots at her house with her friends and makes Owen take the pictures. She's adorable in her exuberance! Also, Rolly, Owen's best friend and radio station co-worker who falls madly in love with a girl who punched him during a martial arts exhibit, but is waiting for the perfect moment to strike up a conversation with her. Great supplementary characters. By the way, I'm not going to say anything about Sophie because she was horrible.Bottom Line: I like Sarah Dessen's writing style, but this book wasn't great. I know 4 stars means "really liked it", but I think of the stars as letter grades. A-Excellent, B-Good, C-Fair, D-Poor, F-Fail. So this is probably a B-, but I always round up. 😉 Favorite Quotes:"Maybe it was a stupid exercise and you couldn't grow things in winter. But there was something I liked about the idea of those seeds, buried so deep, having at least a chance to emerge. Even if you couldn't see it beneath the surface, molecules were bonding, energy pushing up slowly, as something worked so hard all alone to grow.""I was beginning to understand, though, that there were no such things as absolutes. Not in life or in people. Like Owen said, it was day by day if not moment by moment. All you could do was take on as much weight as you can bear and, if you're lucky, there's someone close enough by to shoulder the rest.""Don't think or judge. Just listen."

  • emma
    2019-04-18 14:26

    this was - when i used to read a lot of sarah dessen - my favorite sarah dessen book. to the best of my recollection. (even the best of my recollection is not a very good recollection.)anyway. that's why it seemed a good place to start on the Massive Sarah Dessen-Centered Reread Bonanza of 2018. which was supposed to happen in 2017. but life, you know? i do not keep my promises.this was exactly what i wanted, and also a lot more than i'd bargained for??? i am the worst ever, so i'd forgotten that sarah dessen delivers a hell of a lot more than sweet, fluffy love stories. (although, sometimes that.)this book covers eating disorders, rape, victim-shaming, the sh*ttiness of high school, a dash of bullying, a nearly-book-boyfriend-a-ble love interest, family drama, sisterhood, music, a sprinkle of anxiety, and character development like the world has NEVER SEEN. your fave could even though it wasn't perfect (long, v dramatic, semi-flat characters, fairly f*cking repetitive) was pretty damn good.bottom line: DESSEN REREAD OFF TO A GOOD START. (but not a perfect one.)

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    2019-04-05 14:40

    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !Beware spoilers ahead!Last year I read my very first Sarah Dessen book Saint Anything. I loved it and continued to look for more book by Sarah Dessen! Out of all her books the synopsis of Just Listen appealed to me the most. Which is why I decided to read this before the rest of my Sarah Dessen books. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!The book begins with Annabel watching a commercial she was in. She turns off the tv and mentally prepares herself for school. Annabel has been dreading going to school for months now. After the argument with Sophie and avoiding everyone in school she's not sure what she'll find when she reaches school.When Annabel reaches school she sits in her car for a few minutes just to think everything through. As she gets out of her car she and Sophie came face-to-face. Sophie swears at her and leaves. It becomes evident that there is no way to salvage their friendship and for the rest of the year Sophie will consistently pick on her.The first day goes by in a blur. As Annabel tries to make conversation with other people they don't talk to her. Last May she wanted nothing to do with other people now she's getting just what she wanted. During lunch she sits alone. Apparently Emily is choosing to sit with Sophie even though Annabel was friends with her first. Annabel's former best friend Clarke clearly wants nothing to do with her. And then there's Owen. Who seems intimidating and closed off. While she's eating lunch she sees Will Cash pass by. She freezes up and once he leaves she vomits in the bush.The next weeks continue normally. Sophie will call Annabel names when she least's expects it. Annabel eats lunch alone and keeps to herself. While Annabel is leaving school Will Cash catches her eye and talks to her. Annabel manages to get away quickly. Sophie confronts Annabel and threaten's her for talking to Will who is apparently Sophie's boyfriend. Annabel snaps and pushes Sophie. Annabel runs away and vomits in the bush again. Owen is yet again there to witness and helps Annabel. After that day the two of them become friends.Wow this was such a good book! In the beginning I thought that it would be a 3 star but as I read on I found myself really enjoying it! This book is written in first person in Annabel's point of view. There are quite a few flashbacks but it ever became overwhelming.I loved the family aspect in this book! Annabel's older sister Whitney was diagnosed with Anorexia. For the past few months it's been difficult for Whitney and her family. In the beginning Whitney didn't acknowledge that there was something wrong. That what she was doing wasn't healthy. She didn't see it that way.Their oldest sister Kiersten noticed (they lived together) but Whitney claimed that Kiersten must have been jealous of her as Whitney got more modeling opportunities than Kiersten. Once the family caught on they continued to support and be there for Whitney. The eating disorder was very well done! Whitney didn't get better in one day she took time but she got there. I liked the entire family in general. My favourite was definitely Kiersten. Annabel and Sophie's relationship was complicated. In a sense it was an abusive relationship. Unhealthy. Sophie spent most of her time bullying Annabel into what she wanted. Annabel gave in because she was scared off crossing her. Plus Sophie was the reason she was popular and gained most of her experiences from. Once they stop being friends Annabel realizes that she shouldn't have stuck around Sophie. She already lost Clarke and now she wants to make it up by being friends with Owen.While I haven't been in the same situation as Annabel I could relate and empathize with her. I understood why she was scared of Sophie and why she kept that night a secret. It didn't bother me at all. It made perfect sense and was handled well. Annabel lies quite a bit. Not because she enjoys lying but because she's afraid that if she tells the truth she'll hurt the people she cares about. It's her way of maintaining peace in her life.This all changes when Annabel meets Owen. Owen went to juvie for getting in a fight with a guy in the parking lot. Since then he has had to take Anger Management and vows to be honest in every aspect. Owen is extremely passionate about music and tries to educate Annabel in it. Owen also gets Annabel to be honest with everything she has to say. Surprisingly Annabel does so because it's easy being honest with Owen. I found Owen to be a refreshing character! I really liked reading about him! The romance is slow burn and it was done well! It was nice reading about Annabel's character development! Being around Owen has made her more confident and honest. She's actually happy with her life when she wasn't earlier. Annabel also learns so much from Whitney and admire's her strength for overcoming everything.I didn't have any problems with Just Listen. I simply didn't love it hence the rating. Note there is abuse in this book. If you are a sensitive reader you might not enjoy this book. I would suggest reading another contemporary.Overall this was a really good book! I recommend it to fans of the author and contemporary fans.

  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    2019-04-05 12:39

    *New Mommy Review #1* (Meaning: Not great, but at least I'm getting some thoughts out there...)In all honesty, this book started out so great. I was comparing to one of my all time favorites, Some Girls Are, almost immediately. But where SGA got more intense as it went along, JL fell apart, for me, as it continued. I lost interest in our main character, was beyond annoyed at her childish reasoning for each situation where she simply only had to say 'just give me a minute', and, ultimately, I just got bored. I loved Owen, but even he wasn't enough to save this boring and anti-climactic story. Hell, I couldn't even put him in my unforgettable male leads shelf because he was in it so little. Sigh.Frankly, the same thing happened with her other book I read-it was going so well and then the author just veers the story completely away from what I would have done and, frankly, it's obviously a case of 'this author just isn't for me'.Pretty writing, albeit a bit stale, and fleshed out characters you want to know more about...I just couldn't love this story. When things finally started to get interesting she ran away. And, hey, just not enough Owen (IE not for me). Oh well. Better luck next time...though, it probably won't be a book by this author.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Lindsey
    2019-04-20 14:45

    Annabelle has spent her entire summer sequestered after an incident at a end-of-school party in which she was humiliated in front of all her friends. Her best friend is no longer speaking to her, and we find out in progressive flashblack clips what exactly happened. Before Annabelle can get too lonely, she meets fellow social outcast Owen who teaches her the virtues of honesty and gives her the confidence to come clean about her secrets. If this storyline sounds familiar, it's because "Just Listen" is extraordinarily similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak", except that the characters in "Just Listen" are one-dimensional and cliche. Annabelle comes across as incredibly passive and weak. Still, it's passable chick lit for romance-minded teen readers.

  • Laurence R.
    2019-04-03 08:34

    Wow. It's so, so, so, so good. I loved this book. It's so hard to read about such a sad story though, it hurt me more than any book did in a while, if not ever. I was sobbing at some point and there were other times all of my body hurt, even though I couldn't cry. It's incredibly sad, but I'm glad it gets better.Having read two or three of Dessen's novels, I was expecting this one to be fluffy, with romance and one or two small issues. Well, let me tell you, the issue mentionned in this book is probably the worst thing ever. I was absolutely not expecting something this traumatic or sad, so it completely destroyed me. I loved this book's characters and how the good ones reacted to Annabel's story. Owen was my favorite, expecially since his care for Annabel kept melting my heart, compensating for the sadness I was reading about. He made me smile, with his adorable sister and his love for music, and I loved his honesty. Once again, Dessen created a character I could totally relate to. While I haven't experienced anything like Annabel, we share many personality traits, which is why it hit me when Owen told her he absolutely never lies. Like Annabel, I'm always a bit too nice and I hate saying hurtful things, so little white lies are part of my life. I don't hate confrontation as much as she does (I kind of like it, once in a while), Owen's words still made me think a lot about my entire life and every single lie or omission I can say without thinking about it. I now realize there's no way to always be nice, so I'm trying to get better, just like Annabel.All of Dessen's books have one similarity, it's that they all have great families. Maybe not in the fact that they're perfect, but more in the sense that they're realistic and loving. This book isn't just about a love story, or about a traumatic experience, it's about every single part of Annabel's life, including her family. I love it when authors include family members a lot in their story, because family is important. Her sister's issues are ones that I had to deal with in my family, so I can completely understand how Annabel feels. I loved seeing how she Evolved and it gave me hope for the future. Overall, this book is awesome. It has everything you could ask for: romance, some more serious stuff, family, love, music, everything. I highly recommend it. It's definitely my favorite book from Sarah Dessen so far.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-31 13:36

    2018 ReviewOh my gosh, whaaaaat. How did I not like this when I read it as a teenager? Okay, we all know Sarah Dessen's not perfect. She has a schtick. Pretty, All-American teenager that goes to great lengths to make everyone believe that her life is perfect. In reality she keeps secrets, and always, always has trouble telling people how she really feels (this is one aspect I desperately wish Sarah would change as I find it nearly impossible to relate since I'm incredibly emotional and tell everyone exactly how I'm feeling all of the time). There's a handsome guy, clueless parents, and a happy ending. Some of her books suck big-time (Along for the Ride), but Just Listen is great.This book covers a LOT of heavy stuff: eating disorders, depression, anger management, bullying, and sexual assault included. And Sarah writes about these topics really well. There's an amazing sisterhood storyline in this one too that I just loved.I would highly recommend this book to highschool students except that I hated it when I first read it. So maybe wait until you're 26? Har har. Yay rereads!Also, read my original review below because it's SO SNARKY and hilarious. Oh, I thought I was so much better than everyone. ----------Rereading this because I miss the old days of contemporary YA.Also my old review is so surly haha.----------2010 ReviewGirl With Annoying Name goes through traumatic experience and despite having a family and home life that is maybe not perfect, but good enough that she should have no problem opening up and solving her problems in five minutes, she withdraws into herself and makes her own life a living hell until she meets Boy With Annoying Name who causes her to have a revelation and the ending is happy. Same old, same old. Annabel Greene is described as being popular but apparently only has one friend? Because after a giant fight with Sophie, Annabel is totally isolated and alone. Like really, there is absoultely no other person in the entire school you could hang out with, Annabel? Oh, I guess not, since this is one of those books where the entire student body sides with the most popular girl in every situation. Sophie is the most popular girl and right now she doesn't like Annabel, so neither does anyone else. Oh, but wait! There is someone you can hang with! Scary, outcast Owen! Wow, it turns out he's just misunderstood too. Aw. Owen, by the way, is an anger management case, total music snob, and also painfully truthful. You're allowed to disagree with his taste in music, because he appreciates the honesty, but it is still better than your music, kthx.Other characters include Annabel's father, delusional mother, and two sisters; the bold, exciting chatterbox, Kirsten, and sullen, anorexic Whitney, who, despite having a mental heath problem, ironically seems to be the sanest person in the house besides Mr. Greene. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book. I found Sophie more realistic than most mean girls that appear in YA fiction, and she was more interesting than Annabel by a long shot. Annabel's family wasn't a total disaster like in most YA novels. And Owen was vaguely interesting, not just some babe magnet spewing deep and romantic thoughts. Of all the Sarah Dessen I've read, I enjoyed this one the most. But don't get swept up in the hype. It's not as great as it's said to be.

  • Irena
    2019-04-24 15:31

    actual rating: 4,5 stars

  • Drew
    2019-04-09 11:38

    The first thing I thought after finishing this was Why haven't I heard more about Sarah Dessen? I'd heard her name around before but always associated it with cheesy, romantic chick lits from the blindingly bright, pink, girly covers. Her books seemed like the kind I wanted to stay as far away from as possible.But in reality Just Listen shocked me - it was a deeply meaningful contemporary with a poignant, realistic romance. It was pretty much the opposite of what I'd expected.Right off the bat I knew I was in for a surprise when the narrator, Annabel, jumped into her family's problems, giving detailed backstories about her mom's depression and her sister's eating disorder. I'm impressed when a YA book even mentions the main character's parents, let alone gives them in-depth personalities. Because the truth is, most teenager's parents are a huge part of their lives, and it's just unrealistic - and lazy - to cut them out entirely of a novel focused on a teen.Annabel is a model who tells us how her life spiraled downhill since a party last fall where something unspeakable happened. Now she goes to school without talking to anyone and comes home to a broken family; her sisters won't talk to each other and her parents don't know what to do. Not to mention, Annabel can't work up the courage to tell her mom she wants to quit modeling.When she meets intense, music-obsessed Owen at school, she finds herself opening up to him. Annabel realizes he's the only person she can be honest with lately. But when their friendship turns to attraction, Annabel worries she'll wreck it like she's done with everything else in her life.“A song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.”The romance was well written and, like I said in an update, I really appreciated the realistic male love interest. I expected Owen to be one of those "perfect" stereotypical hot guys, so I was surprised when he told Annabel he had an anger management issue he went to counselling for, a radio show he ran, and an annoying little sister. He and Annabel didn't get along perfectly - they argued a lot about their different tastes in music - but I so appreciated the little touches of realism.Now having read my first Sarah Dessen book, I think I can say she deserves the hype. This book was nothing like the sugar-coated Morgan Matson romance I expected - which isn't a bad thing, if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy - but turned out to be a thoughtful, character-driven novel I grew to love.

  • Geo Marcovici
    2019-03-27 09:42

    Desi m-am lungit cu cititul acestei carti destul de asta nu pentru ca nu mi-ar fi placut cartea, ci pentru ca nu prea am avut chef de citit... Vreau sa va spun ca este o carte frumoasa, plina de trairi intense! Ceea ce poate fi ca o concluzie este casa de sticla..unde din afara vezi o familie normala, unita si fericita; dar daca esti in interior, realizezi ca fiecare are problemele si secretele sale, si încearcă sa le faca fata in felul propriu!Recenzia mea completa o găsiți aici:https://justreadingmybooks.wordpress....

  • Pinky
    2019-04-12 08:45

    “Don't think or judge, just listen.” Another one of my favorites from Sarah Dessen, I love her books. My goal is to finish reading all her books and catch up on this train. I know I'm behind in Throne of Glass but I'll catch up ASAP! Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. The other book I read from Sarah Dessen is Saint Anything and I just loved that book so much. “I mean, to me, freaking out is different. More of a running away, not telling anyone what's wrong, slowly simmering until you burst kind of thing.” Annabel has a huge fallout with one of her friends after an incident that happened in the summer. After the school year started, Annabel was all alone, she had no one to talk to and all her friends seemed to hate her. Owen is music-obsessed and wouldn't cannot be seen without his headphones. He always bobs his head to the beat of the music and doesn't care about being alone. When these two begin to talk, the story begins and unravels from there.“If you don't pay attention to the past, you'll never understand the future.It's all linked together.” One of the aspects I liked about this story was the comedy. It was so funny and I would be seen a class,yet again, laughing my head off. But then I get weird looks(as the usual) from my classmates, because it's a CRIME to laugh at something in a book... Okay, I'm getting off topic, anyway, I also loved the way both of these characters would argue about music. It was interesting to read and I loved the placeholders and stuff! UGH SO GOOD! .“You punched him by accident.”, Another part that made this book so good was how realistic it was. Owen and Annabel weren't perfect, they both had their flaws, but they both seemed to work it out. Although Annabel was the main character, it wasn't only about her, there were so many side stories and in the end, they all linked together and I loved that. It made the story more realistic and the characters were also so realistic. Annabel was so easy to relate to and Owen was so funny and real. When the story feels right, I feel like I am right there, beside the characters. (If I were beside the characters and they saw me listening to their conversation, that would be awkward. The characters were amazing and I loved ever single one of them. Annabel, Owen, Rolly, Clarke, Kristen, Mallory, and Whitney. They all made me happy and sometimes, I would feel really upset of what happened to those characters. Sometimes, I want to go to a character and say "I know how you feel," but that would be creepy. It was interesting to read about their bonds and relationships with each other. Although this book deals with serious topics, it was just so sweet. I highly recommend this book, if you read any Sarah Dessen book. Thank you to all my friends who recommended this book, you guys were right, this book was truly very beautiful. I can't wait to read more of Sarah Dessen! Anyone who is in the mood for a contemporary novel, I highly recommend this book!“Silence is so freaking load”

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2019-04-17 08:27

    “No matter how much time has passed, these things still affect us and the world we live in. If you don't pay attention to the past, you'll never understand the future. It's all linked together.”I'm so in my feelings about finally writing a review for this book! This has been my favorite Sarah Dessen title since the first time I picked it up, waaaay back in 2006. Her books introduced me to the YA contemporary genre, and this one has been dear to my heart for so long that I was a little bit afraid to reread it. This was probably my 12th reread, but it had been a while, so I'm happy to say that I still enjoyed every moment of it. ❤PLOT ➳➳Annabel used to have it all. She was a successful teen model, she hung out with the coolest girls in school, she went to all the best parties... everything was fine, until her sister developed anorexia and had to go to treatment; until modeling became less of a joy and more of a nightmare; until a party went wrong and her former best friend managed to convince everyone who mattered that Annabel was a relationship wrecker.CHARACTERS ➳➳This book is full of characters that feel really authentic and genuine:• There’s Annabel, whose biggest flaw is that she’s dishonest, because she hates confrontations and saying what she really feels. The entire plot of the book really wouldn’t even exist without her refusal to just speak up and say what’s on her mind, but we get to follow her as she grows and learns how to be honest and listen to her heart.• Owen, the love interest, seems at first like your typical “bad boy”: he’s big and tall and brooding and a little bit scary because he has anger issues. Rumors abound that say he’s done hard time, he’s violent, etc. We learn pretty quickly that he’s not only a bit of a teddy bear, but he’s also really freaking geeky when it comes to music. Completely obsessed, and not with the death metal and rock that we’re led to expect, but with… chants? And techno? He’s an odd character in the best way and he’s easily my favorite part of the book, because his banter is so damn cute and he’s got a heart of gold.• Whitney, Annabel’s middle sister, suffers with an eating disorder that manages to never feel like a prop, despite it being present only in a side character (instead of the narrator, as we usually see in YA). I was enthralled by how much effort Sarah puts into fleshing her out beyond just her disorder.• Sophie, the former best friend, is one of my favorite portrayals of the “mean girl” trope, because she feels genuine. She’s got a troubled past to explain her behavior, and Annabel even relates stories from their friendship that offer insight into how Sophie’s behavior hurt her with just as many people as it helped her with - rather than just showing her as some sort of goddess that everyone in the school is unable to resist, which is a trope that I HATE in YA contemporaries.There isn’t really anything to say on anyone else, but I do always love the fact that Sarah throws in a few characters from her other books here and there (I won’t tell you who cameos in this one – you’ll have to read it and see!).CATALYSTS ➳➳There are a few different catalysts for action in this book (like Whitney's ED, or Owen's anger management issues, or Annabel's modeling), but the most important and primary one is the trauma that happened to Annabel. We learn early on that Sophie hates Annabel over something that happened at the end of the previous school year, and with the way she constantly calls Annabel a "slut" or a "whore", coupled with Annabel's obvious symptoms of PTSD when she sees a certain male individual, it's not hard to put two and two together.In case you didn't guess it early on, though, Sarah does take us through Annabel's thought processes as she slowly comes to terms with what happened, and it climaxes in a chaotic memory of a party that she regretted ever going to. There's a big scene that I wouldn't call graphic, but will say it could be potentially triggering for abuse survivors.That said, Sarah writes the entire plot arc beautifully. Annabel's feelings felt so genuine and real and I related well enough to some of the things that she said and did, that I found myself wondering if Sarah writes from experience. I hope not, but we all know the statistics. On a happier note, we get to watch Annabel slowly heal, with the amazing support system she has in place.FINAL VERDICT ➳➳This may be partially nostalgia speaking here, but I love this book so much and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries, especially if you've been considering trying out one of Sarah's many well-acclaimed works and just don't know where to start in her bibliography.Content warnings: this book includes scenes of sexual assault, eating disorders, violence, and slut-shaming (from side characters).

  • Mary
    2019-04-18 13:49

    Just Listen is a beautiful coming of age story. It follows Annabel Green, a girl who, at first glance, appears to have everything: looks, popularity, friends. All that changes during the summer before junior year. Something happened at the beginning of that summer, that left Annabel lonely, friendless and despised by her former best friend. Contrary to what you might think at first glance, this is not a love story. At least, the love story is not the central part of the plot. This is a story about family, about how important it is to speak up and at the same time, to listen to others. It's about how we hide the truth a lot of time, for different reasons, either to protect others, or because we consider our problems to not be as important as everyone else's. We keep people in the dark, we push them away because we don't know how to ask for help. We'd rather say were "fine" instead of saying "I'm not as okay as I seem". We hide things out of shame, or because we believe others might not pay any attention to us if we asked them to. We don't realize that most of the times, our silence speaks louder than words, it may even become deafening. It's a story about loneliness, appearances and how deceiving they may be. About bullying and friendship - how easily it can break and how difficult it is to put back together. About music. About sisterhood and personal growth. About how we shouldn't think or judge sometimes, we should just listen.I saw a lot of myself in Annabel. Her silence, her white lies - it's something I do as well, a lot of the times. Because I never see myself as important or because I don't want to burden the ones around me. She's a compelling character and I loved the dynamic of her family. I loved that this was a story about how family can help, how family can heal and support its members. How, although you may go through tough times, they're always there to help you through thick and thin. Even if sometimes it may seem it's too late.I should mention trigger warnings for eating disorder and abuse. Keep that in mind. Favourite quotes:“Don't think or judge, just listen.” “Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.” ★★★★★To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)

  • Laura
    2019-04-08 10:32

    Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen changed me. Now just to be clear--those words do not come easy for me. My head has been emerged in one literary world after another my whole life, but those words have only come out of my mouth a hand full of times about a novel. This story just wrapped itself around by head, heart, and everything I am and held on for dear life. Do you consider yourself an honest person? Do you always tell the truth about how you feel? For me, communication and the importance of honesty with others and yourself jumped, popped, and pulsed through these pages. Those messages settled right in to my heart and pushed me to move, change, talk, and listen. Since letting Annabel and Owen into my world, I have noticed just how much I do hold back or how often I answer the question “How are you?” with a quick “fine” or “good” when my soul just wants to scream out so much more. Annabel and Owen are the heartbeat of this book. They truly are a remarkable pair to walk you through this story with patience, strength, warmth and a song or two playing in the background. Owen’s theory of honesty captured my heart and mind and will stay with me as long as I live. Dessen created a very special voice with Owen. I wish everyone could find and hold on to an Owen in life! Being honest with yourself and others is just one part of communication though. You also must listen. If you are lucky enough to find a listener—a true honest to God good listener—hold on to him or her with all your might! They are so rare in this world.Sarah Dessen surprised me with a powerful tale that will urge you to open your heart, build up your music collection, and truly look at how you communicate in this world. “Don’t think or judge, just listen.”

  • Isamlq
    2019-04-20 10:45

    There’s a conversation somewhere in the middle of the book that struck me,"Interesting," he said, "is not a word.""Since when?""It's a placeholder. Something you use when you don't want to say something else." He leaned a little closer to me. "Look, if you're worried about my feelings, don't be. You can say whatever you want. I won't be offended." This snippet could very well describe what I was planning to say about JUST LISTEN. So, in lieu of 'interesting,' I will say that the first half just didn't work for me. Honestly, there wasn't anything wrong with it. The writing is so solid that I could practically picture Anabel, her sisters, her mom… and later Owen. Despite this, I was left hanging. This is not to say that I’m totally insensitive as not to grasp why she felt the way she felt (because I could and did,) but something there (and I’m still not sure what) kept holding me back. I plodded along though and was almost positive I would feel the same way for the whole book. Util Owen, that is. Everything out of his mouth resonated with me. I hate and love said fact. I hate it because why did eureka moments come at the heels of something he said? But I also loved that there were any eureka moments at all. I'm still giving her other books a shot. :)

  • Melissa Veras
    2019-03-25 10:42

    4.5 stars~This book was SO GOOD. I have to say guys, I'm falling in love with Sarah Dessen. I'm probably going to read every book I find written by her.I think the characters were realistic and I absolutely love the way delicate issues were managed. I also thoroughly enjoy the romance, I was falling in love at the same time Annabel did ♥ The secondary characters were really good, too! I particularly enjoy Owen's little sister :) I have to say, I was really frustrated with Annabel's mom, but that's life, everybody have flaws -even moms. Overall, I really liked the progress of the family dynamics, especially with the sisters. I would recommend this to YA contemporary lovers :)

  • Mriduaka Storypals
    2019-04-09 13:44

    I wouldn't say I loved it but it was par my expectations! What I expected was some cheesy romance novel, a damsel in distress and a guy that comes in her life and put things in order, well of course if you outline the story it is kind of that but not really. There is so much more depth, a bigger message, ah! Will discuss more it in my review which will come soon :P BRBI AM BACK, read my review here -

  • Anne Osterlund
    2019-03-29 12:38

    Annabel avoids conflict. A difficult task when your mother suffers from depression and your sister is anorexic. And your best friend, your ex best friend, and everyone else in the school hates you.With the possible exception of Owen Armstrong—who lives in his I-pod . . . and punches out classmates that annoy him.Life is safer if you don’t talk. Don’t have an opinion.But when Mom begs Annabel to hitch a ride home with a “friend,” Owen is the closest person to a possibility. And it turns out he doesn’t believe in lies. Or avoiding the truth. Or that Annabel is dishonest. He treats her like her opinion is worth something.And, ironically, when she is around him, she starts to believe that too. But what happens when Owen discovers all the things she has not said?Just Listen sneaks up on you. You meet Annabel and you assume you know her. And you aren’t at all sure that you like her. But somewhere around page ninety, you absolutely must read on. Because you’ve figured out that Annabel doesn’t like that Annabel either. And the joy of Just Listen is figuring out who she really is. So that by the halfway point in the book, you have no choice but to finish the rest in one sitting. IMO.

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-06 11:31

    This book. Seriously, I have some major lovin’ for.This story is about Annabel – she has lost her old friends, her old life and especially, herself. Her whole world is falling apart. Because of one specific thing that happened she isn’t able to function because she has kept quiet about it and it’s tearing her and her life apart. She lies to herself and everyone around her in order to avoid the truth and not face it. And it’s destroying her.Then we meet Owen, a boy she avoided or ignored before her life “ended.” He challenges her in every aspect because he doesn’t believe in lies or avoiding the truth and through his love of music that he is able to help Annabel is ways nobody else could reach her. I absolutely love him as a character. He treats her like she needed to be treated in order to wake her up and get her to face herself and be honest with people and herself. He shows her there is value in her opinion and it pushes her to think.I love the chemistry between Owen and Annabel. I couldn’t put this book down! It totally gripped my attention. I love how all the characters progressed and we see changes happen. I loved the hard truth and life situations that were happening in this story. I felt Dessen was brilliant with it.Overall: A good honest book about real life situations. I think many girls will benefit from it and some will be able to relate which is sad. Romantic and goodSexual Content: moderateLanguage: moderate:Drugs/Alcohol: moderateViolence: moderate