Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Continuing on my Sarah Dessen kick...

Summary from Barnes and Noble:
When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend-the popular and exciting Sophie-she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. but then she meets owen-a loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. with owen's help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?

I really liked this one. I loved Owen and found him endearing. I liked the fact that we didn't know what had happened between Annabel and Sophie until pretty far into the book. I also enjoyed the sister relationships. Maybe because I'm one of three sisters (although I'm the middle sister). I loved the conversations Annabel and Owen had about music and life.

I read most of this book on an airplane home from Vegas, which says a lot -- I have a hard time reading on planes, but was hooked on this book, and the 3 hour flight was over before I knew it!

Rated: 4.5/5


  1. I just loved this book by Sarah Dessen. I read it in about 3 days, so you can say I was pretty much hooked onto it. Sarah Dessen did it again!!!

  2. 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.