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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
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Dec 17, 09

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Read in October, 2009

Ashley writing arts Hall **Just listen**
There are books that are intriguing enough to get through and there are books that drag on without getting to the point. Most are perpetual and relentless. Then, there are books that light a dark tunnel the end of the railroad. They are intense and heartwarming. They give you enlightenment and inspiration. They make you want to just listen. That is why the title of my book fits so well with the novel. You want to listen to her passionate story about the life of a teenage girl. The enigma and suspense will keep you jumping out of our seat. Sarah Dessen knows how to put an astonishing novel that can relate to teenage girls together. This book is fictional but very real and honest. Sarah Dessen doesn’t hold back. This book is great because of the well drawn characters, the relation between teenage girls, the theme that everything is not what it seems and the great immense plot.
Annabel Greene, a 16 teen your old girl, seems to have the life of the ideal teen. She’s got the friends, the clothes, the job, the family and the life. Outsiders thought they knew what she was all about. They thought they knew her life, her story and the reason why she and her best friend Sophie stopped being friends. They had he story all wrong. Not even Annabel had the story right. She had to come to terms with what happened on her own. Every girl can relate on some level with this because there’s always a time in your life where people misunderstand you and you feel isolated and alone. In some cases, girls are severely bullied and feel like there is nobody that will understand them which is how Annabel feels. Her family wasn’t the most functional but it had gotten worse as her older sister developed an eating disorder. She almost dies from dehydration and her mom loses it. The only thing that keeps her mother sane is keeping up and managing Annabel’s modeling. The thing is, Annabel doesn’t want to model anymore but she’s scared that if she stops, her mother will fall into the blank and scary state of hysteria she was in when her grandmother had died.
Sarah Dessen took the theme that everything is not what it seems and displayed it extremely well. People make assumptions about people they don’t know every day. You may think you know someone but you never really know them like they know themselves. As Sarah Dessen said in her book, “Don’t think or judge, just listening”. You never know the things you could find out about someone by just listening to what they have to say and walking in their shoes. If people tried to step into Annabel’s shoes, they would realize they were be two sizes two small and her feet had no room in there. She had secrets that didn’t seem real to her and everything may look perfect on the inside, but it’s the inside that really counts.
The book has so many deep dark secrets and which keeps the plot interesting. It is so motivating and attention grabbing and it tells us all of the things adults think we are too young to hear. Things start to change for Annabel after a nasty fight with Sophie. She meets Owen. He is tall, scary, all dressed in black and he always had headphones in his ears. People always inferred that he was probably listening to something like heavy metal or something about hurting someone. Owen usually kept to himself and as Annabel began to reveal the other side of him; she realized that she was making the wrong assumptions. He was very true, honest and most definitely music obsessed and although he had past anger management issues, he was very kind and helpful.
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.
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Sarah Dessen
“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 your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Sarah Dessen
“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.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Sarah Dessen
“I thought again how you could never really know what you were seeing with just a glance, in motion, passing by. Good or bad, right or wrong. There was always so much more.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Sarah Dessen
“Pieces and parts were always easier to process. The full picture, the entire story, was another thing entirely. But you just never knew. Sometimes, people could surprise you.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Sarah Dessen
“Silence is so freaking loud”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen


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message 1: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Phan I like your promise that every teen will like the book. I hope that promise is right because your plot summary and your descriptions seems very interesting.


message 2: by Alan (new)

Alan I like your use of adjectives. I can see that this book is really good.


message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison I like your introduction and the adjectives you added in your review.


message 4: by Xustine (new)

Xustine Yee i like the way you describe the book and as Alison said, the adjectives you use are really powerful and emotional.


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