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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
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Aug 21, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult
Read from March 30, 2010 to April 10, 2012

I really wanted to enjoy this, but I was not impressed. The plot was pretty predictable, but that can be nice. The characters had potential, they were nice if not a bit forgettable, and the story wasn't bad, but what really frustrated me was the fact the author explained what EVERY SCENE MEANT. She lives in a glass house. I can figure out the deeper implications of that without being told. We get it, there are themes and symbolism. When you point them out every single time, your readers just get annoyed. Or at least I get annoyed.

The killer was the climactic moment, when Annabel finally tells the reader what happened and has to decide whether to speak up or run's at a concert for the Truth Squad. REALLY? TRUTH Squad? I groaned out loud. At that point I just wanted to give up, I was sick of being beaten over the head with the themes. A little explanation goes a very long way, and explaining every scene and every theme is frustrating. I found it amusing that in a book about listening and having opinions, the author didn't let you come to your own conclusions.

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