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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
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it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, owned, favorite-books

Just Listen is a fantastic contemporary book and by far my favorite Sarah Dessen novel. I love it deals with family, friendship, and romance. It also tackled about eating disorder and sexual assault, both topics were handled well and it's impressive.

Annabel Greene has been modeling since she's a kid just like her older siblings Kirsten and Whitney. Like her sisters, she has zero passion about modeling and hasn't been upfront with her mother about it. With Whitney's eating disorder (Anorexia), her friendships fall out after a traumatic incident and the pressure of modeling, Annabel kept her feelings to herself.

In school, she meets Owen Armstrong. He's a mysterious guy who always wears his earphones. Rumors say he's a bad boy but what's got to love about him? His bluntness and his passion for music. Though Owen has a bizarre taste in music, he and Annabel got along pretty well. Their friendship was beautiful and even more when they turned into lovers. Both of them grow as individuals, especially Annabel. He helped her find the courage to be herself and whatever bothers her, he's willing to listen to her story. I love how these two were so sincere to each other.

The messages conveyed in this book was beautiful, emotional and empowering. What's amazing in music? It's therapeutic in all aspects. It soothes your soul and you can interpret it any way you want it. Like songs, everyone has their own story and it's about learning to listen without judgment. Listening can form new/ rekindle connections and uplift someone through their low moments. Even save someone's life.

The issues were addressed wonderfully and justice has been served. I shed some tears on those parts and I'm proud to all the characters (except Sophie. I despise her). The story was realistic and simply touching. It offered such depth and substance. Thus, earning a five star rating.
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Reading Progress

June 15, 2018 – Started Reading
June 15, 2018 – Shelved
June 15, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 15, 2018 – Shelved as: owned
June 15, 2018 –
page 64
17.25%
June 17, 2018 –
page 105
28.3%
June 21, 2018 –
page 169
45.55%
June 22, 2018 –
page 230
61.99%
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: favorite-books
June 23, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Lola This was the first SD novel I ever read! It was so beautiful. Nicely reviewed, Bea xoxo


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Lola wrote: "This was the first SD novel I ever read! It was so beautiful. Nicely reviewed, Bea xoxo"

Thank you, Lola! <3 :D I couldn't agree more it's beautiful. Love it <3 <3


Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ Wonderful review, Beatrice! Glad you got a winner x


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ wrote: "Wonderful review, Beatrice! Glad you got a winner x"

Thank you Alex! 💖😊


Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog•• Great review hun!! xo


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Thank you, Jenny! 😊💕


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Deanna Excellent review!!!


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Thank you, Deanna! 🤗💞


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Awesome review Beatrice! = ) xxx


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Thank you, Sue! 😊💞


Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Thank you, Maddie! Hope you'll love this book as much as I did <3 :D


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Carol Beautiful review, B. I am adding this one. :))


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