#ReadADessen Campaign: Just Listen

Hey all you lovely folks! I’m so excited to be participating in the #ReadADessen countdown/campaign as one of many  #PRHPartner’s. Today’s post is going to be a short review of Just Listen – perhaps my ultimate favorite my Sarah Dessen book. In addition, the bottom of this post will contain a link to the huge giveaway going on as part of the count down. YOU CAN WIN A WHOLE SET OF SARAH DESSEN BOOKS!

“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.”

Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Series: Standalone

Publication: April 6th 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Pages: 371

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

My Long-Time Running Thoughts and Feels:

  • This is what having your heart ripped out feels like, but then it’s stitched back together, so yay!
  • Long story short: people are dicks – except Owen.
  • Tidal wave of emotion, trust me. You don’t see it coming, then BAM! Your head is banging against the rocks and the surf won’t let you go.
  • I live for the banter between Owen and Annabel, especially when it’s about the music. Yupp.
  • This book is the epitome of what character development should be.
  • How many times have you said you’re fine when you really aren’t because you don’t want to talk about it or feel like people don’t care? Thinking about that makes me queasy.
  • Honesty is such an important part of this book: the lack of it, the discovery of the freedom it can bring. Honesty is the best policy, y’all.
  • Awesome doesn’t being to cover Owen, okay? He’s just a big teddy bear (not really) who needs all the cuddles and lovings and cookies ever.
  • Owen is a great role model when it comes to the truth – I want to be like him and always tell the truth.
  • DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE DAMMIT – moral of the story, sort of.
  • Just read it, seriously. There are a million things I could say that have already been said by everyone else before me, just read it. giphy



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