Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I cant tell you how many times I have read this book. I want to say at least thirty. At the very least. Anyways, this book is about a girl who finds herself in the last postition any person would want to be in. Her sister is fighting an eating disorder (which isnt easy) and her friendship with Sophie has ended bitterly, which seems to have the whole school none the less (she feels) the whole world against her.
Suddenly though, Owen Armstrong walks in her life, approaching her with the concept of honesty and courage. Ive got to say, out of all Sarah Dessen's guy characters, I like Owen the best (but Dexter doesnt run too far behind!) mainly because he's just so different and so well explained. He's honest, allowing us as the reader to get a really clear image of what exactly he stands for. I dont want to say he has a complicated personality, because he truly doesnt, its just that its so... different, i guess is the best word, from all the other Sarah Dessen characters. With Owen, what you see is what you get. Honesty is key for him, and thats what Annabelle soon beguins to realize. It's not that Annabell isnt honest, its just that she likes to hold a lot back, because in her mind, sometimes things are easier to be kept in than let out.
But Owens motivation of always being honest inspires Annabell in a way she never realized.
In this story, you see the true change of a character encouraged by another, and discover the real reasons of what Annabell decided to keep in, rather than let out.
Once again, Sarah Dessen has created another master piece in her style of writing, a book you will not be able to put down. This novel seriously is such a well-thought out book that I cant get enough of. I reccomend it to anyone who ADORE young adult novels. This is a book you dont want to miss.