Friday, August 5, 2011

Review : Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Hardcover: 384 pages
Release date: April 6th 2006
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Source: e-book
Goodreads Summary: 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 Thoughts
This is the last book that I've read in my folder of Sarah Dessen books, and I. Love. It! Not just because of the cameo role of Dexter and Remy (This Lullaby)*oops, spoiler*, but because of the story. The story was really ingenious, remarkable and other praises that I might spell out. Just Listen talks about friendship, acceptance, dilemmas that may come to our lives and love.  Annabel’s life is not perfect as it seems because she is a model and has a huge-exquisite-glass house. Her true life lies behind her glass house, her older sister became anorexic, her mother changed when their grandmother died and of course her own secrets that keeps haunting her everyday--the truth on the night, where she and her ex-best friend Sophie stopped being friends. I love her trait which she doesn’t give up on the obstacles that came on to her life and still manages to survive fine everyday. Of course Owen--the bad/music-lover/gorgeous boy who is the love interest of Annabel--made a huge part on the story to make it more spine-tingling and arousing. I love how their affection grows in the story and the roll music played. Owen helps Annabel to face her own secret and to put her downhill life back into pieces. The end of the story was really impressive and innovative.

Altogether I love the story and highly recommend this to those who doesn't know this book and who doesn't know the inventive author Sarah Dessen! :)


Friday Hops

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee.
This week's question: 
Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you into an average to avid readers, did it help you deal with a very difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?)

First, I want to give the Twilight saga the credit for introducing me to the YA world. If I wasn't momentarily addicted to that series, I wouldn't have known that there are books that would influence who I am and my life. It was truly just after that series that I began reading and searching for good YA books. Another book that affected me greatly was The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. For some reason I thought about it for weeks and it even made me read several articles on the internet about the Holocaust. It was also because of The Book Thief that I started to appreciate Historical fiction books. I can't really choose a book or two and there's just so many books that influenced me, so I'll throw in The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series too. Those are all-time faves that have affected my obsession with YA books. :) 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Book ThiefCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word and to connect with other bookworms, make new friends, support each other, share our love of books! 
This week's question:
What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I'm dying to read it the moment I found out about this book! 

TGIF is a weekly feature for Fridays hosted by Ginger at GReads! to re-cap the week’s posts and that has a different question each week.
This week's question:
Which books have affected you on a personal level and lingered on your mind long after you closed the pages?

Besides The Hunger Games trilogy, The Mortal Instruments, and The Book Thief I mentioned above, here's my list:
  • On The Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta. Enough said before I turn into a full-mode Marchetta fangirl again  which is everytime when I or someone talks about her. SHE'S AMAZING  .
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Don't forget to enter our giveaway here if you haven't! And check out my review of Vanish by Sophie Jordan. Have a great weekend everyone!
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