Just Listen

Just Listen

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
Publisher: New York : Viking Children's Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780670061051
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm.


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May 07, 2019

I have had this book since high school I still pick it up and re read it every so often just fell in love with saint anything also which I have also read a few times myself there is another book but it is by Nicholas sparks if anyone it interested its called see me

Apr 10, 2019

Love this book I have purchased this book and I still pick it up every so often and re read this book I love this book and sarah dessen love all her books

Jul 02, 2017

Hands-down my favorite Sarah Dessen book so far. I especially appreciated the musical references of punk rock bands such as The Clash, Black Flag, and Social Distortion.

Jun 01, 2017


Aug 11, 2016

This book was very inspiring. Annabel Greene has the perfect life- a happily married mom and dad, two sisters, popularity, and a career modelling- or so she thought. In the span of one year, one incident, everything changes. Her sister ends up getting an eating disorder, her best friends no longer talk to her and she wants to quit modelling but feels pressured by her mom. Then she meets Owen. Music obsessed and beginning to learn how to cope with anger management. They begin talking and Annabel realizes that Owen is everything that she needs-until he’s not. Annabel begins to struggle with her emotions and feel detached from everyone, feeling alone. But when Owen makes her a CD entitled Just Listen, everything becomes clear. It is an excellent book to read when struggling on how to find yourself through all the drama life throws at us. It was very inspiring and uplifting.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The relationship between the two main characters was quite the interesting feat for an author to have come up with. The idea of music centering the book was nice, because I feel that today's people depend on music a lot through their everyday lives. I have seen multiple cover versions of this book, but I think that my favourite would be the one where the girl is lying down with headphones and music. It really reaches the aspect of how time for music can alter one's perspective greatly. This romance/young adult novel is a must read! 4/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 22, 2016

To anyone who has read a Sarah Dessen novel before, you know exactly what I mean when I say this book is absolutely perfect. Annabel's voice is just so honest, you can't help falling in love with her, or Owen Armstrong. If you haven't picked up one of Dessen's novels before, what are you waiting for? Take it out now! Place a hold on it! You won't regret it. Just Listen is by far my favourite Sarah Dessen book, and I think it's a great place to start if you're just being introduced to the literary genius that is behind Dessen's stories. A five star rating for sure.

Jul 20, 2015

I remember when I was 12 and I read my first Sarah Dessen book, The Truth About Forever. I didn't like it, couldn't even get though a third of it. Come 13 and I try it again and it was A PIECE OF ART THAT MUST BE WORSHIPPED. After reading Just Listen I have realized that my Sarah Dessen readings have a pattern. The story starts off with Annabel, the youngest child in a family of models (well mostly just her and her two sisters), as early on the in story we are told that she and her BFF Sophie no longer speak for some reason I can't say but if you've read enough books like these you've narrowed them down. As her family copes with her sister's eating disorder she slowly gets better, but as time passes and she discovers a love for the Owen the loner her secret comes out, and the reason why Annabel and Sophie stopped talking. To be honest when I picked up the book I thought it was going to be way darker for some reason, even though this is Sarah Dessen. The main character was pretty likeable even though she was following the classic "I don't feel like I fit it" which makes sense for her age; however the people that really got me were her parents when they failed to notice (or more of acknowledge, especially the mom) the sister's eating disorder, until she passed about and had one foot in the grave. Annabel's character development was good as well since in the beginning she believes that she is weak. Overall I would recommend it to a friend, the writing style is accurate and a majority of the characters are likable, however it was definitely not my cup of tea.

Jun 27, 2015

great book, well written

-the strongest person in the book ends up being the person who seemed the weakest, who needed the most support, and about whom everyone worried

Sarahlinns Aug 04, 2014

- This book gives you a whole another point of view on llove and music. Truly one of my favorites from Sarah Dessen

Jul 17, 2014

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is a novel centered around a teenage girl named Annabel Greene. Annabel is going through a lot in her life. Her older sister has an eating disorder and she has had a major falling out with her former best friend. On top of this, she isn't sure if she wants to continue modeling, something she has done her whole life. Annabel feels isolated and alone at school and at home. Then, she meets Owen Armstrong after she is visibly sick at school one day. Owen is not the kind of guy Annabel would typically be involved with. He Owen is not the kind of guy Annabel would typically be involved with. He is shy, introverted and attached to his I-Pod. Owen is the only one she has told the truth about the night where everything went wrong with her former best friend, Sophie. Owen helps Annabel find out who she really is, and realize that all she needs to do is 'Don't think or judge,just listen'.
This novel was very hard to put down. It was easy to get wrapped up into Annabel's world and empathize with her problems. I think a lot of teens will relate to Annabel's story because almost everyone goes through bullying, heartbreak and trying to find themselves. Just Listen was funny when it needed to be and serious at the heavier parts. Sarah Dessen does a great job at giving the reader a visual of what is going inside in Annabel's head and what she sees. Overall, Just Listen was a great book in my opinion and one of my all time favorites.

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Dec 01, 2012

Loved it. Annabel finds her true self with the help of music and a boy named owen


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