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.