Thursday, December 3, 2015

Audiobook Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: June 2012 (Reissue)
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 371
ISBN: 9780142410974
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
Source: Own

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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.
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I've had Just Listen on my to-read list for a really long time now, and when I decided to read ALL of the Sarah Dessen books I own this year, this was the one I absolutely couldn't wait to start. The book had been sitting on my shelves, just waiting for me to read it, and I finally did, although I ended up listening to the audiobook instead of actually reading my finished copy. Regardless, I loved this book so much!

There are so many characters in this story that I absolutely love. The main character, Annabel, was such an awesome young lady, and has a really great family as well. Their lives were far from perfect, but they worked so well together to help each other through the problems, and I love, love, love this so much. Her parents were great, as were her sisters. Of course, each of them were quirky in their own way, but I loved them all even more for it.

One of my most loved characters in the book for me, I'd had to say, was Owen Armstrong. I've read quite a few Sarah Dessen books, and I almost always fall in love with the hero of the story, but Owen is different, and I really think that he's my most favorite of Dessen's main men up to this point.

It's not only the characters that I love in the story, however, but I loved the storyline as well. While the book was a really great read, it also has a really great message as well, one that I hope young girls will read and remember. I've already given my girls a copy of this book to read, and I can wait until they do so that we can discuss the book together!

As I mentioned above, I listened to the audio book for Just Listen, and I absolutely loved the narrator. Jennifer Ikeda did a wonderful job with the narrating and voices in this story, and I was pleased to discover that she also narrated audio books like A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, the All Souls series by Deborah Harkness, The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz, and many, many more! I'm really looking forward to listening to more by her in the near future; she was great!

Overall; I think Just Listen has become one of my most favorite Dessen books EVER, and that's saying a lot because I really love ALL of Sarah's books. But this one really made an impact with me, and I'm now going to force everyone I know to read it. Now I only have four more books to read by Dessen and I will have read her whole collection! These books are great, check them out sometime!!

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