This is the long awaited review Just Listen By Sarah Dessen. I read this back in October and while writing my dream adaptation of this book yesterday I realised I had promised this months ago and it just never came into fruition. I did say in that post that I would write the review straight after I had finished with that post but I lost track of time and I went out with my friends instead and lets just say if this post makes little to no sense I have a bit of a sore head and have had very little sleep – so let me off just this once please :D.
Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Coming of Age.
Publication Date: April 2006 (I think)
Plot 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.
The blurb is a pretty good indicator of the books simple but gripping plot. The plot is exactly as described there only better. I thought that it would be just another generic teen romance/coming of age – which in a sense it was but there was something else to it that gave it a depth that many others don’t have. It wasn’t a guilt tripping or mind numbing discovery of humanity and life itself which was nice – it was just more insightful. Overall, a basic plot line that was executed extremely well.
Writing Style: I’m going to be honest – I read this quite a while ago and I can’t really remember her writing in great detail – I remember it was nice to read, not overly wordy or too succinct. The characters all had individuality and not just a rehash of the same old stuff. Is rehash even a word? Oh well…
As I was saying I felt very similarly to how I did about Carla Rehse’s writing:
I wasn’t annoyed by it but I wasn’t so blown away that I could differentiate between hers and someone else I thoroughly enjoyed.
Characters/Relationships: Owen and Annabel’s relationship is adorable. They are not the typical relationship where there is an instant romantic connection, they seemed to have a friendship before anything more developed which I like because I think it’s more realistic but that’s a personal choice.
My favourite character by far was Mallory (Owen’s younger sister) and extreme model/fashion enthusiast. Her walls are basically a shrine to Annabel before she even knows her and she is so cute and annoying and I just love her – she totally has her brother whipped and he doesn’t even care which makes me love both their characters and their brother-sister relationship even more than I like Annabel and Owen.
I also love Rolly (Owen’s best friend) They work on the radio together and he teaches self-defence and he is in love with a girl he met once and he is so cute and I just love him. End of discussion.
That is all for this very short mini review that I did in like 20 minutes because I need a nap so bad you guys. Comment your average hours of sleep below – I would say mine vary from 8-12 hours a day depending on life (I have it so good! lol)
Thanks and Happy Reading,