by Sarah Dessen
“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”
Just Listen is a close contender to The Truth About Forever being my favorite Young Adult novel. I’m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, and I read all of her novels. Like if I could read book from one author, I would pick Sarah Dessen. Or make that two. I need Sophie Kinsella’s humor in my life.
So back to the book, when it comes to Sarah Dessen’s novels, my top picks are (this is kind of hard to do because I love all of her works):
- The Truth About Forever
- (closely followed by) Just Listen
- Along for the Ride
- all her other books
I would really recommend her books to teenage readers out there. Try once and maybe, like me, you’ll fall in love with the way she writes her words.
Genre: Young Adult
This series in five random words…
Why I think you should read this book…
If you’re in love with words like me, some of Sarah Dessen’s most notable quotes could be found in this book.
It’s a teen story. With all the imperfections thereof. I love how the author could touch the lives of her readers by placing a character that is so relatable that you could see yourself in her from time to time.
When it comes to creating the perfect summer story, Sarah Dessen is a pro. Family. Friends. Love. All in one book.
What I love about this book…
Annabel and Owen. The music and static between these two.
The quotes. Hands down.
The theme of the story, the characters, their individual lives, and how that played well in creating this perfect story.
The love story and how it developed. Oh, I already said that. But it was really noteworthy to repeat. You’ll love those two, no matter how imperfectly perfect they are. Because their flaws could be yours. And in those moments that you’re being honest with yourself, I hope you also realize that there’s something that could be done about them.
That being said, I’d also say that the character growth was one of this story’s highlights. Like with all of Sarah Dessen’s books.
Favorite quotes from the series…
“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”
“There has to be a middle. Without it, nothing can ever truly be whole. Because it is not just the space between, but also what holds everything together.”
“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
“Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.”
“I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got it out, the story was really all that mattered.”
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.