Review: Just Listen


Just Listen Book Review

Name: Just Listen

Writer: Sarah Dessen

Published: 2006

Annabel is the girl who has it all. The most popular friends, a modelling career, the perfect family. Everything is perfect. Or is it?

Since before the summer, when “it” happened, everything has gone downhill. Annabel’s best friend has dropped her, she doesn’t like modelling anymore and her older sister is anorexic.

Everything seems pointless… until she meets Owen. He is the silent, truth-telling badboy with anger management issues and headphones on, but he might be the only one who can get Annabel to listen…


I think the plot was good. It had a nice pace and they didn’t reveal all the secrets of the book too soon. The story was easy to follow and It made me want to keep reading.

One thing I didn’t like, was that the author waited a little bit too long to reveal “the big secret about what happened between Annabel and Sophie (her former best friend)”. It took more than half of the book, and by then I had already figured it out by myself. When I read a book, I like it when it’s like this:

The book: BAM! haha, that was not what you expected at all *insert evil laughter*

Me: *crying on the floor*


Back to the plot.

As a whole, I liked it :). It was not what I expected, and since I had kind of low expectations, it surprised me. In a good way ;)


A great thing about this book, and something Sarah Dessen is really good at, is that almost every single character had depth and development. That’s a big +, for me. I absolutely hate it when you can’t tell the personality of even the protagonist.

Annabel as a character started out as the “nice” girl. The girl who keeps modelling because it makes her mother happy. The girl who avoids conflict. The girl who lies and keeps everything inside in order to spare someone’s feelings. The girl who never puts herself first.

By the end of the book, she has learnt to speak her mind. To take control of her own life, To live it like she wants to.

I also liked Owen. He had this policy to always tell the truth, even when it might not be what the other person wants to hear. If you ask Owen a question, you have to be prepared to hear the answer. This is to me a really interesting quality that not many people possess today.

He also had a really cool relationship with music that I can relate to, even though I’m not  as obsessed as him.

Owen’s lesson of the day is basically to keep calm and listen to the silence ;).

Annabel’s two sisters also had a huge part of the plot. All the three of them were as different as you can be, but by the end of the day, they learned to understand each other and that brought them closer.

This book takes up many important issues, such as eating disorders, pressure and rape. That is a huge reason why I liked it so much.

Favourite quotes:

“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.”  – Owen

“Silence is so freaking loud” – Owen

“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.” – Whitney (middlesister)

“I thought again how you could never really know what you were seeing with just a glance, in motion, passing by. Good or bad, right or wrong. There was always so much more.” – Annabel

I give this book…..


4/5 Mustaches :D

For now…Goodbye :)



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