I seriously enjoyed this reread! Like, a lot! I'd forgotten how quiet and low-key Annabel is as a character, and there definitely was a heavy bit of backstory at the beginning, but I definitely fell in love with this reread. I love that Dessen always heavily focuses on family and creates these beautiful metaphors that weave behind the story line.
I remember reading about Sarah's inspiration behind JUST LISTEN and looked it up just to make sure I was remembering right. For those of you who don't know, this is the moment that inspired the book:
"I was doing a speaking engagement at a school, and as I sat waiting, I started to flip though a yearbook that was on the table in front of me. In the back, there were all these senior pages, where people had pictures of their friends and families, and there was one shot of these three beautiful blonde girls, sitting by a pool in front of a big, gorgeous house. My first thought was, "Their lives must be perfect," followed by how ridiculous it was for me to assume that. I began to think about how quick we are to judge just based on appearances, and the book built from there." (Source)
From Annabel's glass house to the picture she finds of her and her sisters to the theme of assumptions based on outside appearances, this book definitely captures that moment.
Of course we can't forget to talk about the Dessen boy: Owen. Owen isn't swoony-worthy from the start, but he definitely owns that title toward the end, don't you think? The car wash scene had me SOLD!
Speaking of the car wash scene, did anyone catch what Sarah tweeted this month?!
I need to try this some time!
Anyway, here's how I picture Owen: (photo cred: emeliehallback.tumblr.com)
And this is how I'd picture Annabel: (picture credit source)
For those of you who've read Sarah Dessen before, didn't you just LOVE the Dexter/Remy cameo scene? I love me some Dexter <3 nbsp="" p="">
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
So, what did you think? Did you like it? If you didn't read JUST LISTEN, what Sarah Dessen book did you read and did you enjoy it? :)
March's read: THIS LULLABY (Ahhh I love this one. I mean, Dexter!)
Until next time,