Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Main Characters: Annabel Greene, Owen Armstrong, Whitney Greene
The here comes the best part: She meets Owen Armstrong. A dark, tall guy- who always is listening to music on his IPod, that she once saw punch a guy and then just walk away calmly. Owen is a guy who is quiet and appears to not have any friends. But Annabel and Owen’s friendship starts in an unusual way when he reaches out his hand to help her while she is sick one day in school. After that moment their friendship starts blossoming between the guy that is really honest and between the girl that is scared to say the truth to protect everybody else.
…“So you’re always honest,” I said.
“No,” I told him. “I’m not.”
“Well, that’s good to know, I guess.”
“I’m not saying I’m a liar,” I told him. He raised his eyebrows. “That’s not how I meant it, anyways.”
“How’d you mean it, then?”
“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”
“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”
I loved Owen. I fell in love with him. He was just so amazing in every way from his view of music:
“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.”
to him hating silence : “Silence is so freaking loud”.
I liked Annabel but I felt sad for her holding all of that hurt and past :
“The past did affect the present and the future, in ways you could see and a million ones you couldn’t. Time wasn’t a thing you could divide easily; there was no defined middle or beginning or end. I could pretend to leave the past behind, but it would not leave me.”
I liked her sisters and how they each reunited and forgave each other.
This book was just beautiful. I loved it and it just taught me this :
“Don’t think or judge, just listen.”
Also the picture is from my friend Ari