Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen's books have always appeared of my recommendations in Goodreads. I had some in to read and finally decided to give her a try. Most of her books are really high rated and being a romance fan I guessed it would be a really good read for me. I was kind of wrong. I am not saying Sarah Dessen is a bad author, she is not. She has this way of narrating something very normal in a very poetical and lyrical kind of way but after reading Colleen Hoover, I just think Sarah Dessen didn't do it for me. At least with this book.
Just Listen is a book many people will like I am sure of that. However, I am not sure I enjoyed it that much. It was an okay read, it didn't bore me, but it didn't leave me feeling whole like I do after reading some other romance novels.
Just Listen narrates the story of Annabel. She is a girl who was shun and casted aside by her peers for having sex with her best friend's boyfriend. In her reclusion she meets Owen. A very mysterious, angry kind of guy who is obsessed with weird kind of music.
“Don't think or judge, just listen.”
Annabel is a model and wants to stop but doesn't want to hurt her mother, she also suffers through her sister's anorexia, a long with coming face to face with what actually happened the night of the party.
I think the problem for me is that I didn't like Annabel. I thought she was kind of weak and she kept running from everything. She never stands up for herself and was basically a push over. I also didn't fall in love with Owen. He was kind of weird for my liking and the whole Anger Management thing didn't make sense to me because he seemed too calm for having had actual problems. I thought the Anger thing was added to create more depth and it really didn't work for me.
I did however like Annabel's storyline with her sisters. If something touched me about the story was her sister recovering. However she also pisses me of there because she is always quite and doubting herself and feeling sorry for her life and how she lies and everything.
I really wish I could have liked it and I will give Sarah Dessen more chances but this book, although well written, didn't connect with me at all.
“No matter how much time has passed, these things still affect us and the world we live in. If you don't pay attention to the past, you'll never understand the future. It's all linked together.”
-- 2.5 stars--