Annabel Green is "the girl who has everything" — at least that's what she portrays in her modeling shoots. But Annabel's life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister's eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracized at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen–-intense, music obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?
I absolutely loved this book! It has everything that I expect in a book: a cute romance, deep dark secrets/problems and perfect characters! I really could relate to Annabel (not the model thing) like holding back the truth and being afraid about what happened to the past and telling things you're afraid to tell.
The romance in this book was not the main thing but it was a huge thing. Owen is that kinda guy who isn't afraid of holding back the truth or lie so he tells everything that pops out of head and that's why Annabel could let go of her things.
Another thing I loved were her sisters Kirsten and Whitney. I loved the relationship between these three characters and how Sarah Dessen developed those characters. Whitney has an eating problem (first I thought that Annabel was the one with the eating problem) so she deals with her stuff and I loved how Sarah Dessen solved this problem. Whitney's speech was amazing!
So I really think this book would do perfectly in de movie industry and I really think they should make a movie about this book. I really think that many girls can relate to the characters and the storyline. The title was also a really good choice because Owen loves music and he makes CD's for her that she has to listen, but also Just Listen as a way of telling people stuff.
This was by far the best Sarah Dessen book that I've read so far (I read That Summer, Lock & Key and the Truth about forever as well. These are the only books I own by Sarah Dessen, but I'm going to buy and read her other books next spring/summer).
Have you read Just Listen and did you like it as much as I do?