Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"—at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
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Annabel Greene, the protagonist, is your typical blonde girl-next-door type who seemed to have everything and live the perfect life --- until something happened during the summer which turned everything to be the complete opposite of what was. She lost her bestfriend, and every person she knows in school ignored and avoided her. Her family, which was once perfectly happy, is now cold and seemingly shattered. Just when Annabel thought everything is torn into pieces, and she doesn't have anyone to talk and lean on to, she met Owen Armstrong. The ever-so-honest Owen. He's a student from her school, apparently, he's not in-crowd and he doesn't give a dime on any rumor that spread all over the school. Owen has his own problems as well, but the difference between him and Annabel is that he knows how to handle it, most of the time. He taught her about his aversion to lying and his principle of always telling the truth, which was the key to solving her problems all along. With Owen's help, Annabel managed to face all her problems, even her fear of that dreadful summer.
Again, Sarah Dessen has never failed to move me with this piece and inspire me in so many ways about facing life challenges. I must say that Just listen, like the rest of her novel, is one helluva touching, tear-jerking story of family and friendship, perfectly mixed with an amazing love story, and a dash of music.