Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Music
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.
This is… I have no word to desctibe my feeling baout this book. I feel lucky to have it. When the first time i knew it from Goodread, i was sure that this is a really great book. Just Listen. The title told me there is it, meaning in it.
Friendship, family are the main problem of this book. Oh, those are covering the most important, the main problem of the story, it’s listen. Then speak.
Just Listen tells about Annabel with her broken friendship with Clarke, and then Sophie. With Clarke she had misunderstood her that she hated Annabel during these years. And with Sophie, they have the same problem too. Misunderstanding. Unlike the first case which Annabel had given up to greet, to approach Clarke. Her latest case she have no ability, or I say courage to tell the truth to Sophie and to people.
Annabel’s family too has some kind of problems. A bad relationship between her older sisters, her mother who.. i don’t know, I just don’t like her character. Especially while I read about Whitney’s, Annabel’s sister, eating disorder thing. When the story came to the part of her mother seems doesn’t care or doesn’t believe, or maybe avoiding the truth that Whitney is sick, and she keeps tell her family that she’s just tired my head said “Oh Grace, are you crazy or stupid or what?”
Well, this book has given me so much emotions in me. But i really touched by the part of Whitney’s assignment story telling about her sisters and herself in front of her, i think therapy group. How she describing her sisters, herself, their each character she knew. her feelings…
And Owen Armstrong. I really love when it turns to the part of them. What i’ve learned from this book is speak up. Tell others about what you think, your feelings. Don’t pretending like there’s nothing. I’ve learned that communication is an important thing in reationship. Besides “Don’t think or judge. Just listen. And then you can make up your mind”
“At least you should tell yourself the truth. If you can’t trust youself, who can you trust?”