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Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen

Speak | March 4, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Just Listen is rated 4.5532 out of 5 by 47.
To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it.
 
When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection.
 
But her real life is far from perfect.
 
Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth.
 
And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy. . .
 
“This is young adult fiction at its best.” —School Library Journal
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.21 × 5.49 × 1.11 in

Published: March 4, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410977

ISBN - 13: 9780142410974

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! but heavy... I have read nearly every Sarah Dessen book, I started with the truth about Forever, and have loved everything since!! This book is great, but it deals with some heavy stuff, so it's something to be taken seriously, not just a light read! But it's worth it! It takes the main character on a journey within herself, overcoming things that have haunted her for a while. It teaches us to let go of the past, no matter what has happened, and learn to make the best of the future, and look positively on the things to come! P.S. I wish I had Owen as a best friend!
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Sarah's best This book was not entirely great from the start. It was a boring read and just wasn't intriguing. The content wasn't enjoyable. Annabelle as a character was alright- you were always wishing she would just open up instead of being secretive. Owen is a loving character... But, altogether this isn't a book I would immediately read all over again.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another amazing book by Sarah Dessen! I really liked this book! I started and finished it all in one day! This book is very emotional! I loved the characters in this book, and how they feed off each other to through the book to evolved into the characters in the end. Great book. Sarah Dessen doesnt disapoint.
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Just finished this book all i can say is....love this book i liked how the book talked about real life situations and how annabel dealt with them it is one of my favourites by far
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just listen: read this book! what a wonderful book. my first impression was that the book is going to be long and boring. after reading the first few pages...i just did not stop reading and reading. i think that the book touched a lot of people who've been in these situations before and this, this book, is just so well written
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! To be honest, I was always more of a fantasy reader. But having said that Im a hopeless romantic. While I "Googled" , I came across Sarah Dessen... Best decision I made. I read this book, and Im just thinking "WOW". She's able to capture so many emotions, in every novel she writes. While I was looking for romance, I found so much more - and I was not dissappointed. The novel focuses on life, and speaking up for yourself as well as dealing with personal and family issues. For the first time, an author brought in the power of music - which being a musician was a definite plus, and made the book that much more moving... She's brilliant! Truly a great story! I even downloaded Led Zepplin's "Thank you" which I'm sure means nothing unless you've read the book, but for those who have Im sure Im not alone. Anyways, there's a reason why she's a best seller, this story has it all. I recommend it to all my friends and fellow readers. So please give it a chance...
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Starting To Like Her This is the second book by Sarah Dessen I have read and I really enjoyed this one, I found it had a very relateable story and I also felt for the characters as well. I really liked the story and I really liked Annabel although she was a bit annoying at times, and Owen was a great male lead he was so sweet and his passion for music was very interesting to read even though a bit weird at times. I don't know about anyone else but I really wanted to punch Sophie in the face, I need to add that in here. Overall great book a bit slow at times but still very enjoyable. Check it out. :0)
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from Just read! Great! Definitely loved the power of music in this one. I thought Dessen had touched on something here that most of her other stories never even got close to. The way someone's life can change after such an event happens. Dessen never ceases to surprise me.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I definitely recommend this book to readers who look forward to a page-turning, exciting, cute story!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent read for Teenage girls Just Listen is the only book I have read by Sarah Dessen, but I can tell from this one novel that she is a fantastic author. Just Listen tells a story of a teenage girl and the struggles of her every day life. I read this book when I was in high school, I feel as though this is a story that almost all teenage girls can relate to. I would definitely recommend this book for any teenage girls out there looking for a good read, and in the future would read other books written by Sarah Dessen.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Communication: It's a beautiful thing I'd never read any of Sarah Dessen's other novels before this one, but I have to say it made a really good first impression. The story flowed well and the characters were likable. Although it was obvious from a very early stage what the big secret was (of course that may have been her intention all along, since the secret was not the main point of the story, but more a catalyst) I still found the book very enjoyable, minus the scene where what happened was described. If you're looking for a comparison, this book is similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, but I think I actually liked Just Listen better. In fact, this book kind of made me sad that I'm aging out of YA. Dessen knows how to connect with young girls and because of that, this book was quite an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for teen girls All of Sarah Dessen's novels are great books to give as a gift to your teen girl. This was my first and I enjoyed it enough to buy more of her novels and suggest them to friends.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. This is the first book I read by Sarah Dessen. This book has everthing in it, lil'bit of romance, teenage life, how to deal with difficult times and u know problems we go through at some point in our lives. S.D wrote it beautifully. Most importantly I like the character development in this story(NOT TO SPOIL ANYTHING)....almost all characters go through some kind of problem & I love how they cope and overcome their troubles in life. (ALOT YOU CAN RELATE TOO) good read!!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mother daughter review... Daughter, 12: This book is about a model named Annabel Greene. She’s the youngest of three girls and both of her older sisters are models, too. Even though on the outside it would seem as though Annabel’s got it all (the looks, the best friend, the beautiful house, basically a charmed life) she’s actually going through some pretty serious things. For one thing, her middle sister, Whitney, has an eating disorder that weighs down the whole family. Secondly, Annabel’s best friend is no longer speaking to her. In fact, no one is speaking to her. This is a book about how Annabel learns how to express her true feelings about things. Christie: That’s a good summary of what the book’s about. One of the book’s main points is about how appearances can be deceiving. Annabel often comments about the glass house her architect father has built and how people slow down when they drive by. What they might see is a family sitting down together to dinner, but Annabel knows that it’s much more complicated than that. Did you like the book? Daughter: Yes, I liked the book. I’ve read a couple of books before this one about eating disorders. They’re pretty scary, but this one seemed easier to read. Instead of describing everything Whitney does to deprive herself of food, it explains how even though she’s beautiful, she’s still struggling with her appearance. I really liked that part of the book. What about you? Christie: Well, what I liked was that Whitney’s struggles were only one part of the book. What I liked was how Annabel struggled to make her own voice heard. Something horrible has happened to her (something I found sort of easy to guess at), but she isn’t able to say anything. Instead, she lets her former best friend, Sophie, treat her badly. It isn’t until Owen, the school’s misunderstood ‘thug’ (by reputation only) befriends her, that she allows herself to be more assertive. Daughter: I agree. Owen seemed to open up something that Annabel didn’t even know was inside of her. Even though she and Owen only talked about music, she was allowed to express her opinion (mostly about her hate of techno) without any repercussions. And I too predicted the reason for the fallout between Annabel and Sophie. But I knew all along that Annabel was the real victim, not Sophie. She just didn’t know how to explain the truth. Christie: There are lots of novels out there that deal with these subjects: eating disorders, failed friendship, parents who don’t understand their kids (although I have to say that the adults in this novel were decent)…what do you think Dessen did well in Just Listen? Daughter: The main thing that I loved about Just Listen is the way Dessen built up her character’s personalities. By the end of the book I knew that Annabel was a complicated person on the inside, Owen was extremely misunderstood, and Sophie was crazy- basically a wildchid. She made it so clear who each one of these people were. It makes a book so much more enjoyable when you feel like you know the characters. Like they’re your friends. Christie: I agree. I think Annabel’s voice was well done here. And I have to admit that I fell in love with Owen from the very beginning. I guess I have a soft spot for big, hulking, slightly off-center guys. Daughter: I must say that I also knew that Owen wasn’t a ‘thug’ or anything that people had said at the start. I always try to see the character in a couple different ways before really deciding if they’re the good guy or the bad guy in a book. I didn’t really have to do this with Owen. He was the quiet, music-lover that was stereotyped for his height and tough persona. Just by Dessen’s description I could tell that Owen was protective, but gentle. And I loved his little sister from the very moment her name was mentioned. Mallory. That says it all. Christie: So – overall..would you recommend this book? Daughter: One of my friends is a Sarah Dessen fan and she raved about this book when she saw me reading it at school. She pulled out Dessen’s novel Someone Like You and said “You must read this when you’re done.” I think she basically recommended it for me. But I would like to add that if you can sympathize with the characters in this book, and the situations that they’re in, you’ll love it. It has a moral, it teaches a lesson, and it’s a great read for young adults. I’d definitely say that if you’ve never heard of Sarah Dessen you need to read this book- and check out her other books as well. They look very promising. Christie: I don’t disagree. I think she’s topical. The writing is generally crisp. The characters are well drawn. Young adults could do far worse.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Listen...More like Just Read This Book! This book is by far my Favourite Sarah Dessen book. It was so sweet and moving, and it kept me reading late into the night. I read this book in one day. And for me that is a rare occurance (I'm kinda a slow reader) I was so drawn into the story I couldn't out it down! I will recommend this book to everybody! Just read it!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dhesson does it again This book is probably one of the best in the whole Sarah Desson collection. The main character goes through struggles which normal teenagers would never have to face in their lifetime however the delicate use of Desson's writing style makes it so simple to understand that it draws the reader in to another persons world. I couldn't put this book down for two whole days, the detail and excellent story line make it by far one of my favorite books. The story is about a girl named Anabelle, who seems to have a perfect like however looks like can be deceiving. She is definitely going through a hard time and resident bad boy Owen ends up being the knight and shining armor who saves her. Through out the book, you are constantly drawn into Anabelle's world. I would definitely recommend this book to all age groups.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Read It ! Just Listen was a really good book. Dessen's writing is addictive and even though the book is not the most thrilling the writing pulls you in and wont let you stop until you are finished. I love the characters, Annabel is really down to earth and relatable and you can't help but love Owen. There are so many questions in the novel that it is pretty much impossible to stop reading. Obviously the main one 'what happened on the night of the party?' The only thing I didn't like about this novel was the modeling scenes. They were boring and I really didn't care for them. It felt like she was simply trying to fill in space. But other than that it was great. I recommend!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Read Over n' Over Again Book I loved this book. In fact I highly-highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter what your age. Dessen handled all the issues so fantastically. Whitney and her eating disorder felt real and honest. The reactions of the family and how they all dealt with it in their own unique way was handled so gracefully. Heck, everything was raw with emotions. Dessen didn't glaze over it and I thought that Annabel's reactions to the night of the party was perfect. Not sharing with her family and scared to speak up. It defined her until she finally was able to come to terms. Owen is up in my top favorite male book leads. I couldn't help but see a bit of Jess from Gilmore Girls in Owen but less messed up. I loved how he interacted with his younger sister and how as much as he disagreed with her he was still there for her. He was sweet and I adored how he always told the truth. Plus, him tossing out Anger Management tips and words just added to his character depth. I love when authors add lots of characterization and quirks to their characters. Dessen also didn't tell us what had happened, we were shown everything. Again something that I love. Cannot stand when authors just tell us events, it sucks up all the emotion and takes the punch out. Honestly, I cannot say enough about this book. I loved everything and I don't want to say too much about the plot because you should all have the experience of reading the book. It was amazing and I loved this and cannot wait to read another Dessen book.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this was definatlly one of sarah dessens best books. i have read all of her book but dreamland and i have to say that i just couldnt put this one down.if your looking for a great read with dharactors that yu can connect wth this is the way to go. persomally owen was my favorite. i love music but his obsesion was boardering on insaneity. an awsome book check it out sometime.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greaat! Just wondeful, I loove Sarah Dessen books. They're always so wonderfully written. Reccomend this book to anyone! Annabella has a big secret, and doesn't want to tell anyone. When she comes back to school, no one will talk to her, axcept Owen, the tough guy no one ewants to cross. Throughout the book, we read about her relationship with Owen and how Annabelle fixes broken friendships!:)
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Is Required To Read This Book <> I read this book for my ISU! &&. it was amazing! I finshed it in 2 days, and my isu is due in 2 months, so i'am way ahead of everyone in my class now. but i read alot so... but the point is that, it was a very good book! THERE ARE: so much secrets ... so much silence ... so much MUSIC!!! and i would recommend it to EVERYONE!!! XD
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining!! Just Listen was not a book i would noramally chose to read, because i am not really into books like these. However, I was not disapointed. I absolutly loved this book, it was realistic, and i know many people would be able to relate to this book. :) So, DON'T WAIT! read this book, you won't be dissapointed.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't think...just listen Just Listen is about Annabel's life at seventeen, how she lost her best friend and gained one. Annabel is an average teen, she goes to school, models and has family drama, and is the brunt of an ex-friends rage. While being isolated from all her old friends she meets Owen, the schools "weird guy." He doesn't care about what anyone says or thinks of him. He cares about music...and eventually Annabel. There friendship starts off slow, but quickly grows to be something much more. As always Sarah Dessen has written another realistic novel about what it's like growing up. And if you have read "This Lullaby" you get an unexpected surprise. Obviously, I recommend it.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good This is only my second Sarah Dessen novel but it definitely did not disappoint. I am really starting to be a fan of her novels and am looking forward to reading the next one.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm :\ When I picked up this book, I was kind of expecting it to be a little more .. iunno .. interesting. When I read it, it didn`t really make me want to read on very much. But the ending was good :) In my opinion, not one of the best books, but it is worth a read. 3.5/5
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Although it was bit slow to read, I loved it!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! :) I really enjoyed this book by Dessen,definately one of my favourites.I loved the story and the end was brilliant.All the things Annabel goes through are tremendous,you would never know.I think the relationship between Owen and Annabel was so unique and unforgetable.If you're having doubts about this book,DON'T,It's a really good read.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Listen It was an amzing book!! I loved it, i cant even discribe how much i loved it!!! It was so good, and kept you thicking the whole way tho...and i loved everything...how two totally different people could come together like that, and everything..ever page was something new an interesting!!!! I love sarah dessen books!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read, Sarah Dessen does not disappoint! This is my absolute favourite book by Sarah Dessen. I love them all, but for some reason this one really stands out. It is about a girl named Annabelle who people see at the girl who has everything, shes a model, shes beautiful, she popular etc. However, one night at a party something life changing happens to her. This is a novel of love, loss and learning to cope with what life has to bring you.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) This book was fantastic. I identified well with the protagonist and found Owen quite compelling. Its a must read.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldin't put it down ! AMAZING . Just Listen is about a girl who embodies the average teenage girl. She allows herself to be influenced by the popular girl and forgets who she is. Then something terrible happens to her, and she loses her popularity, her friends, and her dignity. Then she meets Owen who changes everything. The loneliness goes away and she is finally able to become honest with herself. But will she every really be able to get over the past? Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite authors and I love how she incorporates different characters from her past novels into this one ( kind of like guest apperances in movies) it makes it that much better.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring It was an ok book. Kinda boring though. It just went on and on and i didn't like the story line.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I liked the truth about Forever, but I loved Just Listen. Annabel embodies what so many of us have experienced the aching loneliness of highschool and the fear that forces us to stay silent. That is until she meets Owen someone whose passion for music leads her to become the person she wants to be, if only with him. Sarah Dessen weaves a story of loneliness and self discovery, a terrific one at that.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good Although some parts are pretty slow, this is a really good book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Teen Read! This was a really good book. Sarah Dessen's writing style is so easy and comfortable, you just get sucked in, and you feel like you know the characters right from the beginning of the book. Annabel is the youngest child but she feels like the middle child - in between the extremes of both her sisters. Her mom got depressed when she was young and now Annabel feels like the mediator in the family - the one smoothing away the bumps so her Mom doesn't get upset. But now one sister has quit modeling and another one has an eating disorder. Those are bumps that Annabel can't smooth away. And what has happened to Annabel? She's lost her best friend and has spent the summer alone. As the story unfolds, we learn what happened to Annabel and Annabel learns to tell what happened to her. I loved this book. It was really great.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I LUV THIS BOOK!!! AMAZING MUCH!! omg i definitely recommend this book to ANYONE who loves music AND loves to read. i was incredibly impressed with it. im reading it for the third time because it was soo amazing!!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAAAAHHH IT WAS SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I couldn't believe how great this book was!!! it was amazing!!! A great read beyond great read!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DAZZLING Just Listen amazed me. I couldn't believe how quickly and easily I fell into the story. It's become one of my favourite three books, which is a lot coming from me because I have a hard time picking! I guess it helped that I easily related to Annabel- and not just because I'm playing the role of a girl named Annabel for my school play, but because Sarah Dessen wrote her, and all the characters for that matter, so beautifully realistic that it was hard not to. One of the things I loved most about this book was Owen, because he reminded me so much of my best friend. Trust me, you'll find a character that reminds you of somebody too- they're just all so realistic! And even if you don't, you'll love them anyways!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomely Great :) This book is very good. I would have not picked it out if i was to go to a book store since i read books like Gossip Girls, Summer Boys, Souh Beach, The A-List etc. And from the back it didn't seem like anything I would read but after my friend had recommended it to me and she said it was her favourite book by far. So i got kinda curious... After reading It I loved it, And I gotta say it has to be one of my favourite books! It was super easy to get into and you could never stop reading! I would definitely recommend this book! Im not going to say anymore so i won't give the the story away.. lol :)
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book about 3 days ago and could not put it down. It has to be the best book I have ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book! This is one book I can seriously say I would read again! I just returned from Poland... And I read the book there. I had my eyes glued to this book all day! (It only took me one day to read! But its just me!) The story really grabs your attention... and makes you look around you... and after reading this... I agree with alot.. Like Owen's statement " Silence is so friggin loud!" IT IS! This book makes you so aware of things you havnt even thought about once! Even some people in your school! Monika
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Sarah Dessen's book "just listen" "Just Listen" is both a captivating and heartwarming novel that I completly fell in love with the second I opened it up. Sarah Dessen's ability to describe the characters in this book really brought them to life, making me feel that I personally knew them. After a summer of modeling, and hoping her best friend would forgive her, the once popular Annabell returns to school with flying rumors and hatred from the people she counted on the most. When a misunderstood Owen Armstrong takes notice of Annabell though, he teaches her about controling her feelings, and about always telling the truth. Will Annabell be able to meet Owen's expecations whil edealing with her ex-best friends, her sisters eating disorder, and maybe even fallin for someone she never knew she could have feelings for? Read this vivacious and wonderful novel to find out!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't think, or Judge. Just Listen. I love this book. I am close to finishing and i decided to write up a review for it. I love it so much that I can't put it down and ditched my friends to read it. haha. Anyways. Just like all the other books from Sarah Dessen this has topped to be one of my favorites. I dunno what it is but i love all her books. this one is amazing in a lot of ways. and it makes me think about things so much and im just amazed at what type of lies everyone tells each day...and i know i'll be more acute to them now, and just like Owen, silence is so freaking loud!! for me too. and i love the quoat "Don't think, or Judge. Just Listen." God! this book is just amazing. read it and you'll fall in love with it. amazing beyond return. 10/10. i just love it. thats all i have to say!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesome read This book will carry your emotions and make you want to continue reading. It has the capacity to change your view on many things in life, and it is well worth the read
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Read Sarah Dessen has done it again in this amazing young adult novel. The long anticipated "Just Listen" was well worth the wait and the read, I could not put it down. She captivates the reader in the drama and the romance with the underlying secret teh main character is hiding. It's an in depth look into the world of modeling, eating disorders, and how it affects everyone. As for the romance aspect of this novel, it is quite touching. A romance blooming between two opposites based on music and shows the importance of being honest with everyone around you. This story also shows a bond between sisters who didn't even realize it was there. I most definately recommend it if you are a fan of her books. If not, this is a great book to read to start being a fan. I was unable to put it down until the last page and it was completely satisfying.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so hear this! Just Listen was an amazing book, i LOVE all of sarah dessens books, read every single one and i loved them all. but i just loved this one so much. i couldn't put it down,, now i'm just waiting for more to come!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Amazing! Just Listen is amazing! Sarah Dessen has written another amazing novel! If you loved This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever then you'll definitely love Just Listen. It's mainly about a young girl who deals with confrontation and her family problems that arise at home. Also, you cannot forget she meets an amazing, love-to-tell-the-truth kind of guy named, Owen Armstrong. This book is a MUST read! You will love it and this is the truth. I'm often picky with novels but this one is hell of a great one to read. So when you're Chapters sometime you HAVE to read this book, you'll love it I'm positive!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I really enjoyed this book. It's about a girl who, after a fight with her best friend, is a loner and is shunned by everyone. Then on day she meets a boy, Owen, and he invites her into his world, music. She also has a sister with an eating disorder and she is a model who hates modeling. It was a very good book, and if you liked it you should read The Truth About Forver.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.21 × 5.49 × 1.11 in

Published: March 4, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410977

ISBN - 13: 9780142410974

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Chapter ONE I taped the commercial back in April, before anything had happened, and promptly forgot about it. A few weeks ago, it had started running, and suddenly, I was everywhere. On the rows of screens hanging over the ellipticals at the gym. On the monitor they have at the post office that’s supposed to distract you from how long you’ve been waiting in line. And now here, on the TV in my room, as I sat at the edge of my bed, fingers clenched into my palms, trying to make myself get up and leave. "It’s that time of year again. . . ." I stared at myself on the screen as I was five months earlier, looking for any difference, some visible proof of what had happened to me. First, though, I was struck by the sheer oddness of seeing myself without benefit of a mirror or photograph. I had never gotten used to it, even after all this time. "Football games," I watched myself say. I was wearing a baby-blue cheerleader uniform, hair pulled back tight into a ponytail, and clutching a huge megaphone, the kind nobody ever used anymore, emblazoned with a K. "Study hall." Cut to me in a serious plaid skirt and brown cropped sweater, which I remembered feeling itchy and so wrong to be wearing just as it was getting warm, finally. "And, of course, social life." I leaned in, staring at the me on-screen, now outfitted in jeans and a glittery tee and seated on a bench, turning to speak this line while a group of other girls chattered silently behind me. The director, fresh-f
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From the Publisher

To find the truth you&#8217;ve got to be willing to hear it.
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When she&#8217;s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection.
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But her real life is far from perfect.
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Fortunately, she&#8217;s got Owen. He&#8217;s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth.
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And most of all, he&#8217;s determined to make Annabel happy. . .
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&#147;This is young adult fiction at its best.&#8221; &#151;School Library Journal
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Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.

From the Author

"I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I’ve spent in Chapel Hill, NC. My parents were both professors at the University of North Carolina: my mom is a classicist (which means she knows everything you could ever imagine about myths, Latin, and words) and my dad teaches Shakespeare (which means I’d seen  As You Like It  about five times by the age of 18.) I have one brother, who is a musician and lives in California with his son and his wife, an artist who designed my personal website. (Thanks, Mariangeles!) "I’ve been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I’d sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time. "In high school, I was lucky enough to have a big group of girlfriends that have really inspired a lot of the s
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Editorial Reviews

This is young adult fiction at its best ...

&#249;School Library Journal

Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story.

VOYA

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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