Friday, January 19, 2007

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

A high school girl has a secret that has made her best friend hate her. She is isolated and alone, but through the course of a school year she learns to face what happened to her and become a stronger person. Sounds a lot like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, doesn't it? Yes, there are similarities, but Just Listen is at it's heart a different book. It is really about how a true friend can change your life, open you up to new things, and help you do what's best for yourself. Owen, the big guy with the iPod, and Anabel, the teen model, are an unlikely pair. Owen has "anger issues," but is completely honest. Anabel, who should be angry, keeps everything inside. This book also has mean girls, an anorexic sister, and some romance. It is a mature book, but one that I highly recommend to 7th and 8th grade girls.

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