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Just Listenby Sarah Dessen
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When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend — the popular and exciting Sophie — she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. But then she meets Owen — a Loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. With Owen's help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?
"This is young adult fiction at its best, delving into the minds of complex, believable teens, bringing them to life, and making readers want to know more about them with each turn of the page." School Library Journal
"Dessen spins her own quality tale of a young girl finding her voice, and finding an audience....Teen girls who meet Dessen for the first time here will be looking for her backlist." Booklist
"Dessen weaves a sometimes funny, mostly emotional, and very satisfying story." VOYA
"Dessen manages to create characters that feel as if they could step off the page and into real life." Children's Literature
"Not deep, but absorbing and enjoyable." Kirkus Reviews
This multilayered tale tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade. Includes a teaser chapter of Dessen's new hardcover, Lock and Key.
A romantic and empowering book about bullying
Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.
When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend—the popular and exciting Sophie—she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. but then she meets Owen—a loner, passionate about music and his weekly radio show, and always determined to tell the truth. And when they develop a friendship, Annabel is not only introduced to new music but is encouraged to listen to her own inner voice. with owen’s help, can Annabel find the courage to speak out about what exactly happened the night her friendship with Sophie came to a screeching halt?
About the Author
Sarah Dessen lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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