Standalone Sunday: Just Listen

Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen


To find the truth, you’ve got to be willing to hear it.

When she’s modelling, 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…

I consider Sarah Dessen to be one of the queens of the YA contemporary genre. Hers were the first contemporary stories I read and actually Just Listen is my favourite of all her books so far, I still have a few of her newer releases to get around to. I have read and re-read this book countless times, so many times the copy I own is slightly threadbare in places.

Just Listen is a light story in places, with a cute romance developing between Owen and Annabel, but there are also deeper issues that play a large part in the plot and the character development. No matter how many times I read this book it’s always going to be a favourite of mine.

“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.Β 
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”

What did you think of Just Listen? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.

20 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: Just Listen

  1. Just seeing this pop up on your blog makes me want to reread this novel again and again. Like you, Just Listen is also my favourite book of hers thus far (and also my first!) and while there’s definitely a sense of nostalgia there somewhere, I also think that it’s just got that perfect balance of family, friends, romance, and self-development. It’s just so charming, and I love that you picked this to feature. ❀

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    1. I really need to re-read this book again. It’s been so long since I last picked it up but I have such fond memories of the story I know I need to pick it up again sooner rather than later.
      Yes there’s plenty to love about this book, so many strong relationships but a great story as well. When it comes to Sarah Dessen books I don’t think there’s any other I could have picked for this feature! πŸ˜€ ❀


  2. I’m so glad you are featuring this book, Beth. I need to order new books soon and that one is already on the list – I am SO impatient to get to it πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. When it comes to Sarah Dessen books I needed to feature this one before any other because it’s my all-time favourite! πŸ˜€ I really hope you manage to get around to it soon Marie, it’s such an amazing read and I’m sure you’ll love it as well! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. The Truth About Forever is probably my second favourite Sarah Dessen book, as for your next read I’d definitely recommend Just Listen because it’s my number one favourite release by her. I can’t think of any other you should read before it! πŸ˜€

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    1. It really is a great book, the first Sarah Dessen release I picked up and it’s still my favourite to this day. I loved Annabel’s character and hopefully if you pick this book up you’ll love it as well May.
      That’s all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Same here, Just Listen is probably my favourite Sarah Dessen release so far! I love Annabel and Owen, and their relationship because the fit so well together. Yes I love how she tackles real issues, but still creates a heartwarming story as well. πŸ™‚

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