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.
“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.