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review 2017-04-11 01:47
Just Listen
Just Listen - Sarah Dessen

This was a much better book than I expected. The way it handled serious issues was careful and deliberate.

Trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault.

Given the description on the book page, I wasn't really prepared for what I found in this book. As mentioned above, the issues were handled with great care. While rape was at the center of the story, it also has mention of and dealings with eating disorders but never blames the victim. Owen is important, but I felt like this description inflates his importance. I expected a bit of a rom-com type story where Annabel's life isn't perfect but her problems aren't quite being the victim of a violent crime, you know what I mean?

Yes, her life wasn't perfect before the rape either and that's obvious from it's first mention, but that's not the point either. Owen is also not an "Edward" like figure as the description also led me to believe. Maybe it's just my own misguided interpretation but I feel like "intense" is one of the words used in yound adult stories to denote a boy who turns your life upside down and then is borderline abusive in some way. Owen is absolutely wonderful and his version of intensity is more the insistence of honesty and his level of comfort in his own skin than the way he broods or tries to control her life, neither of which are things he does.

I loved absolutely every character, except one, of course. They all worked well to propel Annabel's character growth. It was well paced and I enjoyed both the family drama and the school drama, especially the work they worked together to prompt Annabel to act. I thought it presented a great narrative for how such events come into being and how people respond to them.

I borrowed the audiobook from the library, which is read by Jennifer Ikeda. She's a fantastic narrator, having won a few awards for it already.

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review 2017-01-28 20:51
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Just Listen - Sarah Dessen

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text 2017-01-23 20:01
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 371 pages.
Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
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review 2016-10-04 22:23
This one is going to be a quickie...
@ - Lee Isserow
Book Title: @
Author: Lee Isserow
Narration: Ellie Stephenson
Genre: Social Media, Short Story
Source: Audiobook (Hoopla)
Ratings Breakdown
Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
The Feels: 1/5
Addictiveness: 1/5
Flow: 1/5
Backdrop (World Building): 2/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Narration: 3/5
Ending: 2/5
Overall Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
My Thoughts

I've never heard of this producer of Audiobooks before, and I would say that I'll probably avoid them in the future…because this was the worse audio on an audiobook…ever. Why are some audiobooks so freaking quiet????

This short story was a trip...I mostly read just because of a reading challenge...but...honestly, I could have skipped this.

Seriously though, Twitter made me do it...


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review 2016-02-22 20:56
The Sound of Your Heart
Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
This is my very first Sarah Dessen.

I held off for a specific reason, that her writing would be too light for me. It's hard because I know this book covered some pretty serious topics, like Anger Control, Sexual Assault, and Anorexia... I just don't think that it covered those topics in a way that felt realistic.

Don't hate me. I'm going to try more... maybe this was a fluke.


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