Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
There was nothing. Nothing.
If you search for the tag those dessen books though on RealityLapse, you’ll get a list of my Sarah Dessen books reviews. Here’s the one sentence version: I decided to reread all of the Sarah Dessen novels in a search for something more in these books where I found little but annoyance before–considering the fact that I’ve read a lot more YA and am more experienced in this genre now.
Annabel is likable. Owen is lovable. He is most definitely one of my favorite Dessen guys. The characters in this story were were well-done and fun. There was nothing especially annoying or irritable in Annabel’s voice. In fact, I quite liked her. Almost as much as Mclean. And I thought it was awesome that Owen and Sophie got to meet Remy and Dexter.
It’s weird. As much as I didn’t like Remy at all in THIS LULLABY, I really grew to like her in this story. I guess it’s the transformation thing. Dexter made her better. But her backstory, the way she grew up thinking, that was what caused me to dislike her. The period of transformation, I guess, is what drove me nuts.
Everything about this book, the writing, the plot, the style, the feel, for some reason it just makes it a compulsive read. I could not stop reading this book. Even though I still like WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE better, I think this is a pretty awesome book. It’s one of Dessen’s that I like more. Very nice. I love the way this story touched on so many themes (like Dessen’s books tend to do) and I greatly appreciated the way the book ended. Kudos to the author. Looking forward to LOCK AND KEY. Most interesting synopsis so far… 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 383
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