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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. Through out this whole story Annabel finds that life has it's up and downs. The only way to over come it is by getting back up and pushing forward. In this multi-layered, impossible-to-put-down book, Sarah Dessen tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade.
What I thought:
This I have to say, is one of the best books I have read this year and one of my favorites from Dessen. This didn't turn out the way I thought it would. We slowly get the story from Annabelle. Very slowly. I kept wanting to skip ahead (don't worry, I didn't) to figure out just what had happened between Annabelle and Sophie. Follow my advice. Don't skip ahead. All is revealed in just the way it should be. Even if it isn't a little head scratching when you don't have the full story.
There was a side story to this. Pertaining Whitney, Annabelle's sister. It was gripping. It didn't seem out of place or to overshadow the main story, but added to the story.
Owen. What a character! I wasn't entirely sure about this character at first. Really. And then I kept reading. He was the only one to befriend Annabelle after her fall from popularity. He quickly grew on me to the point I loved him by the end. His take on music was very interesting. What I love about Dessen's characters, no one character is the same as another. Which is hard to find.
This book contains two very real, very serious issues. Things that teens face more often than we'd like to think. And I applaud Sarah Dessen for writing this story. There seems to be people out there who think the issues that teens face shouldn't be written. I say they should. This is a shining example of two people learning to overcome some very difficult things. This is what makes a great read.
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