Just Listen

Keisha M.

Brief Summary:

Annabel Greene is the main character of the novel and was the youngest of all three sisters. She used to be popular until a horrible incident happened at a party. She loses all of her friends and becomes lonely. She was a model, but she wanted to quit and she had a hard time telling her mother who wants her to continue modeling, as she hates any confrontation of any kind. She has a habit of never telling the truth so she can try to spare people's feelings. She met Owen, and had a close bond with him. She lets him in, which she doesn't do with anyone. They don't speak to one another for two months after they misunderstood each other. When Emily came to Owen about her sexual assault and that she will have to speak at a trial to have her rapist convicted does she confront Owen after his radio show on a Sunday morning, mending their bond. She confessed what happened in her life since the party where Will raped her, and he convinces her to testify at the trial. She starts a relationship with him after they kissed after the trial.

List of Characters:

  • Annabel Greene- Main Character
  • Owen Armstrong- A music obsessed broody boy, who is a loner
  • Clarke Reynolds- An ethnically Chinese girl who used to be Annabel's best friend
  • Sophie Barker- A cruel girl, who was Annabel's best friend for four years

  • Whitney Greene- Annabel and Kirsten's middle sister

  • Grace Greene- Annabel's mom

  • Andrew Greene- Annabel's dad

  • Kirsten Greene- Annabel and Whitney's oldest sister

  • Emily Shuster- A girl whom Annabel met at a last calendar shoot for Lakeview Models.

  • Will Cash- Sophie's boyfriend who raped Annabel, Emily, and other unknown girls

  • Mallory Armstrong- Owen's hyper, pop-music and model loving little sister, who adores Annabel because of her modeling abilities and in general

  • Rolly- Owen's best friend and Owen's radio show assistant. Later, he becomes Clarke's boyfriend

Character Analysis for Annabel Greene

Trait 1:

Confused

Evidence:

"As for me, I fell somewhere between my sisters and their strong personalities, the very personification of the vast gray area that separated them. I was not bold and outspoken, or silent and calculating. I had no idea how anybody would describe me, or what would come to mind at the sound of my name."


Trait 2:

Man Please

Evidence:

"As for me, I fell somewhere between my sisters and their strong personalities, the very personification of the vast gray area that separated them. I was not bold and outspoken, or silent and calculating. I had no idea how anybody would describe me, or what would come to mind at the sound of my name."

About The Character :

She's pretty quiet and didn't talk to many people after raped her. But yet she didn't let it crush her. She still wasn't uneffected by what Will did to her.

Theme:

The theme is the importance of honesty, the value of facing conflicts rather than avoiding them, and the vast differences between appearances and reality.

Important Event:

She went to a party and that changed everything in her life. At the party Annabel's best friend Sophie's boyfriend tries to rape her, but Sophie turns the story around and says that Annabel was sleeping with her boyfriend. The next fall at school everyone around her begins to hate her.
Annabel is always alone at school. She tries to tell her parents about it, but she doesn't know how to. Then, when she thinks things can't get any worse, her sister is diagnosed with anorexia. Annabel then thinks, that with her sister's anorexia, her parents have enough on their mind, and she decides that she is not going to tell them anything. Then she meets a
boy named, Owen. Owen is an outcast who loves music and is completely honest
with everyone and everything. He convinces her that it is okay to get help and
that sometimes holding things in is harder than letting them.

Recommendation:

Other recommended books by: Sarah Dessen

  • Someone Like You
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Lock And Key
  • This Lullaby
  • Along The Ride
  • Dreamland
  • That Summer
  • What Happened To Goodbye