Music is my magic wand. it can soothe my frustrated mood, help me feel emotion when numbness settles in, and it can motivate me in a heartbeat.
Unlike Owen, the character in Sarah Dessen's novel, I'm not enlightened though. Owen would be disappointed that I favor country music and even "mass produced crap sung by teenager[s] completely controlled by corporate marketing". But I can't help it. Sometimes it's the repetitive lyrics of Party in the U.S.A. that helps me believe all my dreams can come true even if I don't fit in with the celebrity scene.
I believe any music lover would love Just Listen. Regardless of the genre or the artist or the meaning behind the music of your choice, Sarah Dessen teaches us all a thing or two about music and communication.
Yes, communication. her characters (exquisitely detailed) weave all manner of communication into their lives. They don't even have to talk all the time to get their point across. Because in this novel, sometimes actions speak louder than words.
A tale of friendship, sisterhood, family and silence, Just Listen is a 5* read that I didn't want to put down once I picked it up.