Synopsis: 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.
**Do NOT read this review if you have not read this book**
I can't even put into words how disappointed i am with this book. This book was slowing predictable. There was basically zero romance which annoyed me and I didn't even find Owen very likeable. His reaction to what Annabel went through was really weird. I felt that after spilling her entire life story he would have more of an reaction. The main character Annabel... ugh, she annoyed me sooooo much. She was so oblivious to how people around her were feeling (Clarke and Owen especially) and I felt like she didn't try very hard to make friends or keep her friendships going. I found her to be very helpless. She didn't stand up for what she believed in (except for music) and she let Sophie control her for to long. She saw how wrong and abusive she was but she did nothing to defend herself or her friends. Ive had many friends like Sophie and by letting Sophie do what she wanted Annabel just gave her more power. I can't even begin to explain how much that angered me.
The book I read before this one was Hopeless By Colleen Hoover and it also had to do with sexual assault and that book i found was more believable. It showed the mental and physical struggle the victim went through and the repercussions of rape. It also showed the reactions of the victims family and her boyfriend. I found the fact that Annabels mom went into a deep depression after Annabels grandma died and then her daughter gets raped and she doesn't even cry or freak out. That just doesn't sit well with me. I guess everyone does deal with grief in their own way though.
The only thing I liked about this book was that I was able to relate to a lot of the stuff Annabel was going through and felt, even if i didn't agree with how she delt with it. This is my personal opinion but this book was a total let down. I don't plan on reading anymore of Sarah Dessens books. I don't recommend this novel.
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