Although she has what many teenage girls desires – caring family, good grades, and a part-time modeling career – Annabel Greene’s personal life is anything but perfection. Annabel secretly despises modeling; her sister has an eating disorder; and their mother's past depression and fake cheerfulness cause mounting tension in the household. After an unfortunate incident at a summer party, Annabel is accused of stealing her best friend’s boyfriend, and treated as a social outcast by everyone at her school. Without the comfort of her friends and worried by her unstable family, Annabel finds an unlikely friend in classmate Owen, who teaches her to “Don’t think and judge. Just Listen.”
As with her other YA books, Dessen keeps the plot flowing and the characterization well developed. The dialogue is realistic and expertly done. Overall, this is a very enjoying and not overly deep story. My only criticism is that so much build up is created that readers may be disappointed with the climax.