Originally published on July 14, 2012.
Along for the Ride, Someone Like You, Dreamland, and What Happened to Goodbye), so I'll keep this
short and sweet.
High school junior Annabel Greene starts the school year
as a loner. Something happened to her over the summer--something that she
refuses to talk or even think about, something that turned her best friend
Sophie completely against her, something that led her to isolate herself and
basically become a social outcast. Annabel does local modelling and has been in
several commercials and ad campaigns, but she can't seem to reconcile the
happy-looking girl in the ads to her real, lonely, sad self.
after her vicious ex-best friend launches a particularly nasty verbal attack at
her, Annabel ends up in conversation with Owen, a giant of a young man who is
constantly plugged in to his iPod and is known for his anger management issues.
The two develop an unlikely friendship, and Annabel begins to catch Owen's
tendency for radical honesty. Eventually, Annabel has to deal with things that
haunt her, including the painful dynamics of her family, the traumatic event in
her summer, and her seeming inability to hold on to friendships.
enjoyed this book. I felt like it had a heavier subject than some of Dessen's
other novels, yet it wasn't depressing like Dreamland. I'd definitely recommend it to any chick lit