Once again, a Sarah Dessen book has ended up in my hands. And, once again, it was fantastic. Dessen again succeeded to wow me with her amazing writing. Her characters were very three dimensional and had great development throughout the novel. Her dialogue is the sort of stuff every aspiring writer should study. Basically, Dessen knows how to write really well.
Here's a quick synopsis: Annabel is starting her junior year of high school with no friends and a horrible status with her used-to-be-best-friend. Annabel should confront people about what really happened, but she likes to be "nice" and she hates confrontations, so she holds the truth in. That is the main story line, but of course Dessen has more than one. Annabel's sister Whitney is dealing with an eating disorder, but that sort of thing affects the whole family. Then there's the mess up with Annabel's old friend, Clarke. Throw in Owen, the boy who gets Annabel to think about her past and actually start to change. Add some influential music and an enthusiastic 12 year old, and you get a beautifully written, intense and insightful Dessen novel. I highly recommend this book, but be warned: I rate it PG-16 due to descriptive, slightly disturbing scenes and some swearing.
Sarah Dessen's writing will blow you away.