Thursday, May 11, 2017

#ReadaDessen + Giveaway: JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen

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.

As all of us Sarah Dessen readers are preparing for her newest novel thats coming out on June 6th, we're teleporting back to revisit some of our favorite stories! 

JUST LISTEN came out just before I graduating high school back in 2006 (oh my - not sure if I should admit that lol), and it has me wanting to listen to a few of my favorite hits that were released that year.

Here's were some of my favorite songs I listened to back in 2006:

  • SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
  • So Sick by Neyo
  • Move Along by All American Rejects
  • Stickwityou by Pussycat Dolls
  • Show Stopper by Danity Kane
  • Too Little Too Late by Jojo
  • My Love by Justin Timberlake
I could definitely go on with that list... but as I'm bringing back the memories, it's making me realize how long ago 2006 was! 

What were some of your favorite songs that were release back in 2006?

If you're a fan, then you might've heard about her NEW BOOK called Once and For All coming out June 6th! This release will make it the 13th book she's written (wowzers!!).  To celebrate, I partnered with Penguin for an AMAZING giveaway for one lucky winner to win a set of her books in paperback!!

Make sure to enter the giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Sarah Dessen’s books in paperback (ARV: $132.00).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 17, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

May 8 – YA Bibliophile
May 9 – Xingsings
May 10 – Paper Trail YA
May 11 – Dazzled by Books
May 11 – Oh the Book Feels
May 12 – Dark Faerie Tales

May 8 – Bookmark Lit
May 8 – Dazzled by Books
May 10 – Peace Love Books
May 10 – Paper Trail YA
May 11 – Arctic Books
May 10 – Live Love Read
May 12 – Reader’s Candy


  1. Ah, I love these throwback songs! Not gonna lie, JT is still one of my favorite singers and SexyBack is still one of my go-to jam songs!

  2. I haven't read Sarah's books yet, but I'm seeing some great posts about them, and would love to! Thanks for hosting. :)