|As per usual. Another Sarah Dessen book that lifted up my mood. Although it was a light book, it still held an important message. I loved the fact that Annabelle had the issue of, not lying, but being nice. And how Owen sort of affected her in a way that made her aware of every single white lie she told. I mean, this is something that we constantly face. Lying to someone as a way of not being rude, but then Owen shows her that the lie itself is much worse than the offensive comment she’s saying. Loved the character development. What I noticed is that I always crave more romance in Sarah’s books. I mean, the swoon-worthy scenes are there, but they’re never enough. The love story is always ordinary, nothing special.
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.