This is the fourth Sarah Dessen novel I've read. I truly enjoyed it. The last one I read was "Along for the ride". I postponed "Just listen" mainly because of my lack of spare time (the usual). But somehow, I achieved it, I finished it two days ago. First, I want to point out that Sarah's novels usually follow a pattern: a teenage girl undergoes some sort of trouble, usually pertaining to family, and she meets a guy or someone that makes her view things differently. Maybe I'm judging too quickly, "Dreamland" did not exactly follow this pattern. But that's how the story goes in most cases. So now maybe you're asking yourself, if it's the same plot more or less, why bother reading another one of her novels? Well, because each main character is different and the rest of the characters add a lot of richness to the story.  

I recommend this novel, it transmits a message about the importance of honesty.I think most young girls would find it interesting. This is the plot summary: 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. 

To close up, I'd just like to share one of my favorite quotes: 

"There comes a time when the world gets quite and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying."

P.S. Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just listen

I can't believe it's October already. 11 weeks 'til Christmas. This year has flown by! Yet again, I tend to say that every year. I guess most people nowadays feel like times passes by quickly. So many tasks to get done and 24 hours are sometimes not enough. Anyhow, the season is changing. Spring is slowly arriving (hopefully), we had a sunny day in Lima yesterday. It's crazy how just a bit of sunlight can change my mood completely. And I'll be needing those uplifts since midterms start on Wednesdays. 

I miss the fall spirit of this time of year. Although when I was living back in Miami, October was still pretty hot, just going into the stores and seeing all the decorations already put up gave it a different feel. Among my favorites were the halloween cookies, the autumn-scented candles, having a chance to wear cardigans and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner. Here...well things are distinct. But I'll go back someday, it's already in my bucket list. 

Wrapping this up, I'll be moving soon, hopefully by the end of this month or at the beginning of November. I know I haven't updated that often, but I'll try my best to publish a post dedicated to all the decorations of my new room. Stay put! 

*The Starbucks photo was taken by me and the Halloween collage was found on 
**The title is part of the song "White Balloons" by Sick Puppies

Monday, October 7, 2013

The changes in me are likely to be like the weather

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