Thursday, January 17, 2008

Top 10 List

Annabel Greene is the main character in “Just Listen”.  She is the type of girl who seems like she has everything, the perfect life.  But in reality she is that girl that no longer has anything.  She is an actress in commercials that makes her look like she has the perfect life, prom queen, dating the captain of the football team.  Her life now has fallen apart because of one of her old friends who assumed something with out knowing the truth.  She told the whole school and now everyone sees her as a “back stabber”.


            Owen Armstrong is another character from “Just Listen”.  He is the guy that everyone is scared of.  No one ever talks to him because of that.  He is obsessed with music and is always determined to tell the truth, no matter what the consequences are. He has his own radio station.  He believes that everyone deserves a chance no matter who they are.


            Sophie is another character from “Just Listen”.  She is that character that “ruined” Annabel’s life.  She is the girl that rules the school.  Everyone cares what she thinks of him or her.  Ever since the fight happened between Sophie and Annabel, she has been known as the ruler of the school, while Annabel has been given the name of the “back Stabber” by Sophie herself.


            The conflict in the interesting story “Just Listen” is that Sophie assumed something without knowing the truth.  She ruined that year of school for Annabel and also took away the only two real friends she had.  Annabel feels like she needs to get her back in a way that gives her the same feeling she got when Sophie did the same to her.


            There is a very strong message in the story “Just Listen”.  The message is for ones not to assume.  In the story, Sophie ruined Annabel’s year of school by assuming something that was never true.  She never had proof that it happened.  Friends should trust friends no matter how hard it is too.  If they’re lying he or she, are not a true friend.


            The plot of the very interesting story “ Just Listen” is almost like any day for a typical teenager.  The plot is the school, the home, the job, and any hang out place for Annabel.  The story is one that could really happen in life. The plot is any place you would see a typical teenage girl at. 


            Another character from “Just Listen” is Clarke.  She was Annabel’s best friend before Sophie came along. They were best friends forever.  She is the kind of girl who really cares what others think of them.  She was also very afraid of breaking the rules. She thought that obeying what every one said was the right thing to do.


            The theme of “Just Listen” is very interesting.  The theme of the story is a girl who from the out side looks like she has everything, but on the outside, she is way different. She is ruined inside.  It’s about a girl trying to recreate her life after an event happened that ruined her reputation at school and also made her lose all her friends.


            Rolly is another character from “Just Listen”.  He is Owens best friend and also works with him at Owens radio station.  He feels he is in love with Clarke, but no one knows it.  He fell in love with her when she punched him at a karate showing.  He had never seen her since then.  He is very nice and is very much like Owen.


            Madison is another character from “Just Listen”. She is also Owens younger sister and thinks Annabel is the coolest person ever.  She had seen her commercials, but when Owen became friends with her, it was the best day of her life. She is also very nice, and ha a lot of friends that truly are not friends.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

post B

In Just Listen, Owen and Annabel were getting closer. Mallory was having a little photo shoot fashion show thing. Annabel went to there because owen had forgot his ipod and coat at her house. Owen is absolutely attached to his ipod. When she got there mallory invited her in. Oven and her got a lot closer and when the girls weren't looking they started to kiss. Right them one of the friends walked in. They then went to a car wash. In the middle of the car wash they started kissing and they got their first real kiss together.

post A

prerogative (p.180)- 
barbed (p.191)-

-"she was moving her fingers as if it was her own legs swaying to the music." (p.193) - it uses the word "as"
-"i want celery, like it was a double chocolate chip cookie." (p.203) - it uses the word "like"
-"the reflection was as bright as if it was the head light it selfs." (p.211) -it uses the word "as"

"She was talking to me like the past year had never happened." - this quote shows that even if something bad happens in the past it can be over come if you try.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

post B

So far in the book Just Listen, Annabel has become really good friends with Owen Armstrong. Everyone look at them weird because Annabel's the girl that has no friends and same with Owen. He's the guy who punched a guy and went to anger management. They talk all the time during lunch and they always share lunches. Owen has taught Annabel not to lie. They now tell each other everything. Owen is obsessed with music. he even has his own radio station but it plays really weird music that Annabel is honest about and tells him it is very strange music. Annabel is in a fashion show next week and she has to go to the meeting. She sees Owens sister and mom. She was excited to see them. Annabel and her sister Whitney are now better with each other and now they are talking. Her family is also getting better with being around Whitney as well.

post A

-redirect (p.139)-
-reluctantly (p.153)-

-"My finger tips were like little specks of ice." (p.123) - I know its a simile because it uses the word "like".
-"All i wanted was a scoop of ice cream as if it was a fur ball." (p.142) - i know it's a simile because it uses the word "as".
-"I wanted to take a picture of the flower as if it was a white, beautiful snow storm." (p.147) - I know it's a simile because it has the word "as".

-"Just so you know; that's a serious placeholder." (p.139) - In the book they were talking about the word "like". I think it's a meaningful quote because it's about how people use placeholders to say things. Placeholders don't talk about the real word they mean. 

-Telling what you mean is the emerging theme of the book.

post B

 In the book Just Listen, i am at the part where Whitney has to get help for her anorexia. She is now at home with her family instead of in New York where she models. Annabel was talking to Sophie, her x- best friend's boyfriend and she got nervous and had to throw up. She quickly ran away but then bumped into Sophie. She started yelling at her. Then she threw up right in front of Sophie and everyone else. It was really embarrassing for her.  She ran behind the bush and started throwing up even more. The guy, Owen Armstrong, who was alway silent and looked really mean came over to her and started talking to here. She was so surprised. he turned out to be really nice. Annabel didn't have a ride home so he offered her a ride. He told her that he really doesn't like liars. She from then on told herself she would try and not lie to herself or other people

Post A

-prognosis (p.59)- A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease.
-errands (p.82)- A short trip taken to perform a specified task.

-"The CD's were like circles of joy." (p.57) - I know it is a simile because it uses the word "like".
-"It was raining as if dogs and cats were coming own from the sky." (p.76) - I know its a simile because it uses the word "like".
-"He personality was like a blob of nothing." (p.101) - I know its a simile because it uses the word "like".

-"I don't like liars." (p.69) - This quote explains that it's not a good thing to lie and even when your telling the whole story you are still not telling the truth. It also explains that liars are not liked and that when you lie it can into more than what it started out as.

- One emerging theme of the book is when Owen said he does not like liars. He went on for a while about how lying is not a good thing, and no one likes liars.