Thursday, August 4, 2011

Follow Friday #15

Alright! Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read and is a way for book bloggers to get to know each other better. Just go to their pages and follow the directions, and you'll be making some new friends!

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?). 

Over the years I've had a falling out here and there with some friends. One time though (several years ago), it was entirely my fault for my reaction to something. I shouldn't have opened my mouth and said what I said. Even though it was true, that person didn't deserve my opinion being thrown on them like that. My reaction was not kind, and I was unwilling to accept my role in the way things were prior to the argument. So, we ended up not talking for a long time.

Then I was reading the book Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and realized that I was just like Annabel was with her friend Clarke. The one part near the end where they're talking about what went wrong between the two of them, Clarke basically says that Annabel didn't try to mend things with her. She only spoke to her once, then never again. I ended up taking that to heart, if I don't TRY to mend the fence, I'm not a nice person. About 9 months later I went up to her at a wedding reception we were both invited to and made small talk, then dragged her out on the dance floor with me for a silly song. After that, I apologized for being a jerk. We're not best friends or anything now, but we don't not talk to each other. And that makes me feel good about myself.


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  1. I haven't read this book... I'll have to check it out! =D

    New Follower!

  2. Just Listen is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books and I think that is the deepest answer I've read all night. I might reread that book this weekend. Thanks!

  3. Old follower here! I *loved* Just Listen too, such a fantastic book. It's my only Sarah Dessen book -- I really should try more of her books!

    (My #FF post if you are interested:

  4. New follower :) I'll have to check that one out, thank you!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

  5. love your answer :) just proves how reading is such a part of our lives. hopping through!

    New follower here!
    my FF:

  6. Aww, that's an awesome story! :) It always makes me so happy when people say that a book has inspired them to overcome a problem before -- I'm definitely one of those people!

    Great pick for answer! I've only read two Sarah Dessen books so far, but I'm planning on reading many more soon! :)

  7. I kind of understand where your coming from. When you say you haven't spoken to her for a long time.
    Sometimes there's far too much water under the bridge. Sometimes it's best to let it go and move on. It is nice that you did patch things up with her though ^_^.

  8. I haven't had the chance to read any of Sarah Dessen's books. However, I have heard great things and I have a few on my wishlist now! :)

    Here is my FF: Pawing Through Books

  9. WOW! That is amazing that Just Listen had that much of an impact on you! =) Glad that you were able to mend fences with your friend!!

    New follower! =)

  10. Now I feel even worse for not liking it. :(
    Hey, maybe this will make up for it. I've nominated you for an award. Check out my blog.

  11. I really like Just Listen! although it's not my favorite by SD (that would be This Lullaby) but I really liked that aspect of it, that at the end Clarke and Annabel made up, I've always liked Clarke.

    I also loved Owen's little sister!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    New follower (:
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Thank you all for your comments! ^_^

  13. Hopping through. I just got Just Listen from the library! So excited to read it.
    My Hop

  14. Awesome story. Just Listen is my favorite Sarah Dessen. All her books are awesome of course, but I just love that one more for some reason. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Old follower, hopping through! I haven't had the honor of reading a Sarah Dessen novel yet but I've heard great things about her. Happy Friday :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  16. I haven't read any Sarah Dessen books yet, but there are 4 on my shelf, and I think Just Listen is one of them. I can't wait to start them!
    - New Follower hopping through :)

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm


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