After dinner with the boys, we went over to Barnes and Noble so I could score a copy of the long-waited Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (writergrl). I rushed up the escalator to the teen section, only to find copies of Sarah books I already had. WHAT??? I searched frantically for a special display, I looked at the “new release” tables (found and picked up a copy of Mari Mancusi’s starrgirl7 Boys That Bite), but no Just Listen.

I was beginning to think the Just Listen gods were against me. First, my pre-order from was MIA, and now, one of the biggest B&N stores in the city didn’t stock it?

I went down the the information desk. Waited somewhat patiently for the CSR to finish on the phone. Then I asked him. He typed in two or three letters before he said “let’s go to the warehouse.”


The warehouse is located in the back of the store. “We have a whole display in back, but no one put it out yet.”


Mind you, it was like 8:30pm or so. The book had been on sale officially since midnight. That’s like 20 hours!!!!! Surely enough time to move out one measley display, right? Sure enough, when he punched in a bunch of numbers on a fancy keypad, I could see a glimpse of the Just Listen display in the back room. He didn’t bring out the display, though. He went back there, grabbed me one copy of the book, and then locked the door behind him.


I wanted to yell and scream and basically freak out as to WHY this lovely author’s new book was hidden in the back room, when it should be prominently displayed for ALL TO PERUSE!!! Except, I was too happy to have my own copy, so I decided not to disturb the peace.

But sheesh. I wonder how many disappointed folks came in to grab a copy of Just Listen, didn’t bother to ask customer service, and walked out empty-handed today?

I’m going to be in that area tomorrow. I should go and check to see if they move the display out or not. *grumble grumble*

In the meantime, I picked up the How to Deal DVD (oh my, Trent Ford yummy yummy yummy) and the paper back of The Truth About Forever. I am Sarah stocked now. :D

It’s time for me to start reading. :)

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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