Owen is definitely the most physically intimidating of the Dessen boys. He is described as “tall (6’4”) and muscular, with broad shoulders and thick biceps. And he always wore boots with thick rubber soles that made him seem even bigger, his steps heavier.” He is insanely passionate about music and is never seen without his iPod and earphones. He’s had problems in the past with expressing his anger without punching guys in the face and, as a result, he’s gone to Anger Management therapy. There he learned to never hold anything in and always be honest. To me, his honesty is more intimidating than his appearance, although I wouldn’t want him to be anything other than honest. Ever. He wears a ring on each middle finger; one’s inscribed with “Go f*ck yourself.” and the other with “Or not.” which I totally want for myself, haha! Underneath all this toughness, Owen is incredibly caring, thoughtful, and sweet. Gotta love him!
Favorite Owen scene (or one of…):
Before I could answer, there was a bang of cymbals, followed by fizzing noise. Call it reflex, or self-preservation, or just common sense, but I couldn’t help myself: I pressed my palms over my ears.
Owen’s eyes widened, and I realized what I’d done. […]
“You did not,” Owen said finally, his voice low, “just cover your ears. Did you?”
“It was an accident,” I said. “I just–”
“That’s serious.” He reached forward, shaking his head and turned down the CD. “I mean, it’s one thing to listen and respectfully disagree. But to shut it out entirely, and not even give it a chance–”
“I gave it a chance!” I said.
“You call that a chance?” he asked. “That was five seconds.”
“It was long enough to form an opinion,” I said.
“I covered my ears, “ I told him. “What do you think?”
He started to say something, then stopped, shaking his head. […] “Melisma,” Owen said after a moment, “is innovative and textured.”
“If by textured you mean unlistenable,” I said quietly, “then I agree.”
“I-Lang!” he said, pointing at me. I shrugged. “I can’t believe you’re saying that! This is the perfect marriage of instruments and technology! It’s unlike anything anyone’s ever done before! It sounds incredible!”
LOL, that’s probably one of the best example of Owen being passionate about music. Love how every sentence ends with an exclamation point.
And here’s a quote from this book that’s always stayed with me:
“There comes a time when the world gets quiet 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.”
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