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Author Sarah Dessen's ability to write novels that are both crowd pleasers and literary masterpieces of YA fiction is showcased beautifully in This Lullaby. Subtle yet completely absorbing, Lullaby is peopled with breathtakingly believable, three-dimensional characters, the very best of which is the bitter, broken Remy herself. An original love story about learning to love yourself first. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0030CHFXA
- Publisher : Speak; Reprint edition (March 8, 2004)
- Publication date : March 8, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 1807 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 371 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #303,177 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This Lullaby read more New Adult than Young Adult. The characters seemed older than 18 with their fake IDs and long history of partying. That being said, I enjoyed it. I eagerly read the whole thing, desperate to find out what would happen between Dexter and Remy.
Dexter was a swoon-worthy lead (although he's no Wes...). He was so sweet with his dog Monkey and I liked that he was part of a band, thus challenging Remy's rule to never date a musician. But I would've liked a little more depth from him. Why did he drop out of Business School? Why is he so passionate about music?
But my biggest pet peeve with this story was Remy's voice...it was so negative and cynical, which was okay at first, but got really irritating by the end. I would've loved more growth from her as a character.
Overall, this was a different sort of contemporary YA novel, not so much a romance as a story about a girl learning to open her heart up to love after watching her mother struggle through four failed marriages.
A few bad points, spoilers may follow. I had a really hard time liking Remy. The smoking, the drinking, the sex, the swearing. She was just a "rougher" character then some of her other female leads. I get that she was trying to change and turning over a new leaf, etc, but those changes didn't make her likable. She was still kind of bitchy. I think that was sort of the point, because she says at one time it was something she was proud of. But apart from her mother's many marriages, and something that happened in her past, I didn't feel like I got a good enough reason why she was proud of being a bitch? Why would anyone want to be known for being mean? I guess that concept is just foreign to me.
I felt like I wanted more. When the book teetered on giving me what I wanted it would continually fall short. Instead of pivotal moments being narrated and two people interacting and exchanging words that meant something, those moments were assumed and faded to black. I wanted her to dive into those conversations between two people and have them actually tell the truth. Like it was always on the surface of something great, but never went deeper under the surface. And when two characters went under the surface it was a small blip on the map then they were right back to the surface.
The main character just wasn't very self-aware.
While waiting for Don, her soon-to-be fifth step-father to discuss wedding plans she (literally) runs into Dexter. Who is everything she's not looking for in a boyfriend. But he's persistent (and I love persistence in my books) and eventually she warms up to him. Everything after that would be a spoiler :).
I love this book. If it wasn't obvious already. I love how strong the characters were, their personalities were strong and while you were reading Remy's mom's novel, it felt like Remy was in the room reading it with you. The plot was strong and it had a lot of unexpected turns. I didn't feel like there was enough scenes with Remy's mom, but I did love the times where there were scenes of her mom. I loved how adorable Dexter's character was. He wasn't perfect or swoon worthy but I loved how sweet he was to Remy all the time even when she obviously made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him. And it made me kind of mad how mean she was to him but I loved how he just kept coming back. I loved the panic in Remy as soon as she started to notice the change and I loved the girl talks between her and her friends.
If you haven't already read this book, I highly suggest you do!
Top reviews from other countries
It's hard to connect to a scene or character emotionally when it feels like you are looking through a lens.
Still, he was the best of the lot.
Remy and her friends acted like a cynical bunch of much older women, how did a group of 17 year olds get so jaded? All the interaction between them had a Sex the City vibe, it didn't feel right and I don't think it worked.
The Truth About Forever is up there amongst some of the best I have read, this falls way short.
I did enjoy it. I'll be picking up another Dessen book! What should I read?
"Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn't make you strong. if anything, it makes you weaker. Because you're doing it out of fear."
This story line doesnt progress. The way the main character thinks is stagnated and pointless. The book doesnt flow but i appreciate what the writer is trying to achieve.