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This Lullaby Paperback – March 8, 2004
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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 the Hardcover edition.
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Then along comes Dexter, who not only breaks her "no musicians" rule (he's in a band that sings - among other things - "The Potato Song"), he's also everything that drives her crazy.
Sarah Dessen's talent for character development shines through in this tale of first love. Her characters are flawed, dysfunctional, and so realistic that reading this book is like visiting with old friends. The topics tackled in This Lullaby are written both believably and in an utterly unique way, so that an old problem - "What do you do when someone doesn't like you back?" - becomes a fresh, new story with an ending that will satisfy both romantics and cynics alike.
I was not disappointed. This book is amazing! It made me laugh out loud in some parts (Dessen has remarkable prose, and just her word choice and descriptions make for a humorous time), gave me butterflies in others, and had me feeling pretty sorry for the characters during certain scenes.
Remy has got the guy thing figured out -- once the first heady, romantic feelings start to fizzle and "cracks" begin to appear in the guy's personality, Remy's out of there. Remy has plenty of experience -- her father left before she was born, leaving her with his sappy one-hit-wonder, "This Lullaby". Not a great gift, considering the lyrics "I will let you down." Plus, Remy's mother, a romance author, is now on her fifth marriage -- "This time it will work, Remy." But Remy doesn't share her mother's hopeful outlook on love.
Then she bumps into Dexter, quite literally. She avoids him as much as she can, but he manages to pop up everywhere, and just where she needs him the most. He's the exact opposite of her usual guy -- messy, clumsy, and, of all things, a musician like her father. She runs away from him until he crashes through her bedroom window, and she finally decides to take a risk with this guy.
They're a couple from then on. But Remy's done this before -- have a fun time with a guy through the summer, move on in September. Remy wants to head to Stanford in the fall leaving nothing messy behind her -- but Dexter might make this hard.
The Dexter/Remy romance is just perfect.Read more ›
Remy's character is very cynical about love, and I really enjoyed seeing her transformation. She had a really cool personality, and sounds like someone who would be my friend but definitely not me. But, the fact that she just kept pushing Dexter away kinda bothered me. I was wondering why she couldn't just see the relationship for what it was, love. I get that she had issues with it because of her mom, but I still couldn't push someone away like that and I have see my fair share of troubles with divorce. And while Dessen's writing was very interesting I didn't find anything really deep about it this time around. Yes, she had family issues, but the goal was really more her resolving them by being in a relationship, not coming out and telling her mom her problems or doing something that stood up against the issues. It was kind of like, well if you are in this relationship with Dexter you won't have family issues anymore. That is a complete lie, in my opinion. It was also really hard for me to understand her issues with her father who died when she was young. He sounded like a jerk, but she was always flip-flopping around on what she thought of him. Of course he is her father and I will admit sometimes I love my dad, but sometimes I hate him. Overall Remy's character was confusing, but entertaining, and I did really love her.Read more ›
By the time she graduates from high school Remy has developed a careful schedual for all relationships she enters in to, and never allows any boy to get close to her heart, convinced that it is better to keep all guys at arms length so that they are unable to hurt her. Then, while planning her mother's fifth wedding, Remy meets Dexter, a boy who has so many qualities she dislikes. Though at first reluctant, Remy is eventually charmed by Dexter, who's shoelaces are always untied, and who insists on challenging people to do things such as eat ten bananas, or name more states than him before a specific lady is through picking up her dry-cleaning. Remy still believes that love is foolish, but Dexter helps her to learn otherwise.
As I said, the plot sounds quite cliche. However, it's a lot more complicated than all that, the writing is superb, the dialouge is at times very witty and entertaining, and this is an all around enjoyable book. I was completely engrossed, and reluctant to put it down even when I was in desperate need of something to eat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Sarah Dessen book, and it got me compleatly hooked! Such a good read. I read the rest and came back to read it again as an adult. Still great!Published 1 month ago by luvb
Once again I find myself pondering my rating for a Sarah Dessen book. On the one hand, I didn’t care for Remy at all. On the other hand, I’m not convinced I was supposed to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angie Elle
This Lullaby, like all of Sarah Dessen’s books, is well-written, often funny, and populated with nicely developed characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jolie N
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen was such a great book. It was published back in 2004 before we had the “New Adult Fiction” book category and I think that is exactly where this book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good, but only because I am a big Sarah Dessen fan. I thought Remy was a selfish hateful person and not likable at all but Dexter was so adorable he made the book worth reading. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frances Joyner
This book was truly amazing!! I loved the relationship that Dexter and Remy have! This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put the book down! Read morePublished 7 months ago by ashley szyper
Hmm, I wanted to like this book. I loved Truth About Forever and Just Listen. I am looking for the same type of "magic," that I found in those books in her other works and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alaskachick