This Lullaby

Author: Sarah Dessen
Pages: 345
Publisher: Puffin

Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

My Summary: It's the summer after highschool graduation, and Remy is, once again, planning her mother's wedding. Being the fifth time she's had to do this, Remy can't help but feel a little cynical about the whole thing - after all, in a year or so, she'll be planning another wedding  anyway.  

Which is why Remy doesn't believe in love. Instead, she has a  time-line for relationships, along with a set of rules - one of which being that she has to give each boyfriend 'the talk', telling him their relationship is about nothing but having fun for her. Each boyfriend Remy's ever had has been given the talk .... except Dexter, the cute and clumsy musician who's determined to make their relationship last. But will Remy be willing to change and take the risk?

My Thoughts: This is my first Sarah Dessen novel, and I gotta say, I'm impressed. Based on what I'd heard about Sarah Dessen's books from other people, I thought this book was going to be all fluff and not have a lot of deep, emotional meaning. But, as always, I was wrong.

In This Lullaby, Remy is not the usual protagonist - she's a little OCD, has daddy issues, and resents her mom for all the turbulence in their lives. She's also a little cold, never letting anyone in. Throughout the novel we see this change as Remy begins to open up to the clumsy, messy musician who crashed into her life and never left. I loved Dexter, and the way he helps Remy realize that everyone can find love is amazing (even though I wished he'd tried a bit harder to hold on when Remy started pulling away).

Final Thoughts: I recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary literature (YA), but be advised that there is some drinking throughout, along with a few mentions of sexual encounters (nothing graphic, it's just mentioned in passing). I'll definitely be looking out for more from Sarah Dessen!


  1. I have also been hearing some great things about Sarah Dessen lately. I haven't read any of her work yet but I plan to soon! This books souds like it might be a nice place to start - wonderful review by the way!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  2. Congratulation Sarah!


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