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?
From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who’s determined to soften her up.
Grade: A // Now you're talking!
I keep hearing people say The Truth About Forever is their favorite Dessen book. Frankly, when people tell me this, they're met with a huge, "HUH????" facial expression and/or gesticulation. How does This Lullaby not trump The Truth About Forever at every single evaluable aspect?!
But I digress. This is another post entirely. (Check back Thursday for it.) Onward we go.
This Lullaby falls under the rejoicible book category. This was the fourth Dessen book I picked up, the one I really got caught in. The plot itself isn't all that mesmerizing, I'll admit. I mean, what's so special about a tough girl with a revolving door of boyfriends and an irresponsible mother? This book is as coming-of-age as they come, meaning unless you care about the characters and how they grow throughout the novel, you won't enjoy it. But I loved Remy, the main character, and I loved how Sarah Dessen handled her, and handled the characters that surrounded her. Which is why I say I'm a character gal.
You know, it's hard to write a tough girl like Remy without making her gratuitously hard-up or just plain narcissistic. Come to think of it, she was one of the few truly tough characters I've come across in all the books I've read. I really thought she was well defined and shaped, and reading the book through her eyes was one hell of a trip. The writing was Sarah Dessen at her best. It was exactly what it needed to be to be to make this novel work--sarcastic, intuitive, confident; but with it all accompanied a certain sadness. Pitch-perfect.
Oh, and for people who have read this book: Hate Spinnerbait. Love Dexter. Yeah, baby!
Would I recommend this novel? Strongly. I challenge anyone to tell me otherwise.