This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen Review

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 |

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? -Goodreads

I was, as usual, impressed by another Dessen book. I've actually read This Lullaby before, but it had been so long that I'd completely forgotten the storyline. I'm trying to complete the Sarah Dessen challenge by the end of this year, and now I'm finally making some progress! I'm glad that I did...

Can we start with the not-so-good first? This way I can end on a high note...I found it difficult at times to connect with Remy, mostly because I make a point not to put myself in the same situations she does or make the decisions she makes. Also, has anyone else noticed the trend found in several of Sarah's novels- that there is minimal parental supervision? This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but in some situations I just kind of do an 'uhh...wouldn't my parents be wondering where I was if I didn't come home at night?' In that respect, I didn't find some aspects very realistic, not to say that some parents do let their kids have a lot of freedom. That's just me.

On the other hand (and this hand definitely bests the other), I can't help becoming immersed in Sarah's writing. Like I've said before, she has a knack for dialouge. And the conversations in this book were funny. The kind of funny that you find yourself reliving at the dinner table and accidently snort your drink through your nose. Hate Spinnerbait!

Have I ever mentioned that I adore Sarah Dessen's secondary characters? I believe that they truly make the books. I can remember them as clearly as the lead characters. Not to mention they can be hysterical. :)

If you haven't read Sarah's books, you're missing out. Big time. (By the way, Dexter= Sa-wooon)

Rating: 8.5/10


Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Nice review! This Lullaby is actually one of my all time favorite reads. I've found a lot of people say it was hard to connect with Remy, but my high school self completely understood her. I was kind of an ahem sometimes....But yea, love this book and Hate Spinnerbait!


Rachel said...

I love all her books. They all seem to have a girl in some kind of social awkwardness or problematic life who solves her problems while finding her prince charming. Hate Spinnerbait!

Mollie said...

This Lullaby is up there on my Dessen favorites, but The Truth About Forever is by far my favorite of all her books!

Anonymous said...

Haha, totally agree with everything you said! Great review :)

'Hate Spinnerbait' made me laugh; I loved the band.

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