5655218This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 27, 2002
Publisher: Speak
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star (3.5)
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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


After the period where all I read was Sarah Dessen I had to take a break. From the fact the books started to run together and that  I needed to mix it up. The joys of being a mood reader is that this happens. The good news is that I’m three books away from having read all of them, much to the joy of my friend Sarah who has to deal with me in bookstores yelling about the fact the covers of Dessen’s books never match (Hi Sarah! Thanks for putting up with me!)

This Lullaby is the comfortable Sarah Dessen that we know, this book takes place in the same setting as her other ones, and deals with problems that everyone faces in their own way. Remy doesn’t believe in love. She has no faith in love, what she has faith in is that A + B = C, the sky is blue and that she has to get out of this town. While no one believed in her, she believed in herself and worked her way out of her small town. At the end of summer she is going to Stanford and will be free of her life and her mother’s failed relationships.

Of course this is easier said than done, Remy has good friends, she’s close to her brother, and as much as she wants to deny it, she’s close with her mother, the woman who Remy believes keeps marrying everyone. Remy actually doesn’t believe in love because of her mother. After the fifth marriage, Remy finds it hard to believe in true love. What Remy doesn’t expect in her last summer at home is Dex. Adorable musician Dex who seems through Remy’s hardass outside shell.

I adored This Lullaby. I though how Dessen wrote that last summer at home before college was perfection, from friendships, to Remy’s natural snark level, I found This Lullaby to be one of my favorites of Dessen’s world.