- Publisher: SPEAK
- Format: Paperback | 345 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 30mm | 272g
- Publication date: 3 August 2004
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0142501557
- ISBN 13: 9780142501559
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 25,063
A "New York Times" bestseller She's got it all figured out. Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remy's got a whole set of rules. Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician. But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules don't seem to apply anymore. Could it be that she's starting to understand what all those love songs are about? "Remy and Dexter jump off the pages into the hearts of readers, who will wish for a romance like this of their own." --"Booklist" Also by Sarah Dessen: "Along for the Ride" "Dreamland" "Just Listen" "Keeping the Moon" "Lock and Key" "The Moon and More" "Someone Like You" "That Summer" "The Truth About Forever" "What Happened to Goodbye"
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Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.
By TeensReadToo 02 Oct 2010
Sarah Dessen's THIS LULLABY is one of the best teen books I've ever read. It's the story of Remy, a girl who has no faith in love. Part of this is because her own father never even saw her, only wrote a now-famous song, called "This Lullaby," about her before he died. It certainly doesn't help that her mother has been married four times, and, at the beginning of the novel, is about to have her fifth wedding. Remy says about her mother's marriages, "She takes on husbands the way other people change their hair color: out of boredom, listlessness, or just feeling that this next one will fix everything, once and for all."
Remy likes to feel in control of things when she's got a boyfriend. She knows all about getting into relationships, the first romantic rush, and ending them before there's any emotional attachment. She's almost always the one to dump guys, not the other way around. She's got plenty of practice at it, too.
One day, at the car dealership owned by her mother's next husband, she meets a guy named Dexter. He's very determined to get to know Remy, and, at first, she thinks he's ridiculous and ignores him. Dexter, however, is persistent. When the two finally get together, everyone is shocked that Remy's staying in the relationship. Dexter is so many things Remy could never put up with. He's messy and impulsive, but, most of all, he's a musician. Until Dexter came along, Remy had a "no musician" rule, and now she's broken it.
Signs point to Remy ending this relationship and not looking back. Everyone thinks that's what will happen. Everyone except Dexter, who wants it to be more than a summer thing, who has faith in their relationship. How will it all end?
This is an amazing young adult book by a brilliant author. Sarah Dessen, author of several other books including THAT SUMMER and SOMEONE LIKE YOU, does an awesome job of keeping the reader's attention throughout THIS LULLABY. She does it with her original story, told in Remy's unique voice. It doesn't hurt that Sarah Dessen is great at creating fresh, original, believable characters. Thoughtful and powerful, this book also has its moments that will make readers laugh, which is a nice change of pace in the story. Every aspect of this novel surpasses expectations.
*Gold Star Award Winner!
Will keep teens up reading. ("Publishers Weekly", starred review) With Dessen's sympathy, accuracy, and genuine respect for characters and readers, this novel is sure to become another favorite. ("VOYA") A winning story about coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed. ("School Library Journal")