Saturday, July 11, 2009

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This was the first Sarah Dessen book that I had read. It was what made me want to read more of her books.

Remy doesn't believe in love. And why should she? Her romance novelist mother is working on her fifth marriage, and her father, a '70s hippie singer, left her with only a one-hit wonder song to remember him by. Every time Remy hears "This Lullaby," it feels like "a bruise that never quite healed right." "Wherever you may go / I will let you down / But this lullaby plays on..." Never without a boyfriend, Remy is a compulsive dater, but before a guy can go all "Ken" on her (as in "ultra boyfriend behavior") she cuts him off, without ever getting close or getting hurt. That's why she's stunned when klutzy, quirky, alterna-band boy Dexter inserts himself into her life and refuses to leave. Remy's been accepted to Stanford, and she plans on having her usual summer fling before tying up the loose ends of her pre-college life and heading for the coast. Except Dexter's not following Remy's tried-and-true rules of break-up protocol. And for the first time, Remy's questioning whether or not she wants him to.

At first when I was reading this, I didn't really like it. But, as I kept reading. I grew to love it. Dexter was annoyingly sweet. I wanted to punch him, but at the same time I wanted to jump into the story and give him a hug. This was a very good book. The characters are magical and the story gracefully falls off the page and into your mind.