About the book:
Title: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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?
Source: Hannukah present☺️
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Is it just me, or are Sarah Dessen’s books a little bit unmemorable?
I mean, I enjoyed this book and all, but writing this review a week after completing it, I’m having some trouble recalling things about it, which usually doesn’t happen!
Anywho, out of the 4 Dessen books I’ve read so far, this one has to be my second favourite. And yes, that does mean I can barely remember anything about the 3rd and 4th ones.
For a brief synopsis, This Lullaby revolves around a teen girl named Remy. Her mother has had five husbands on and off, so Remy knows what it is that makes a good relationship, and sticks by her rules. When she meets Dexter, she is attracted to him right away, even though he breaks some of her relationship rules. Will she let her gut or her heart win?
Remy was a good character… but I don’t really think she stood out in the sea of contemporary protagonists. She was everything you could possibly predict she’d be- whiny at first until she learns a lesson that changes her, has a good posse of friends… and the list goes on and on. The character development was good, but nothing super significant. And Dexter was just unmemorable, I’m sorry. The romance between Remy and Dexter was pretty cute, but unfortunately, that’s all I can really remember.
The only reason why I am giving this 3.5 stars is because of the lesson embedded in it. Not enough YA stories stress this, but I think it’s very important! Anyway, that lesson is that all good things are worth waiting for, and that you just have to let life take its course. And as those good things come, it doesn’t really matter how long they last, as long as you make the best out of them. As Dessen puts it:
“Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there” (This Lullaby 344).
Overall, This Lullaby was a good story with lots of potential, but the characters simply fell flat for me. This good rating is for the morals, and the morals only. Anyway, if you are a fan of coming-of-age romances and don’t mind unmemorable characters, then this book is soon to become a new favourite!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars