#95- This Lullaby
After re-reading the Sarah Dessen book The Truth About Forever earlier this week I was inspired to re-read all of her other books on the list (she has four on the list, and several others that I think should be on there... not the point though) so I chose this one and read it all in one night, thats my favorite part about her books, they are typically between 200-300 pages and a really easy read.
This Lullaby is about a girl named Remy, her three best friends; Chloe, Lissa, and Jess, and the adventures that they have the summer after graduation. Remy likes to call this period, the in-between period, and the goal of this period is to have as much fun as possible, while having no boyfriend to tie her down. She sets out on the day of graduation to end things with her short-term boyfriend. She figures that since school is starting in the fall and she will be moving to CA to go to Stanford anyways that she might as well have her fun during this summer. As she goes to break up with him, she finds out that he had been cheating on her. Not a huge surprise since Remy doesnt really believe in love anyways. Her mother, world famous romance novelist Barbara Starr, was already divorced from her father by the time she was pregnant. Her father was a musician, who on the day of her birth, wrote his one hit wonder, 'This Lullaby'. He died two years later, leaving Remy with only bitter feelings and the song that became his namesake.
As with all Sarah Dessen books (which i'm totally a sucker for) the main character is likely to change her ways when a mysterious stranger shows up for the summer and wants to know the girl behind the facade. This novel, Remy meets a boy named Dexter, he is clumsy, gangly, and lead singer of a band. Someone that Remy would never go for, he doesnt follow her six week date and dump script. But Dexter is relentless, and he makes this one summer that Remy and her friends are sure to remember forever.
I wouldn't say that this is my favorite of all of the Dessen books, I dont personally connect with the character as much as others and because of this while it was a great story, I didnt feel moved or affected when it was over. Just a nice distraction and a good read. That being said, its still totally worth reading and I would suggest it to anyone who feels like a bit of romantic reading with a side of alcohol and band groupies.
“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.”