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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (24 July 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340989025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340989029
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I'd sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it's just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it's hard not to do it all the time."The books I read when I was teenager, the good ones anyway, have stuck more in my mind than anything since. I still love books, but while I couldn't tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them: I think it's the best thing to which any writer can aspire. "As far as my other life, my non-writing life, I live in the country with my husband, some lizards, and two dogs who are completely spoiled and rule me completely. I like to work in my garden---although I have not yet perfected the art of keeping everything alive----and, in my weaker moments, shop. I have a bit of an addiction to the Gap clearance rack, to be honest. I have this strange need to buy huge quantities of black pants. How many pairs of black pants does one person need? (Obviously for me, the answer is 11 and counting. But I digress.) What else can I tell you? I love Starbucks mochas but they make me way hyper. I subscribe to too many magazines. I make a mean bean salad. I could go on, but the truth is, my books are much more exciting than I am, and that's a good thing. It's always more fun to make stuff up anyway."

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Remy's voice rings true with realistic dialogue and emotional traumas. Insightful writing, distinctive characters, and a contemporary scene where sex and music rule, compose a melody worth reading. (Kirkus Reviews)

This modern-day romance narrated by a cynical heroine offers a balance of wickedly funny moments and universal teen traumas. (Publisher's Weekly)

...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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Love is a sham. At least that's what Remy thinks. Until Dexter comes crashing into her life... Can he change her mind?

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By FlubberFace on 19 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen, is probably one of the most complicated but interesting and funny books that I've ever read--with all of those three things effecting themselves upon the reader at the same time.

Remy, 18, is just out of high school and running between summer boyfriends throughout the summer before she goes to Stanford. All her life, Remy has been watching their mother go through five husbands faster than you'd imagine, and the more Remy grows up, the more she realizes that she doesn't--can't--believe in love, because of watching all of these marriages unwind and fall hard, until her mother yet again finds a new man. The only kind of relationship that Remy's ever believed in is the temporary kind, which somehow makes her the tough one of her friends, amongst other reasons. She always assumes that things will end--until she meets Dexter. Just by looking at him Remy knows that he breaks a million of her "Guy Rules": He's in a band, hyper and over-excited, clumsy, the list goes on and on. But the more she bumps into him, the more Remy realizes that she's attracted to Dexter and thus, she becomes his girlfriend.

This book isn't as mushy as you might think it would be. All sorts of different emotions can go through your head at once: You can feel like crying for Remy when she gets invited to her brother, Chris's girlfriend's house, Jennifer Anne, to have dinner with them and something goes terribly wrong, be surprised--almost shocked--shocked--at the way Remy's new step-father, Don, reacts when he's locked out of the house one day, or laugh out loud by Dexter's hysterical comments. All in all, this book will take you to another world that you've never been to before: Remy's world.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarahthepigeon on 12 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
Have you ever read one of those books that keeps you up all night thinking about it and when you finally do get to sleep you dream about it? If not, THEN WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! It's time for you to experience that feeling by reading 'This Lullaby.'
The narrator, a cynical girl called Remy, tells of her time after she finishes school and before she starts college. In this time she meets a boy, Dexter, who's everything she hates- messy, disorganised, impulsive and worst of all a musician, like her absent father. Remy swore she'd never have anything to do with a musician, after her father wrote her a song, 'This Lullaby', on the day she was born, before dying. She even hates love itself, thanks to her mother's four marriages. But she's finding it difficult to keep on thinking like this with Dexter around...
This modern book is full of love, life worries and traumas. A MUST-READ, especially for teenage girls. One of those amazing books that stick in your mind long after you've finished them...!
Utterly brilliant! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "alixrebecca" on 31 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
1 word.. fabulous
this book is a must read.. its the kind of book which captures your imagination and its the kind of book you can read hundreds of times over and over again and find new depths to it.
its also simply a lovely story about a girl who doesn't believe in love and when she finds the one who changes her mind, she knows shes changing and shes scared..
after reading this book i am interested in reading more of sarah dessens work.. if this book is to go by, im sure they will be a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Moretti on 12 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
On a school trip, I noticed one of my friends reading this book and asked if I could see it. After a few pages, I couldn't put it down and finished the book in only a few sittings. 'This Lullaby' follows Remy Starr, a romantically cynical recent high school graduate, in the summer before she goes to college. The eclectic cast of characters is not only entertaining, but realistic. Remy struggles with her past actions and experiences with love as she meets a boy who breaks all of her 'rules' of dating--rules that protect her emotions. What I found most interesting in the book was Remy discussing the behaviors she hates herself for. I highly recommend this book to young adults--it's extremely realistic, romantic, witty, and entertaining.
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