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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 )<br /><br />'This modern-day romance narrated by a cynical heroine offers a balance of wickedly funny moments and universal teen traumas.' (Publisher's Weekly )<br /><br />' ...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 ) --School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love is a sham. At least that's what Remy thinks. Until Dexter comes crashing into her life... Can he change her mind?See all Product description
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I could related to Remy more than the other protagonists of Dessen novels so that was probably why I enjoyed it more, also Remy was more grown up and different to the protagonists Dessen normally writes.
Remy plans her moms weddings for her which there are a lot of them. Her father abandoned her when she was a baby and her mother goes through husbands like they are nothing so Remy doesn't believe in love.
When her brother Chris falls in love Remy feels betrayed by him and also hates how he is changing.
Remy was bitchy but she cared for her friends making her a rounded character.
When she meets Dexter he wants to change her mind on love.
Dexter was such a sweetheart. A truly nice guy who is also a musician, he never gives up and can be a funny guy.
This was the most entertaining novel of Dessen's and therefore it gets five stars.
Remy has suffered many blows in life, romantically, emotionally and in her home life too. She has taken all her rules from her mother - whos on husband number 5. She has lived her life through rules and regulations. Then she meets Dexter, a musician, so he's definately off the list - or so it seems, Remy just can't seem to dump him. Although Dexter knows her better than she thinks, he is quite a bubbly chap and loves a good laugh as much as Remy does.
Then Remy tells her friend that Dexter is just a 'summer guy' and one for the holidays. Although she has had more boyfriends than many of us has had socks, she doesn't really understand the concept of love. She thinks that a relationship can last only for a maximum of a couple of months. But when Dexter overhears the comment and dumps her, Remy feels something. She is never the dumpee. So, what will happen when Dexter tells her she's dumped but insists that they are still to be friends? Will she still go round his house? Or will she cut that moose loose and move onto another guy? But even she knows that Dexter is one-of-a-kind, and that moose won't let go.
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.
Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
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