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They were compelling and understandable and their relationships with each other felt real. Dexter as the main male lead was extremely likable. Remy appeared a little harder to understand and appreciate. For her 18 years of age she was awfully negative and cynical and I found it very hard at times to remain in her head, because it seemed to me she never took any pleasure in anything, even in her short relationship with Dexter. Maybe I would have understood her better if her personality was explored more thoroughly: Why exactly was she so angry with her father, after all, he never did her any harm, he died when she was just a toddler?

What made her clean up her act and abandon her promiscuous life style and drug use? Why, with all her disillusionment in love, did she keep having these 2-months romances? What exactly did she want from these relationships? I also wanted to know more about Remy's friends, especially about always in a background Jess, and about Chloe, who was as cynical as Remy, but what was her reason?

And lastly, these 4 girls seemed strangely too mature and jaded for their age. Throughout the book I kept thinking that if you take the words "high school graduation" and "college" out of the story, you basically get on your hands a group of "Sex and the City" girls. Reading challenge: View all 58 comments. Shelves: physically-owned-books , contemporary , young-adult , reality-bites , easy-read , auto-buy-authors , love-love-love.

To truly live life is to always make risks. But to a cynic, everything has measures, standards and requirements. Things have always to be in control because a step to an unknown direction will lose the balance that one keeps or at least hopes to maintain. To Remy, the main character in the story, her lack of faith in relationships and love is reasonably based on her own personal experiences, on what she has witnessed all thro To truly live life is to always make risks. To Remy, the main character in the story, her lack of faith in relationships and love is reasonably based on her own personal experiences, on what she has witnessed all through her life.

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Who can really blame her when her own father left her with nothing except a song and with all the marriages and re-marriages she has personally planned and arranged for her mom? But at some point, a straight road has to reach a curve and so does Remy when her path crosses with that of the imperfect, awkward, easy-going, positive-thinking Dexter. This is my third book by Ms. But what made me appreciate this particular novel more than the others is the characterization which usually is the main thing that captures me in a story.

Love yah, girly! View all 25 comments. Apr 14, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: music. This is exactly what I expected and wanted from Sarah Dessen: a profound, but not too heavy, relationship-focused contemporary book. Or so you might think. Until she meets that special someone who makes her see things differently.

Admit it, this seems like a very familiar storyline.

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But still I decided to read this book nonetheless, because I trust Sarah Dessen to write engaging and meaningful stories, whatever the themes are. And I was right to trust her. Even Dexter takes time to warm up to her. Luckily, Remy has her friends, who support her in her decision to keep things between her and guys light.

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The great thing about this young woman is that she is an authentic person. She is strong, intelligent and determined, but she also has her weaknesses that sometimes keep her from looking at the bright side of things. Her pessimistic view of love keeps her from experiencing the wonders of it. View 2 comments. Jul 07, emma rated it liked it Shelves: owned , reviewed , ya , contemporary , reread , 3-and-a-half-stars. View all 8 comments.


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May 12, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: trt-posted-reviews , trt-gold-star-award-winner , read-personally-by-moi. 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. 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.

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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.

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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. She does it with her original story, told in Remy's unique voice.

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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. View all 5 comments. Apr 27, Isamlq rated it really liked it. And to be honest? I loved it! From being an anything goes party girl to an almost sort of anal retentive perfectionist who requires everything in place and everything pegged. Yet, they just click.

Until her quirks get in the way, she just over thought everything! One would think that it was Dexter that got me to change my mind, but nope.. Her hard-ass-ness was not all there was to her. Dexter really got her and I loved that! She really was a softy, even if she tended to overreact and sometimes overanalyze things.

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And yeah, Dexter did in fact play a role in my becoming a Dessen fan. I do hope her other stories live up to how good This Lullaby is. View all 13 comments. Aug 16, Patricia rated it it was ok. I found the main character to be completely unsympathetic and I could not relate to her or with her to save my life. I just couldn't really get into it.

Especially towards the end, when she flipped out on Dexter over the whole picture incident. I wanted to rip out my hair, throw my book against a wall and throw her over a bridge all at the same time.. And then her slutty friend don't remember her name told her not to even apologize to Dexter? Yeah, that enraged me. Also it was annoying and got old how she would always think to herself and wonder why she felt a pang in her chest or a tug in her heart when she was dating that retarted frat boy and then would run into Dexter.

I don't know the book, to me, was a hell of a lot more annoying than it was entertaining. I will say that the ending was perfect and I enjoyed it but..