Title: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
She’s got it all figured out.
Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remy’s got a whole set of rules.
Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician.
But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules don’t seem to apply anymore.
Could it be that she’s starting to understand what all those love songs are about?
I feel like my best Sarah Dessen books are behind me; This Lullaby was enjoyable enough, but it wasn’t my favorite like the earlier books from Dessen that I’ve read.
First, I’m going to focus on Dexter, the love interest. Dexter is quite adorable and such, definitely a nice love interest, but there was something that was a bit off for me: he never left Remy alone. Yes, he was a nice guy and not creepy or anything, but it bugged me that he wouldn’t leave her alone when she made it clear that she didn’t want to be in a relationship with him. If a girl makes it blantantly clear that she doesn’t want to be in a relationship with a boy, then the boy should back off unless she changes her mind (Of course, this can apply with versed genders). I wanted Remy and Dexter to end up together, of course, but I wasn’t a big fan of the seemingly underlying message.
This book had interesting secondary characters, which is always a favorite thing for me in Dessen books. Remy didn’t always catch my attention and she often seems to be overly judgmental of people, but she did have her moments, and the secondary characters worked better for me.
There was one thing that happened at the end of the book that annoyed me, though. I’m going to try to be vague, but there still might be some spoilers up ahead: Dexter shows Remy a picture of something that makes Remy really, really mad, and rather than thanking Dexter for brining it to her attention or just leaving without saying anything to him, she automatically assumes that he knew what the picture was about and that he showed her to hurt her on purpose. She basically blew up and cussed him out without even bothering to listen to his side of the story. The whole time, I just knew that she had judged to the wrong conclusion and was needlessly getting all mad at him, which just frustrated me.
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable book, with a cute romance that had some some underlying issues; not my favorite Dessen book so far, but definitely not the worst.