by Sarah Dessen
Realistic fiction / romance
For grades 9+
Reviewed by Amber, grade 10
This Lullaby seems like a classic love story, but it has its own little twists and turns. The book’s main character is a girl named Remy. She thinks she’s got everything figured out, from boys to the rest of her life. With a mom who constantly writes and remarries, a brother who has trouble staying on the right side of the law, and a new stepfather, she can’t handle any other uncertainty in her life. That is, until she meets Dexter. Dexter is in a band. Dexter is annoying. Dexter has bad handwriting. Dexter won’t give up on Remy. That gets on Remy’s nerves, big time, but somehow, she can’t get rid of him.
Remy and Dexter first meet at Remy’s soon-to-be-stepfather’s auto dealership. As soon as Dexter crashes (yes, crashes) into Remy, she is furious, but Dexter still has the nerve to write his name and number on Remy’s hand before dashing out. Soon, we learn that Remy is borderline heartless, only loving her immediate family and few close friends. We find that out by learning that Remy wants to break up with her current boyfriend, Jonathan, for no valid reason. She has a plan set out on how to break up with Jonathan but it all goes downhill when she discovers an actual valid reason to break up with him. Remy doesn’t think about it too much since she was already going to break up with him, and her mother’s wedding is in a week. For her mother, the wedding is a success, but Remy is left all alone until Dexter finds her and helps her out. It’s then that Remy realizes that Dexter’s not that annoying after all.
My thoughts on This Lullaby are that it was really cute and a little heart-wrenching at times. I loved almost all of the characters and I could imagine them existing in real life. There wasn’t much that I didn’t like, and the book was only slightly predictable. Honestly, I would recommend the book to people I think would enjoy it. Be warned that this book does have cussing and mature topics that are meant for older teenagers. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 because the book is good but it’s only slightly better than most.
Editor's note: If you read and like this book, Sarah Dessen has written many others from which to choose. If you like this kind and style of realistic fiction, you might also try the books of Deb Caletti.