Hey, friends!!! I can’t express how excited I am to be a part of the #ReadADessen Campaign this year!! As most of you already know, I ADORE allllll things Sarah Dessen!! This year I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of This Lullaby to read, which I hadn’t read yet, so you can imagine my excitement!! See my full review below! And don’t forget to enter the AMAZING giveaway at the bottom of the post. ♥
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?
Sarah Dessen has written some of my very favorite contemporary stories. When I open one of her books, I already know that I will be immersed into an adorable world filled with very real characters, all broken, yet working toward a better self. Although a bit predictable at times, I know that I will never be disappointed with her stories. This Lullaby was no exception. I’m not sure why I hadn’t read it yet, but I’m so happy I was able to read it now.
Remy is in the process of planning her mother’s fifth wedding. As you can imagine, Remy is a bit skeptical about love. After seeing so many of her mother’s relationships come and go, she’s starting to think that love is really a joke. Real, true, endless love is pretty much impossible and a complete waste of time. Remy never had the pleasure of meeting her musician father. He passed away before she was born, and left only a song in his wake, entitled “This Lullaby.” Without a father, and with her mother’s tortured love life, Remy spends her life meticulously planned around NOT falling in love.
In walks Dexter. Adorable, musician Dexter. At first glance, Remy has zero interest. But as Dexter proceeds to be a constant in Remy’s life, running into her whenever possible (and refusing to take no for an answer), Remy is slowly forced to break her own rules and get to know Dexter better.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Remy’s at first. I can understand why she’s cynical about love, but it was hard for me to grasp until further into the story. After a while though, I really grew to like her and appreciate her views. One of my favorite aspects of Sarah Dessen’s writing is that she always shows the protagonist improving themselves. There’s never a boy that has to save the girl or heal her wounds. Watching Remy come around in her own time was perfect.
“Some things don’t last forever, but some things do.”
This book had it all… an MC who I didn’t love at first, but definitely grew to love throughout her journey, a fun cast of characters that bring the term “friendship” to a whole new level, an adorable romance that starts off rocky, yet comes around and fills the story with all the swoons, and a story that’s entertaining and fun from beginning to end. Sarah Dessen knows how to write adorable, fun and entertaining YA contemporary stories. The perfect stories for laying on the beach in the gorgeous sunshine. I’ve never met a Sarah Dessen book that I haven’t loved, and I’m so excited for her newest releasing June 6th, Once and For All!
A HUGE thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me a finished copy of This Lullaby as part of this #ReadADessen Campaign!
Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Sarah Dessen’s books in paperback (ARV: $132.00).
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