#ReadADessen: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway!

May 1, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews // 9 Comments

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. ♥

#ReadADessen: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway!This Lullaby
by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: March 8, 2004
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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?

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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!



About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.


Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Sarah Dessen’s books in paperback (ARV: $132.00).

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 17, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  • I still haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books, but I really want to! I will definitely read one this year 😀 I’m glad you loved this book! Fabulous review, and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

  • I’ve been reading Sarah’s books since the early 00s. She is my inspiration, one of the authors who I look up to a LOT. I’m a huge fan, and as an aspiring author, I want my books to move people like her books move me.

  • Danielle

    I just place held my first Sarah Dessen book at my local library and I’m excited to finally get around to her books. I LOVE contemporary books, that feel-good warmth and happiness, with a touch of self-discovery. Such a solid combination.

  • Christina

    I’ve only been able to read a couple of Sarah Dessen’s books (The Truth About Forever and Along For the Ride) but I’m already falling in love with the writing style and relatable characters <3

  • WOOO!! Glad you read this for the first time!!!! I love Sarah Dessen’s books too and I’m reviewing this one on Wednesday 🙂

  • Kristen

    I haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book in years but I love them and I can’t wait to read one again!

  • Julie

    I haven’t read any of Sarah Dessen’s books but several are on my tbr so I’ll have to rectify that by reading one this year! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed This Lullaby. It sounds amazing! I can definitely identify with Remy- I never wanted to date a musician until I met my husband and it’s come with it’s own set of issues. I’d love to read a book that potentially covers that. Maybe this will be my first Sarah Dessen read! Thanks so much for the review and giveaway! 🙂

  • Squinj

    I have read slammed but I would love to read the rest of her books

  • I love Sarah Dessen! Just Listen is probably my favorite book by her.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews