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When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's star ...more
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Published March 2004 by Demco Media, Turtleback Books (first published May 27th 2002)
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Kiko I think this one would be best for middle school or high school students. Most other Dessen books would also be appropriate for that age range, too.…moreI think this one would be best for middle school or high school students. Most other Dessen books would also be appropriate for that age range, too. If you want some specifics, this book in particular includes scenes with parties and drinking. However, the scenes are handled tastefully.(less)
Patience If you're asking do I agree, then yes, I do. Love can leave negative marks on people who are not cut out for yet or who are not meant to be in love…moreIf you're asking do I agree, then yes, I do. Love can leave negative marks on people who are not cut out for yet or who are not meant to be in love with the person they love. I don't think that was the moral of Remy and Dexter's story, but I can see that being a lesson for Remy's mother.(less)
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Tatiana
Jan 25, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
"This Lullaby" was my first Dessen book and will probably be the last. It has nothing to do with the writing, but this kind of fairly depressing YA chick lit a la Jennifer Weiner is simply not my cup of tea.

This book is normally described as a super sweet romance, but it never felt like one to me. Rather, it was a story of a girl disillusioned in love who finally allowed herself to open herself up to an honest relationship with a man.

There was really nothing wrong with this story. The characters
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Sarah Dessen's THIS LULLABY is one of the best teen books I've ever read. 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, "
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Isamlq
Apr 27, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Just Listen, let’s just say that I wasn’t all that impressed with Sarah Dessen. And to be honest? I just couldn’t see why she was so popular.. so with great reluctance (a month after reading Just Listen in fact,) I went ahead and read This Lullaby. Well, this review is me eating my words: Sarah Dessen deserves all the praise she has gotten/gets.

I loved it! (Yes, this is even despite my having come across what one reviewer calls the “the Sarah Dessen Syndrome,” of a female protagonist who i
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Rachel
Dec 04, 2007 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was 18 when I read This Lullaby, and it was the first Sarah Dessen novel that I had read. To this day, it is still my favorite book by Dessen.

The main character Remy is very relatable to many teenage girls, and even to young women who remember being the way Remy is when they were in high school. Remy's family and friends are a very loveable group of characters and their development is flawless.

There are little twists here and there that carry the book toward the end. It does start off a littl
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Patricia
Aug 16, 2008 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did *not* like this book. I found the main character to be completely unsympathetic and I could not relate to her or with her to save my life. I understand WHY she was a bitch at time to Dexterbut quite honestly, I didn't really care. 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..ok, well maybe the last bit ...more
Maru
Rating: 5 STARS

This Lullaby is my favourite Sarah Dessen book along with The Truth About Forever. There is no denying that Sarah Dessen follows a specific formula when writing a novel, a formula that doesn't change too much (if at all) from book to book. But not only does this formula work, she manages to make it work wonderfully. In my opinion, Dessen has a gift, in that she is able to turn simple plots into beautiful and deep stories that work when in the mood for an entertaining, light, fun b
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Margaret Stohl
Jul 14, 2009 Margaret Stohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ah, Dexter...
Annabelle
Nov 11, 2009 Annabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Let me begin yet another Dessen review on a high note: Remy Starr is officially my favorite Dessen girl, hands down. She actually actively took part in what happened around her, making her mistakes big and bold and beautiful. Her cynical rants immediately captured my heart and her wit and vulnerability sealed the deal. I just got her.
I also fell in love with Dexter from the moment he appeared on the page. His charm and all around adorable-ness made me want to reach into the story and pull him ou
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Hilda
Jul 02, 2014 Hilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lullaby is only a few words
A simple run of chords
Quiet here in this spare room
But you can hear it, hear it
Wherever you may go
I will let you down
But this lullaby plays


Remy doesn’t believe in love. Her mother’s fifth marriage only encourages her to stop believing in the nonsense. To her, love means having fun with guys, making sure that they know the relationship won’t last long, and leaving before things get complicated. No worries. No entanglements. The no-strings-attached rule has worked
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Maggie
Apr 23, 2013 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Anna
Shelves: 2013
It feels almost sacrilegious to run a Young Adult blog without having read Sarah Dessen. She's one of the biggest names in YA with a massive, devoted following. I wasn't sure where to start but when Anna suggested This Lullaby and threw in Veronica Mars as a selling point, I couldn't resist.

This book definitely surprised me. I expected Dessen to be light and fluffy. However, instead of The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, I got The Sisterhood of the Traveling Diet Zip and Cigarettes. I know it's c
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Pinky
Oct 09, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.”

I really enjoyed this book, I feel like it was much better compared to The Moon and More. My marathon for Sarah Dessen books is going really great and I haven't been in a Reading Slump so I am really happy! I loved this book although I was expecting more for the ending. So many people recommended that I should read this or Just Listen and those two are my favorites, along with Along f
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Taissa
Apr 01, 2015 Taissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first Sarah Dessen book and I am very satisfied with it! ;)
Laura
Edit May 2015: Still one of the best contemporary books I've ever read.

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MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE SARAH DESSEN BOOK!

Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.

I totally love love love this story! If you haven't read This Lullaby yet, stop what you're doing right now and freaking read it!! It's that good!

I first read this probably like a year ago and have reread it a few times since. It's
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♥ Becky  22
“You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs.”
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I love Sarah Dessen, and out of all of her books that I've read ("The Truth About Forever", "Along for the Ride", "Just Listen" and "The Lullaby"), this one is my absolute favorite. <3

"This Lullaby" is so funny and sweet. I love Dexter. (He's in a band, you guys. And they write songs about potatoes.)
There were so many scenes that made me laugh o
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Tina
Oct 21, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, 2010, contemporary, ya
Original post at One More Page

Note: Just this once, I'm trying a different way of reviewing. This may get a bit personal, but I hope you'll ride it out with me -- I just really need to try this out. :) A short, yet proper review will be at the end of the post.


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Dear Future Tina,

I'm not sure when you'll read this again, or if you'll even be able to ever read this again in a few years or decades from now. I don't know if this blog will still exist, or if this entry will exist because you can al
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Carleigh
Jul 18, 2009 Carleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good book...recommend it...and others by sarah dessen
Laura
Remy is a girl who thinks that she has this whole love thing figured out, whenever she feels that the relationship might take a step up, she dumps the guy. All that changes when she meets Dexter, a guy who says that the first time he saw her, he knew they were meant to be together. To top it all off, Dexter is a musician, an occupation Remy does not like because her father was one and only left her with one legacy, a one hit wonder called, "this lullaby".

This book had a decent amount of faults.
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Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
I don't know, I just didn't like this book. I mean, it was pretty well written I guess, just not my thing. I could NOT relate to Remy in the slightest. She was extremely unlikable, and a compelte bitch, and, for the record, admitting you're a bitch doesn't redeem you. The way she went from guy to guy, dumping them on a schedule, treating them as numbers on a chart and not as human beings...was frankly disgusting. She supposedly has an excuse, because her mom remarried four times. Big deal. You'd ...more
Sarah
Apr 17, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-2016
4.5 stars! This book. THIS BOOK. My goodness that was a thrill. Not in the heart pounding action packed way but in the way that is so happy, surprising, and just wonderful. Like the first day of summer, the first time you take a sip of wine because you parents let you have(it was at church), that new crush feeling. Simply giddy! Reading this book I felt so many feelings. The characters go through so much character development! Remy is an amazing lead, who is changed by the end of the story. But ...more
Joy
Jul 02, 2007 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Dessen novel. Remy is cynical about love, but she's looking forward to heading off to Stanford with no boyfriend attached. There's just one problem: Remy's latest guy, Dexter, isn't buying into her plan. Not only is he a violation of her "no musicians" rule, he's also intent on sticking around.

I like teen novels that don't focus on a central romance at the expense of everything else. Remy has friends and family, and they're as much a part of the story as Dexter is.

In many w
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Laura
Apr 19, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Rereading another of my absolute favorites, mostly because my first day back at university was exhausting and I need this <3
Elizabeth
I can'd decide if it's a 3 or 3.5 star rating...

Definitely entertaining, but it takes some trudging through her being cynical about love. I could definitely see this one being made into a movie.

The feminism is ever-so-subtle in this one, but becomes a little bit more obvious when she's reading her mom's manuscript. Also, I'm pretty sure I need a Zip Coke now. Also, Jennifer Anne. I wanted more of her! She seemed very HBIC.

Also, I'm glad the girls converse about dating and whatnot. They joke a
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Anne Osterlund
Nov 01, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remy doesn’t believe in love. Not forever love. It doesn’t exist.

She should know. Her mother’s been married and divorced four times. And Remy’s own ditched-boyfriend record is long and full of insignificant relationships.

Until Dexter sits down at her side--or, more accurately, crashes into her--at the car dealership. And insists they were meant to be together.

Which Remy knows is wrong. Because if she were meant to be with someone, he certainly wouldn’t drip food in her car. Or write songs about
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Djezelle
Jan 05, 2016 Djezelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Отзыв в моем блоге: http://adelinarain.blogspot.ru/2015/0...
Petra Sýkorová
Remy díky opakujícím se manželstvím své mámy nemá o lásce žádné iluze. Nevěří, že by se někdy dva lidi mohli mít natolik rádi, aby spolu chtěli zůstat až do konce života. S takovým pohledem také přistupuje ke svým milostným vztahům.

Kdysi docela řádila a měnila kluky jako ponožky. V poslední době se ale uklidnila, protože končí střední školu a čeká ji poslední léto před vysokou. Právě toho léto ale potká kluka, který jí hned v prvním okamžiku seznámení prozradí, že jsou si souzeni do konce života
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Keertana
Mar 23, 2014 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swoooon
For Remy, planning her mother's fifth wedding is not a surprise. A cynic when it comes to love, Remy's life has been a flash of watching her mother cycle through different boyfriends, different husbands, and different attempts at happily-ever-after. Remy's own father, a musician, never even met her before he passed away, leaving behind a song, "This Lullaby", as his only legacy and gift to his daughter. Needless to say, Remy's life has been meticulously planned, not around love, but around preve ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This is my third Dessen book and it's the most relatable, so far.

It's a story about Remy, a girl who doesn't believe in love because she witnessed her mother getting divorced way too many times. Mum is planing to marry for the fifth time and Remy's had enough but she's still going to keep her mouth shut cause she's leaving for college in the fall. Dexter literally collides with Remy and he is ready to fight for her even though they just met. Soon they start casually dating but Remy knows there
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Maria
Feb 20, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Tina
I recommend This Lullaby.
I had no illusions about love anymore.
It came, it went, it left casualties or it didn’t.
People weren’t meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say.
So, that’s Remy. Such a bucket of sunshine, right? *snorts*

This Lullaby is my second Dessen book… and I liked it. Not bad, see? This is because The Truth About Forever damaged Dessen’s first impression on me. It was not my cup of tea, really.

Last January, I was tweeting about my plans to read romance for Feb
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Sarah
Mar 04, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
18-year-old Remy is looking forward to her last summer before college, and intends to spend it dating various different boys, and just having fun.

Remy has strict rules about who she will and will-not date (no musicians, no golfers), and rules about how relationships die too, she’s seen enough of her mother’s failed relationships to know that they all end eventually, and even her own father let her down.

When Remy meets Dexter she has no intention of speaking to
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Waffle...♥
Apr 27, 2008 Waffle...♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Waffle...♥ by: Muahh... :3
Amazing moral... but lousy ending! Like always, it was amazingly written, but this time the storyline was horrid and the ending was boring but okay.

Remy Starr, the main character, is disgusting and so cold like she's supposed to be, so I hated her. She is soft WAY deep inside, but the only reason why she puts on a mask of hatred, is because she's afraid of being weak, again. She hates to see how weak she really was so put on the tough attitude. Like her mother and her seemingly endless marriges
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