This Lullaby

Summary:

Remy Starr (18) has always had a very cynical view of love. She watched her mother go through four failed marriages. Now, mom is preparing for her fifth! This history of broken hearts isn't going to change her beliefs. She is notorious for dumping guys because Remy has never once met a boy who can prove her wrong. Enter Dexter. He keeps asking her out. She refuses. He’s a disorganized klutz and overly optimistic. The complete opposite of Remy’s ideal type. His worst offense: he reminds Remy of her late father, a musician who never met her but wrote a famous song for her. Remy and her best friends had a plan. They agreed to date their way through the summer with “casual flings.” In August she'll head to college across the country with nothing to hold her back. Finally, she goes out with Dexter. Dexter isn’t part of her plans, and she knows she should just break up with him. The sooner the better. That way, no one gets hurt. Why is she breaking all her rules for him? What is different about this boy, and this relationship. Could she possibly be in love?


BTSYA / Teen Reader:
I enjoyed the honesty of This Lullaby. It is realistic, with relatable characters. Though Remy thinks of herself as a girl with a cold, hard heart, she’s actually sweet (to use Dexter’s description. She’s thoughtful; cares for her friends and family, and likes Dexter a lot more than she wanted to admit. Remy’s journey to discovering love and the benefits of risk-taking is an amazing story and I highly recommend this book. It is targeted more toward teenage girls, but I think anyone could read it and learn a thing or two about life.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This Lullaby shows us how realism and true love are not mutually exclusive, and not-so-fairy-tale stories can still have happy endings.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction
Type of Book:
This is a YA romance. It is a story for an older audience who may struggle with reading. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option.
Educational Themes:

This is an ideal pick for a mother-daughter book club. There are lots of conversation threads: relationship dynamics, friendship, honesty, and dealing with the past.

Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. A fast, enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!

Title This Lullaby
About
Author Sarah Dessen
Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers © 2002
ISBN 0670035300
Material Hard Cover
Genres Coming of Age
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