Somethings don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there. “Remy, This Lullaby Page 344
Author: Sarah Dessen
Time for another review of probably my favorite YA author, Sarah Dessen. This is an old book, like 8 years old at this point, but I still think it is worth checking out. I actually thought I had already read this book but after starting it realized I had not. This book is like me in a nutshell. Or at least my view on relationships, or what it used to be.
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 starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
This book spoke to me more than most books I have read recently. I bought this book YEARS ago, like while I was still in high school and on my kick of reading anything and everything Sarah Dessen. There is a small part of me that wishes that I would have read this then. Remy and I had the same outlook on relationships that is for sure. I was also a very cynical person (about almost everything, not just love) and though I would date or do the casual thing with guys I really never committed to anyone for a long period of time. Or maybe they just didn’t commit to me for a long period of time, I don’t know. Either way I was like Remy. Thinking that love was stupid and having boyfriends was fun but I knew that nothing was going to last. I was working and in band and just ready to move on with my life. That was until I met the one that changed that. Just like Remy.
I am going to get a little sappy and personal here for a line or two. My boyfriend and I met when I was 18, a senior in high school. He had just turned 21 and normally that would have been a nope for me, but he was friends with my best friends boyfriend so I figured I would give him a shot. Almost 7 years later and we are still together. I fully expected it to be a short fling, just like everything else. Just like Remy expected Dexter to be. We still have our moments and we definitely struggled with how cynical my outlook on life was, but I am glad I took a chance with him.
Anyway back to the book after that sap fest. I read a review from someone who did not like the the book who said that Remy was to cynical at 18 and hard to stay in her headspace because of that. This review also said that they wanted to know more about why Remy was that way. I agree, I would loved to have had more back story on Remy and what made her feel that way, but the story alluded to it pretty well by talking about how she had seen her mother married so many times that she knew none of it would last. That would give you a pretty cynical view. If you are not someone who is cynical then you probably would find Remy to be over the top on her views, but to those of us that are not these huge optimists it is easy to see why she is the way she is.
I am glad that I have finally found a YA book that doesn’t make it seem like the main female character is only looking for love and is oh so happy sappy with the person they like. The fact that Remy doesn’t just immediately go “Oh yes I love him” makes the story so much more relatable to be. I love the happy sappy stories but I think more books need to be written from this perspective, because it makes those of us who feel this way not feel like it is wrong or a problem. And it gives us hope that out view on things can actually change.
8/10 because to be honest as much as I loved it I could see the flaws in it. I could see why other people didn’t love it. It is a book that I will probably read again though. I think that as an adult you could read this and maybe see some similarities between your high school self and some of the characters. Had I read this in high school it would have been a 10/10 no doubt about it. If you are a high schooler I total recommend checking this book out and sitting down with it. Take some time to really think about it. Especially if you have a not so happy sappy view of love.
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