As a free reading book choice, I looked to my favorite author for a great read over spring break. I chose to read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I was expecting a happy and relaxing read just like her previous books that I have read but I found something different in this book. In each of Sarah's books, the main character usually has a conflict but inside are loving, caring and genuinely sweet. The main character in This Lullaby was the complete opposite. Remy is bitter and has an over all bad attitude. In most cases it would be hard to fall in love with a character that holds these traits. But Dessen took Remy and made her completely lovable to readers despite her unlovable traits and for that reason, I completely fell in love with this book and Remy's character.

      Remy starts out as a manipulative, edgy senior who doesn't want anything to do with a summer romance. Throughout the summer she meets someone named Dexter. Despite her desire to be alone, Remy and Dexter become what you could call and "item". By the end of the summer Remy's personality and her views on life have completely changed for the better. She isn't the edgy teenager anymore. She is open to love and life and can even now enjoy her mothers new marriage. She has made a huge transformation whether she wants to admit it or not. The development of Remy's character throughout the story was the reason I liked the book so much. Dessen gave the reader a chance to experience the character development of Remy in a different way that I haven't experienced before.

      With that said I assume it's clear that this was a really good read. I recommend it to anybody who likes Sarah Dessen's books. If I could critique it, I would make it a little bit shorter because it does seem to drag on at times, but it was still an intriguing read. I hope you all enjoy! 

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Comment by Kyile Crews on April 5, 2012 at 7:47pm

Hey Ashley! I'm Kylie from Carbondale High School and I'm so happy you blogged about a Sarah Dessen book! I read this book last summer and I thougth it was one of Dessen's best, wouldn't you agree? Like you said, Remy was a little more edgy than usual but it works for the story! I loved Remy and Dexter's relationship but what I didn't love was Remy's constant flip-flopping with her feelings. It just got annoying because it got old and she needed to figure out her feelings. She also needed to figure out that  her feelings about love shouldn't have anything to do with her mom's. Have you read any other Sarah Dessen books? Any favorites? Great blog!

Comment by Joanna Josten on April 16, 2012 at 9:29pm

Hey Ash!  I have only read one book by Sarah Dessen before, The Truth About Forever, but I loved that book so I bet I would love this one too!  I agree that her books have characters that have some inner conflicts, but truly are sweet and caring, because that is how it was in the book I read, but I think it would be interesting to read about Remy and her personality.  I'll have to give this book a try!

Comment by Abbie Jean Weil on April 17, 2012 at 2:49pm

Hi Ashley! I'm Abbie from Carbondale High School. Typically, I hate reading, but Sarah Dessen books are the only ones I can choose to read without being forced.  I haven't read This Lullaby yet, but that's one that I've heard was really good. I love the way that she develops the characters in her books. Right now I'm reading What Happened to Goodbye, it's a lot lie the rest of her books as well. My all time favorite book of hers is Someone Like You, if you haven't read it before I recommend it! Anyway, good blog! Thanks for posting!

Comment by Rosemary Agbeh on April 18, 2012 at 5:10pm

Hi, I'm Rosemary from Carbondale High School! I too love Sarah Dessen as an author, I'm a very big fan of most of her books. I was introduced to her books by a friend and I soon read the following: What happened to GoodbyeThe truth about Forever, Just Listen, etc. I have read Lullaby and I definitely enjoyed it, the way Dessen develops each character in her books is well thought out. I do agree though that the book was kind of lengthy, but other than that the book was great! Thanks for posting!

Comment by Tanya Rajamahanty on April 20, 2012 at 9:18am

Hi. I'm Tanya from Carbondale Community High School. I also think Sarah Dessen is a great author.You are right about how most of her books are about the main character having a struggle/ conflict  but inside are loving, caring and genuinely sweet. The ones that I read by her are What happened to goodbye, Along for a ride, Truth about forever and Just Listen. I really recommend reading ,"Along for a ride" if you havent read it, it is  really a good book. I havent read the Lullaby yet, but I plan on reading it soon.

Comment by Melinda Cox on May 10, 2012 at 7:54pm

Hi!  I have actually read this book about a couple years ago.  I have been thinking about reading it again.  I didn't really care for it when I read it the first time but like I said that's been a few years ago now.  So maybe if I read it again it would be a little more interesting to me.  I am glad to see you liked it though!  I love a lot of her books she is a really talented author and is one of those authors that makes you want to read all her books.  I think I am going to be re reading this! Thank you for posting!

Comment by Laura Smearman on May 27, 2012 at 1:28pm

I love Sarah Dessen. However, some of her more recent books I've been disappointed in, but this is probably my favorite book of hers. I agree; I liked reading about Remy's transformation. Sarah Dessen does a great job in character development in all her books. Good blog!


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