This Lullaby is the first Sarah Dessen book I’ve read that I haven’t immediately wanted to add to our school’s library. In fact, I won’t think it will make it there at all. This novel didn’t click with me because I found the characters, both major and minor, to be unlikable.
The protagonist, Remy, is a perfectionist who is soon to head off to Stanford. She is an expert on hooking up and dumping boys until she meets Dexter, a musician who goes against everything she wants in a boyfriend. After much resistance, they get together and she is unable to follow her old rules and end the relationship.
Usually I love the quirky guys in Dessen’s novels and want to root for them. Unfortunately, I found Dexter to be annoying and don’t think there’s any way someone like Remy would really tolerate him. I found Remy’s brother Chris to be much more interesting, a reformed badboy who raises lizards and is dating a shark disguised as a receptionist. Tell more about them, please!
The best part of This Lullaby was getting a small update on Scarlett Thomas of Someone Like You. We learn that she is managing a coffee shop, attending college part time, and happily raising her daughter. I love when characters intersect in an author’s world and Dessen is usually good at giving this to the reader.