Apr 21, 2012

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Book Description:  

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?

Christina's Book Review

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

Remy has had a bad example when it comes to finding love. With a mother that is going on her 5 husband and a father that isn't alive there's nothing but bad memories of love in her life. Because of this Remy has the dating game down to a T, from the beginning of dating to when it is time to cut all ties with the guy. She can time it exactly and doesn't bother with getting attached to the 16 something guys she's dated throughout her life. Everything works out perfectly for her until Dexter walks "bumps" into her. From the beginning Remy is repulsed by Dexter and his "terrible" ways. He is everything that she detest. Remy has the Perfect vision of a guy and Musician "sloppy" Dexter is not even in her ballpark of guys that interest her. What Remy doesn't know is that Dexter is very persistent and when he sets his mind to a challenge there isn't any backing down. But has Dexter finally met his defeat in Remy?

Throughout the book I found myself wanting to strangle Remy. She infuriated me like no other character has ever. I found her to be obnoxious and very snobbish throughout the whole book. Because she based her only example of finding and being in love on her mother she is terrible to the guys in her life and thinks badly of the people around her that are in love. During the whole book Dexter tries to set the "relationship" at her pace and hopes to win her over but at the end I didn't feel like she did fall in love with him in any way. I didn't even feel the sincerity in her being open to "trying" to fall in love. I felt like she got so used to Dexter and him being so different that she went along with it. She jumped into another relationship without hesitation (as is her normal) and then because she thought of Dexter once in a while decided that she should have given him the benefit of actually trying. Because of this the book was only given 4 stars.

Dexter on the other hand was adorable! I loved his playful and fun side and you couldn't help but feeling bad that he was investing more into the relationship than Remy. He was so patient with her and although he pushed a little and was always around her he understood that she wasn't to be pushed too much. He was willing to wait but when he didn't see any hope in succeeding he turned away from the person he loved that didn't love him back. I enjoyed reading the parts with him and wished the book had more of him in it. Less Remy more Dexter would have made this book 5 Stars!

I also enjoyed the secondary characters. I loved the guys in the band and like Remy's friends more then her. Lissa was such a sweetheart and she did not deserve what happened with Adam. I would have liked her and John to be together because they would make a cute couple. I knew from the start that Don was a jerk and I felt bad for Remy's mother because she did seem to have bad luck in her marriages and I felt like she was really affected by what Remy's father did. I do however loved that at the end she realized her mistakes and didn't become bitter. Christopher was not a big character in the book but I found it funny how Remy despised Jennifer Ann because she "changed" Chris but didn't see how she was being the same way with Dex.

I loved the plot of the story, the secondary characters and Dexter. I just did not enjoy Remy and because she was the main character and the whole book was about her I can only give it 4 Stars.

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