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This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Sarah Dessen / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2008-07-24 by Hodder Children's Books

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      06.02.2011 23:42
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      A good book if you want a quick easy read but I'd imagine it's target audience is pretty narrow.

      This book is essentially a love story. A girl named Remy Starr is anything but your typical romantic heroine - she's cynical, pessimistic and has a set way of doing things when it comes to relationships. Most of these emotions stem from the relationships she has seen her mother involved in - with most of her marriages lasting only a year or two. Remy is very preoccupied with getting to College and essentially getting away from her messed up family life. This however becomes much harder when she meets Dexter and begins to (in his opinion) fall in love. There are constant witty battles between the pair about Remy's true feelings - but one thing's certain - she is acting in a way she never has before. I won't give much else away because it will ruin what is left of the plot.

      Although it does look at face value like a simple love story, with closer reading you can perceive some events in the book and some characters in particular to be making a comment on love, what we perceive love to be as a culture and what love can mean to different people. It got me thinking a bit, but it's still quite a basic read.

      The text isn't difficult to follow, and it's not the best writing that I've seen, but it's great for teenagers (young girls in particular) or for English students!!! After a long day studying Chaucer, Marlowe and Shakespeare, it's nice to wind down with an easy read - and this ticks the box for me! I wouldn't recommend this for someone who wants something exciting, or perhaps something a bit enigmatic, but if you want an easy read with few twists in the plot, then this is brill.

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      22.06.2010 00:40
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      generic teens love story, but a good one at that

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      Remy Starr doesn't believe in love. Her mother has been married numerous times to a bunch of very different men, none of the marriages lasting long at all. On top of that, all she has known of her father is a song he dedicated to her called This Lullaby, in which he states 'I will let you down', something she comes to expect of everyone. She doesn't date boys expecting the relationship to last and finishes things with her current boyfriend so that she can go to university in autumn after a fun filled summer with no strings attached. And then she meets Dexter and everything changes. Dexter is in a band (a huge no no), is unable to ever tie his shoe laces and even dares to eat in Remys car. But she can't help herself, she has a thing for him, whether she's like to admit it or not. Her relationship with Dexter starts to change her opinions on love, is it real? Was she wrong? At the same time her mum has remarried again, to someone truly awful, and her brother seems to have fallen in love, something Remy would have thought impossible. Her full of fun summer of freedom changes dramatically and fast, but how will it end?

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      This is a pretty generic teen book, kind of a 'girl has grown up a bit wrong but finds true meaning' etc etc, but regardless, it's a good one. The story moves pretty fast and is never boring. You do get what you'd expect you would, the ending is totally predictable, but then I'd think it would be a disappointment if it wasn't, this book isn't trying to be quirky or unusual, I think it's just trying to talk to teenage girls about what love is and what it's meant to be, and it does manage that. Remy is a great character to work this story around. She is so strong and confident at the start, kind of an unbreakable character, she doesn't want to let anyone in, but all it takes is one person to start to break this well built defence down. I definitely think that this is a person and a scenario that is easy for almost everyone to relate to.
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      This isn't a book for adults, more like mid/late teens, and as an adult I thought that the writing style was a bit too simple for me, and sometimes it tried too hard to be young or 'cool'. Saying that, it is pretty easy to read, probably easier for someone a bit younger than myself. I liked the theme of the story, most of the characters (a couple of Remys friends are quite annoying), I liked how it moved along and the development of the plot and the characters. This is a good book, I'd definitely recommend it to someone in their teens to read it, and of course for adults who like children's/teen fiction. It's a nice love story, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary or completely astounding.

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