Review: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

   This Lullaby
Sarah Dessen; Penguin USA, Inc. 2009
“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?”
 – Goodreads on This Lullaby

Here we have it folks, my first five-butterfly rating!! Woot-woot, how exciting, am I right?
 Well, it was an oddly chilly April day when I started reading this awesome book; I glutted on half of it from the first bite, and I loved it to bits. So much so, that during the next few days I was completely swamped in doing classes-related(heinous) stuff, I kept thinking about this book, these characters, this plot. Ok so that might slightly sound like obsessing over it…well you know what they say, if it looks like a duck, walks like duck and quacks like ducks, it’s probably me rambling about my latest book-crush

The story is quite fabulous in its simplicity; lately plots have all these unimaginable(or slightly predictable in their conundrum-ness) twists and turns, a complete plot roller-coaster that grips you and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Well this isn’t one of those, and don’t get me wrong, I pretty much am likely to love those just as much. Here the story feels simply real, quite true, in fact I’m sure if we were to search the world high and low, we’d find a few Remy’s with quirky novelists for moms and wounded hearts as companions.

The fact that this true-to-life plot is so gripping is due to, I believe, aside the amazing writing of Sarah Dessen, the strength of her characters. I love how unique and strongly built they are, I had a clear sense of them as individuals, and felt an odd connection to pretty much all of them, as opposed to getting attached to just the main couple, or the villain in the story -my usual-. In fact, this will be shocking to those of you who might know my ‘crush’ habits, but there’s no villain in this book, and I still loved to bits!

Now, my only issue is I have a few Sarah Dessen books around, so I am likely to immerse in them instead of working on this paper for tomorrow, but hey, what’s a girl to do when she has a book/writer-crush? Now I feel the imperative need to read more books by Sarah Dessen and see if all of them are so lovely as this one, papers be damned!


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