Title: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Remy doesn't believe in love. And why should she? Her romance novelist mother is working on her fifth marriage, and her father, a '70s hippie singer, left her with only a one-hit wonder song to remember him by.
Never without a boyfriend, Remy is a compulsive dater, but before a guy can go all "Ken" on her (as in "ultra boyfriend behavior") she cuts him off, without ever getting close or getting hurt. That's why she's stunned when klutzy, quirky, alterna-band boy Dexter inserts himself into her life and refuses to leave. Remy's been accepted to Stanford, and she plans on having her usual summer fling before tying up the loose ends of her pre-college life and heading for the coast. Except Dexter's not following Remy's tried-and-true rules of break-up protocol. And for the first time, Remy's questioning whether or not she wants him to.
Most of you probably know by now that Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favorite authors, and has been since high school. For a long time Dreamland was my favorite read of hers until This Lullaby came along. I would love to list all the reasons why, but I'm saving that for an upcoming discussion that Cheryl & I are planning on having. For those of you that love Dessen or for some crazy reason haven't read one of her books - you must get this one!