This will be the last Dessen I review for a while, on account of the fact that I have reviewed all but one in my personal collection! I’ll keep it short as well, because I’m in the process of packing for my spring vacationnnnn!
This Lullaby starts off introducing Remy, a rough-around the edges, no-nonsense senior who had just graduated from high school. She can’t wait to start her freshman year at Stanford and get out of her small town, as well as out from under all the responsibilities of taking care of her mother. Remy’s mom has been married four times, not counting Remy’s father, and is just about to get married to husband number five. A hopeless romantic, her mother thinks this will be the last time, but Remy doesn’t want to stick around for the practically inevitable. Remy is the opposite of her mother in the romance department. She knows what she wants, has high standards, and isn’t going to let herself get carried away. Right after graduation, as she plans on dumping her current boyfriend, Remy finds out he’s been cheating on her. Though it makes her angry, she shakes it off- she’s still gotten what she wanted, just not how she wanted it. But then, there’s Dexter.
Dexter is immediately enamored with Remy. Despite her hard shell and determination not to date musicians, he isn’t giving up on her. Remy keeps trying to stay clear from him, but they continuously bumping into each other, and he is persistent. Then one bad night, Dexter comes to Remy’s rescue. What she thought was in her past rears it’s ugly head, he comes swooping in, despite Remy’s drunken protests, and offers up an out from what could have been another terrible mistake. Not understanding exactly why, she decides to break her own rules and starts dating Dexter. Even though she’s enjoying his company, she makes sure to maintain her distance, not wanting to jeopardize her departure for college come fall. Dexter, however, isn’t making it easy.
Remy starts to realize that even though she’s hardened her heart, Dexter may be the one who can soften it. It’s a little young-adult-corny-trope, but yet again, Dessen writes convincingly enough to bypass that knowledge and fall headlong into the story. It’s cute and clever, and the reader does get invested in what is going to happy between the main and supporting characters. Overall, I’d say if you’re a fan of the author’s work, this is another adorable read from her that I’d recommend.