After having read all of Sarah Dessen’s books, thinking back on them, This Lullaby was different. Remy, our main character, was bold and daring which contrasts a bit with the usual protagonist we see in Dessen’s work. At first, I thought that maybe I was just overthinking the differences since it’s been awhile since I’ve read her other works, but while skimming her website, Sarah says something similar about Remy being different for her too.
I thought this was kind of refreshing and well-timed since This Lullaby ended up being the latest book I’ve read by her and, until she publishes something new, the last.
When I first started this book, I really didn’t like Remy and I considered not finishing it. This was odd because I usually love the main characters in her Dessen’s books. But, Remy was too pessimistic and bitter. She had a formula for breaking up with people! She pretty much planned on breaking up with people before they really started dating. Who does that?
Fortunately, she grew on me and I started to adore her, especially after Dexter came into her life.
Also, if you’ve read Someone Like You, as usual there’s a connection between Dessen’s books, and you’ll get to see a familiar character in This Lullaby. This is one of my favorite things about having read all of her books- there’s hints and connections between the places and people in all of them. It’s kind of like she just created her own little fictional world throughout her books, except the books aren’t at all related in a series, etc.
As usual, Dessen has a way of capturing a very teenage voice and of creating very authentic friendships that keeps her books from focusing on just one thing. She takes a theme and weaves it into every aspect of a characters life. I can’t wait to read her next book and, as usual, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!
Overall, if you’ve been feeling a bit bitter about happy endings and romance, this book might be just what you need!