This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (Speak, a Penguin imprint, 2002), 345 pages

Remy thinks she’s in control. And she’s on the straight and narrow … at least compared to how she used to live. It’s her last summer at home — she just graduated from high school — and she’s looking forward to getting away, going to Stanford.

I really enjoyed my first taste of Dessen (Lock and Key), so I was quite looking forward to This Lullaby. I’d been warned that it wasn’t quite up to the level of Lock and Key, but I think my expectations were still a bit too high.

This was a very enjoyable book, but I think its themes simply didn’t strike me the same way — as deeply — as those in Lock and Key did. Themes in this book: risk, love, loss. The characters are believable.

I feel bad that all I’m doing is comparing this to a book I liked more, but I’m having trouble separating my feelings about this book from those about the other. Then again, this book was published six years earlier than Lock and Key, so it could be simply that Dessen’s writing is improving! Which is good.

Dessen is known, I believe, for writing contemporary young adult fiction with a female protagonist who is dealing with a specific hurt or situation.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Dessen’s work; her next book, What Happened to Goodbye, is due out May 10, 2011.

About the author
Sarah Dessen (@SarahDessen, writergrl) has published nine books. She lives in North Carolina.

Other reviews
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8 responses to “This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

  1. Hmmm, now that’s a title and cover a guy would never pick up :p

  2. I have yet to try Dessen’s work, but I know I need to.

  3. I want to read Lock and Key now. =)

  4. I really enjoyed Lock and Key but haven’t read this one either. After reading your review, I might not pick this one up!

  5. Bummer–makes me wish I had Lock and Key instead of this one on the shelf! I haven’t read it yet but I read Just Listen this year and liked it. Seems everyone really raves about Dessen!!

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