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.
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