Author: Sarah Dessen
ISBN/Publisher: 978-0-14-250155-9/Speak (part of Penguin)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult
Remy Starr just graduated high school and is finishing up all the preparations for her mom's fifth wedding. She only has one last summer at home before she heads off to Stanford University on the opposite coast.
Remy is totally organized, tidy, and is always on time (she's basically OCD). The thing she will discover this summer is that her rules on boys aren't set in stone. She's boy-smart, guards her heart, and is only looking for superficial relationships because she has watched her mom's relationships and knows that commitment is too much of a risk to take.
This summer is going to be all about being with her friends and prepping for the new life she'll soon have in college. But, she meets Dexter...the total opposite of her type. He's really clumsy, messy, and really really persistent and did I mention he's a musician. And being a musician is a BIG no no. She doesn't date musicians because her dad was one. And he wrote a song called This Lullaby that basically told her that he let her down. So why should Remy trust musicians and love?
Will Dexter change her whole perspective on love and also on her dating rules???
Sarah Dessen does it again. How does this wonderful author do it? She writes about unforgettable characters that people can relate to. I could not put this down...I wanted to know the ending for Remy and Dexter. These two characters are wonderful to read about. And also that sometimes the boy you're looking for isn't the "perfect" looking guy at all.
I love how Dessen does an amazing job with the different type of relationships in her stories. You get the mother/daughter, boyfriend/girlfriend, friendships, members of a band, but my favorite were the brother/sister relationship, and the step-father/step-daughter one. Although this wasn't a major part of the story...Remy had to deal with five step-dad's throughout her life, but the one with number five touched base on the awkwardness of the relationship.
This is a great read and I totally recommend it!!!
You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs. Dexter, page 225
Holding people from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn't make you strong. If anything, it makes you weaker. Because you're doing it out of fear...Of taking that chance. Of letting go and giving into it, and that's what makes us what we are. Barbara, page 265
Maybe a marriage, like a life, isn't only about the Big Moments, whether they be bad or good. Maybe it's all the small things---like being guided slowly forward, surely, day after day---that stretch out to strengthen even the most tenuous bond. Remy, page 267