Published: Puffin (May 27, 2002)
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads Summary: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
My Thoughts: Surely I'm a freak of nature that I waited until 2011 to read a Sarah Dessen book, right? She's got about 50 billion of them out, so really I don't have an excuse as to why I waited so long. Maybe because I was afraid that I'd be disappointed after all the hype. And I do mean ALL the HYPE. Randomly, I picked up This Lullaby. And I'm happy to say it SHALL NOT be my last Dessen book.
Remy, Remy, Remy. YOU GOT ON MY LAST NERVE. But you know what? I liked it. Because when I am at odds with a character, it fills me with a massive hope that they will redeem themselves. Remy pushes everyone away. A regular mack daddy (mommy?), she has the six week rule down pat and OH MAN, she follows it strictly. Because when you have a mom who's had like 16 husbands, you find it hard to believe that love exists, right? RIGHT.
Enter Dexter, the gangly, quirky, obnoxious, musically-inclined, curly-haired, messy, flaily-limbed boy who is entirely too persistent (but super duper endearing) with standoffish Remy. I immediately thought of Adam Brody/Seth Cohen when I tried to celebritize Dexter. Because the way that Seth gradually and annoyingly (and totally intriguingly) wooed Summer? Yes. That is exactly, EXACTLY how it was with Remy and Dexter. I loved how he so slowly and entertainingly broke down Remy's walls. Because sometimes the picture perfect guys aren't the ones that get the girl. It's the awkward, stumbly types. And those are my favorite kinds. I have all sorts of hearts around his name in my mental spiral notebook.
Unique, sarcastic, lovable (after awhile) voice? Check. Believable plot and kept my attention? Check. Swoony dude? A MILLION TIMES, CHECK. I finally understand why you guys worship at the temple of Dessen. I GET IT.