This Lullaby

this-lullabyGoodreads synopsis:

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?

Ah! The hopeless romantic in me comes out every time I read this book. I have a habit of believing in the best in people, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it also means I sometimes don’t seem the awful plot twists, much like the boys Remy dumps.

This was one of the first Sarah Dessen novels I ever read – The Truth About Forever being the actual first – and I haven’t read it in a while. It’s so easy to forget the fuzzy-feeling books like this one, but once you read it again you’re like “How could I ever forget about it?” This book had me reading all day and night – I couldn’t put it down because I wanted the happy ending I imagined for the characters.

Love is an essential part of life, whether you’re an animal or human. It is hard to let love in when you have so many barriers up like Remy did. I notice children that come from broken homes, have a harder time of letting people in. They don’t want to get attached and then let down. As a child of divorced parents, sometimes I’m skeptical of the idea of getting married – what’s the point if you’re just going to get divorced? Or sometimes, I get really clingy to the idea of love – I don’t want to let it go, it makes me happy and I’ll do anything to keep it.

But that’s not how love is supposed to work. You’re supposed to let it in and snuggle up with it. Take a leap of faith, you never know what is going to happen – if we did know we’d all be with our soul mates the minute we’re born. Sarah Dessen established a story of  love and trust in various different stages that sucks you in from the very beginning. It makes me want to fall in love for the first time again. If you’ve never been in love, read this book, you’ll fall in love for the first time, and if you’re already in love, you’ll fall in love all over again.

Taking a brief detour from my #SarahDessenMarathon to read Courting Mrs. McCarthy by Ian Thomas Malone. This first week of June has been absolutely crazy with work, classes, and my sister’s graduation/graduation party – which is why it has taken so long for me to post this – since I finished it on May 31st…Anyways, I’ll be finishing up my #SarahDessenMarathon after this! Happy reading lovelies!

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