Published: March 8, 2004
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?
Although I have loved most of Sarah Dessen's books, I didn't really like this one. I don't really know the reasoning for that, but I guess I struggled to connect with the main character. It's the story of Remy, a girl who has no faith in love. Part of this is because her father never really knew her, he only wrote a now famous song, called "This Lullaby," about her before he died. Not to mention her mother is on her fifth marriage and Remy's response to her mothers numerous weddings is, "She takes on husbands the way people change their hair color: out of boredom, listlessness, or just feeling that this next one will fix everything, once and for all."
Remy's problem is that she likes to be in control of things when she has a boyfriend. She knows that getting into relationships is hard and if she gets attached things never go the way they are supposed to. So before any guy can end a relationship, Remy ends it before she gets hurt. So one day when Remy is at her new step-fathers dealership she meets a guy named Dexter. He's very determined to get to know Remy, is persistent that they go out, and isn't willing to give up on their relationship. For once in her life, Remy is unsure of what to do. She really likes Dexter, but she's afraid he will hurt her. As their story continues we see many changes take place in the characters and eventually things work out for the best. Overall, it was an okay book to read. Not one of my favorites by Dessen, but a light entertainment.