Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Book Addict Reviews: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult, Social Situations, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
Order Online: Amazon.com
Author Info: Website | Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
Borrowed from the library.
In A Nutshell:
I loved this book. I want to meet all of the people in the book, take a ride in the white van, and hear a live rendition of the Potato Song.
Remy Starr has a song--a legacy left to her by her father whom she never met. The father who left her mother and her brother to pursue his music career. A father who did not come back once after she was born to meet her. A father who promised in This Lullaby to let her down.
Understandably, Remy has some strong feelings about her father and her song. These feelings, combined with the experience she has had with her mother's many marriages, have shaped her view of the world and her view of relationships. Throughout the story, I found that I did not always agree with Remy and her view on situations but I respected her. She was strong and determined. She was not afraid to stand up for herself, her friends, her beliefs. But I sometimes felt that she went out of her way to protect herself--to make sure that no one would have the opportunity to let her down again.
But as I think more about it--it is hard to say that definitively because of the masterful way Sarah Dessen handles character development. As the story unfolds, we not only learn what is happening in the present but we also learn a lot about the character's past. How did they get to be the person we meet in the book? What events brought them to this place and to these relationships? But the mastery comes from the fact that it never feels forced--the past intertwines naturally with the present, the characters develop right in front of readers. They start to feel like they are our friends or our neighbors or at least I wanted Remy as a friend.
The only thing that I really could not buy into was the Potato Song--and that is part of why I put it down as something I really want to see live. Could a band really write more than one song about potatoes? Would a crowd really get excited about that? I had a really hard time buying into that.
I got myself another Sarah Dessen book for my birthday...and now I am sure it has moved to the top of my TBR pile: