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This Lullaby
Sarah Dessen
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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? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who's determined to soften her up.


Sarah DessenSarah Dessen's first novel, That Summer, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, was published in 1996. Her other books include Someone Like You and Keeping the Moon, both ALA Quick Picks and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. Her fourth novel, Dreamland, was published in the fall of 2000. She lives in North Carolina, where she teaches creative writing at UNC-CH, and is currently at work on her fifth novel.


  1. What is the importance of the song "This Lullaby"? Does the meaning change for Remy depending on who is singing it? How does the song contribute to her attitude toward men?

  2. Why does Remy's mother keep getting married? How does her attitude toward love differ from Remy's? Who do you think is right?

  3. Remy loves cleanliness and order. Why do you think this is? Who or what in her life challenges this sense of order?

  4. How do Remy's friends influence her attitudes about love? Is there a difference in Remy's mind between commitment to a friendship and commitment to a romance?