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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Dessen Narrator: Ali Ahn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Remy always knows the perfect time to give a boyfriend “the Speech” telling him it’s over—after the initial romantic whirl, but before the reality of an actual relationship hits. Her friends tease that her boyfriend tally is nearing the triple digit mark, but she’s a girl who knows just how to avoid any messy emotional entanglement. After all, she’s had the example of her five-times-married mother to show her what not to do.

So what, then, is it about Dexter that makes it so hard for her to follow her own rules? He’s everything she hates: messy, disorganized, much too vulnerable, impulsive, and worst of all, a musician like her father: the father Remy never knew, the father who wrote a famous song for her, the father who disappeared from her life.

Sarah Dessen’s most captivating novel yet introduces readers to a girl who believes her heart is made of stone—and the boy who proves her wrong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remy’s voice rings true with realistic dialogue and emotional traumas. Insightful writing, distinctive characters, and a contemporary scene where sex and music rule, compose a melody worth reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sarah Dessen’s characters are always finely drawn and those in This Lullaby are no exception. Remy’s bitter cynicism, the attitudes of her friends and family, and Dexter and his bandmates’ slightly off-kilter world [are] spot-on. Ali Ahn’s narration enhances the day-to-day realities of young adulthood and, at times, conveys a poignancy that is palpable. This audiobook will be popular with fans of realistic fiction and those who enjoy more-than-fluffy chick lit.”

    School Library Journal

  • “What is good about this book is the humor mixed with reality, with the honest portrayal of smart, articulate teenagers struggling to make sense of a world of nonsensical expectations. Remy, Dexter, and their friends and families are exasperating, funny, smart, and quite interesting.”


  • “This modern-day romance narrated by a cynical heroine offers a balance of wickedly funny moments and universal teen traumas…Those expecting a Cinderella finale for Remy will find a twist consistent with the plot’s development. Contrary to any such implication in the title, this one will keep teens up reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sarah Dessen’s adventure is enlivened by Ali Ahn’s favorable narration. Her youthful voice brings freshness to the production as she narrates 18-year-old Remy Starr's transformation from skeptic to true believer in love.”


  • A 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carli | 5/20/2011

    " If you loved the movie 'How To Deal' with Mandy Moore in it, you will love all of Sarah Dessen's novels. The movie is based off of The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby. Also I believe it is also based off of That Summer, and Someone Like You. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marly | 5/10/2011

    " THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE OF ALL HER BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marissa | 5/8/2011

    " I've always like Sarah Desson. This book didn't disappoint me either. I'd recommended this book to anyone as a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte | 5/7/2011

    " one of my all time favorite books now "

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