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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5 4.60 (10 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: June 2009 ISBN: 9781101079324
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A New York Times bestseller
She’s got it all figured out.
Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remy’s got a whole set of rules.
Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician.
But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules don’t seem to apply anymore.
Could it be that she’s starting to understand what all those love songs are about?
“Remy and Dexter jump off the pages into the hearts of readers, who will wish for a romance like this of their own.” —Booklist
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

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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 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 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 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 Charlotte | 5/7/2011

    " one of my all time favorite books now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/7/2011

    " My favorite Sarah Dessen book, I still remember the song in my head. "This lullaby is only a few words, a simple strain of chords..." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " Read this a long time ago. I have always loved Dessen's work. True to female nature and deals with real life issues and circumstances. Recommended to teen girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kami | 5/7/2011

    " I have read all the Sarah Dessen books. but this is my all time favorite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kourtnie | 5/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The whole time it kept me wanting more. Dessen is my favorite writer and this is hands down my favorite book. It's quirky and funny, heartwrenching and tear jerking. There was always something that was relatable to my life. I would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 5/5/2011

    " I didn't care about it until about 150 pages in, and then I all of a sudden I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/3/2011

    " I've been wanting to read Sarah Dessen books since some time ago and finally got to read one. I enjoyed this book a lot and for sure I will read more of her books. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the highly acclaimed author of many novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were the basis of the movie How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. She graduated with highest honors in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Narrator

Ali Ahn is a film, television, and voice actor. Her acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Ugly Betty, White Collar, and Zero Hour. She has also narrated numerous audio books, such as Honolulu by Alan Brennert, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.