Great! I heard that Dessen is a really good author, and I’ll have to agree. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of her books. The ending isn’t quite my style but it works.
“Raised by a mother who’s had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.” Dessen’s publisher
I love the main character’s name, Remy. So cool. Maybe not cool to be named after an alcoholic beverage (namely rum), but cool-sounding and distinctive as a name.
from Dessen’s site: “you always have these dynamic friends in your books. Maybe you should write from that point of view, just for a change.” She [Remy] was kind of bitchy, kind of cold, and was sure she had everything figured out. I couldn’t wait to see her proved wrong.
Plus it’s a summer book: set in that wonderful stretch from June to August when it just seems like everything is possible. Dreamland, my last book, had been so heavy, so emotional. I was ready for something a little lighter, but that still had something to say.
Basically, this is a story about faith. Faith in love (bear with me here) and just faith in general. Remy’s tragic flaw, of sorts, is that she’s afraid to take a chance on something she can’t guarantee. She wants hard proof, facts, a mathematical equation where X equals Y, before she’ll even begin to think about taking any kind of risk. But what she learns—what we all learn, eventually—is that the living is in the leaping. Sometimes, you just have to close your eyes, and jump.”
My all time favorite part: when Dexter finds the silverware in Remy’s car. That is the best.
This lullaby is only a few words,
A simple run of chords
Quiet here in this spare room
But you can hear it, hear it
Wherever you may go
Even if I let you down
This lullaby plays on . . .