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Contributor(s): Dessen, Sarah
ISBN: 0142501557     ISBN-13: 9780142501559
Publisher: Speak
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: March 2004
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Annotation: This "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year from the acclaimed author of "Dreamland" is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who's determined to soften her up.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2004107582
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 352 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 59717
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q33245
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesnt mess around. After all, shes learned all there is to know from her mother, whos currently working on husband number five. But theres something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remys rules. He certainly doesnt "seem" like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just cant seem to shake him. Could it be that Remys 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 whos determined to soften her up.

Contributor Bio(s): rah Dessen is the award-winning author of five novels for young adults and is a writing teacher at the University of North Carolina.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall)
Remy's cynical attitude toward relationships has been shaped mainly by her mom's three failed marriages (and the unofficial union with Remy's late father). Yet from the moment gangly, disheveled Dexter hits on this self-described ice-queen, it's obvious he will be the one to defrost her. While the melting happens too gradually in this overlong novel, there's enough to keep readers engaged while it occurs. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2002 #4)
Remy's mother writes romance novels, but that isn't the kind of fiction Remy appreciates. Her cynical attitude toward relationships has been shaped mainly by her mom's three failed marriages (not counting the unofficial union with Remy's late father). "People weren't meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say" is Remy's credo, and she seems to be sticking with it. Yet from the moment gangly, disheveled Dexter hits on this self-described ice queen, it's obvious he will be the one to defrost her. While the melting happens too gradually in this over-long novel, there's enough to keep readers engaged while it occurs. Dessen is a keen observer of strip mall and mini-mart suburban culture, and her setting details always ring true, down to the extra-large sodas Remy and friends consume in mass quantities and fling at people who piss them off. Sometimes the characters seem more like amalgamations of traits rather than full-fledged individuals: Dexter and his band mates, for example, never really evolve beyond resembling a litter of not-quite-housebroken puppies. But, with Remy's narrative, Dessen puts forth a credible control-freak's-eye view of love and shows why it leaves a lot of rewarding experiences and emotions out of the picture. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 May #3)
This modern-day romance narrated by a cynical heroine offers a balance of wickedly funny moments and universal teen traumas. High school graduate Remy has some biting commentary about love, including her romance-writer mother's betrothal to a car dealer ("He put one hand on my shoulder, Dad-style, and I tried not to remember all the stepfathers before him that had done the same thing.... They all thought they were permanent, too") and her brother's infatuation with self-improvement guru Jennifer Anne. But when rocker Dexter "crashes" into her life, her resolve to remain unattached starts to crack. Readers will need to hold on to their hats as they accompany Remy on her whirlwind ride, avoiding, circling and finally surrendering to Cupid's arrows. Almost as memorable as her summer romance with a heartwarmingly flawed suitor is the cast of idiosyncratic characters who watch from the sidelines. There's the trio of Remy's faithful girlfriends, all addicted to "Xtra Large Zip" Diet Cokes practical-minded Jess, weepy Lissa, and Chloe, who shares Remy's dark sense of humor as well as Dexter's entourage of fellow band members, as incompetent at managing money as they are at keeping their rental house clean. 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. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 April)
Gr 9 Up-Remy's parents split up before she was born, her boyfriend is cheating on her, and her ever-hopeful mother is about to tie the knot for the fifth time. The teen's wry, humorous voice is the best part of this heartfelt novel, which takes her through the summer before she starts college and, she hopes, a brand-new life; her spirited commentary will keep readers entertained. Remy's father, a musician who died shortly after her birth, left behind a popular song with lyrics that include the line, "I will let you down." It's no surprise, then, that her rules for relationships aim to keep the boys in her life at arm's length. Then she meets Dexter, a scruffy but lovable musician who seems capable of knocking down her carefully constructed defenses as their rocky romance progresses. Remy's relationships with her friends and family are realistic and believable. However, aspects of her past life-a rape followed by a period of promiscuity, drinking, and drug use-are not fleshed out and don't quite ring true. The Remy readers encounter is for the most part mature, organized, and responsible, more so than the adults in her life, and it is not clear when and why she abandoned her self-destructive behavior. On the whole, though, this is a winning story about coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.