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With its deceptively simple summer romance plot, this book documents adolescent life with perception and acuity…sure to become another favorite of high school readers. Contrary to any such implication in the title, this one will keep teens up reading. So that, in one sentence, is how my publisher sums up This Lullaby, my new novel.
The above sentence is much, much better. Trust me. There are few things I can tell you about this book. Most of my other narrators are quieter, more introspective types: they hang back watching everything, processing it, and reporting on the drama of their showier, more outgoing friends. I was kind of struggling with my writing last winter and one of my friends, trying to help, said something about how maybe I should try something different.
Maybe you should write from that point of view, just for a change. So I sat down, tossed up one of those Oh Well looks that always precedes a novel, and out came Remy. Just like that, I could see her. Hear her. She was kind of bitchy, kind of cold, and was sure she had everything figured out. This Lullaby is also, essentially, a love story.
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. 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. There you have it. Five paragraphs to say what someone else can summarize in a single sentence. But then again, I always overexplain. What else can you expect in This Lullaby? Diet Coke comes up quite a bit.
Buy the book. Buy the ebook. All rights reserved. The Truth About Forever.
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.
In Sarah’s Words
With its deceptively simple summer romance plot, this book documents adolescent life with perception and acuity…sure to become another favorite of high school readers. Contrary to any such implication in the title, this one will keep teens up reading. So that, in one sentence, is how my publisher sums up This Lullaby, my new novel. The above sentence is much, much better. Trust me.