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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...
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...
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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




  • From the book Chapter Eight

    “Don't you give me no rotten tomato, cause all I ever wanted was your sweet potato.” Dexter stopped as the music did. Now, all we could hear was the fridge rattling and Monkey snoring. “Okay, so what else rhymes with potato?”Ted strummed his guitar, looking at the ceiling. On the couch by the refrigerator, John Miller rolled over, his red head bonking the wall.

    “Anybody?” Dexter asked.

    “Well,” Lucas said, crossing his legs, “it depends on if you want a real rhyme, or a pseudo rhyme.”

    Dexter looked at him. “Pseudo rhyme,” he repeated.“A real rhyme,” Lucas began, in what I already recognized as his eggbert voice, “is tomato. But you could easily tack an o onto another word and make a rhyme of it, even if it's not grammatically correct. Like, say, relate-o. Or abate-o.”

    “Don't you give me no rotten tomato,” Dexter sang, “just 'cause to your crazy shit I cannot relate-o.”

    Silence. Ted plucked out another chord, then tightened a string.

    “Needs work,” Lucas said. “But I think we're getting somewhere.”

    “Can you all just please shut up,” John Miller moaned from the couch, his voice muffled. “I'm trying to sleep.”

    “It's two in the afternoon, and this is the kitchen,” Ted told him. “Go someplace else or quit bitching.”

    “Boys, boys,” Dexter said.

    Ted sighed. “People, we need to focus on this. I want 'The Potato Opus' to be ready for that show next week.”

    “'The Potato Opus'?” Lucas said. “Is that what it's called now?”

    “Can you think of something better?”

    Lucas was quiet for a second. “Nope,” he said finally. “Sure can't.”

    “Then shut the hell up.” Ted picked up the guitar. “From the top, first verse, with feeling.”

    And so it went. Another day at the yellow house, where I'd been spending a fair amount of my free time lately. Not that I liked the setting, particularly; the place was a total dump, mostly because four guys lived there and none of them had ever been introduced formally to a bottle of Lysol. There was rotting food in the fridge, something black and mildewy growing on the shower tiles, and some sort of unidentifiable rank smell coming from beneath the back deck. Only Dexter's room was decent, and that was because I had my limits. When I found a pair of dirty underwear under a couch cushion, or had to fight the fruit flies in the kitchen that were always swarming the garbage can, I at least could take comfort in the fact that his bed was made, his CDs stacked alphabetically, and the plug-in air freshener was working its pink, rose-shaped little heart out. All of this work on my part was a small price to pay, I figured, for my sanity.

    Which, in truth, had been sorely tested lately, ever since my mother had returned from her honeymoon and set up her new marriage under our shared roof. All through the spring we'd had workmen passing through, hauling drywall and windows and tracking sawdust across the floors. They'd knocked out the wall of the old den, extending it into the backyard, and added a new master suite, complete with a new bathroom featuring a sunken tub and side-by-side sinks separated by blocks of colored glass. Crossing over the threshold into what Chris and I had named “the new wing” was like entering an entirely different house, which was pretty much my mother's intention. It was her matched set, with a new bedroom, a new husband, and new carpet. Her life was perfect. But as was often the case, the rest of us were still adjusting.

    One problem was Don's stuff. Being...


  • DOGO Books ikyra_marie - Fantastic book that makes you want to read more and more and more.Remy goes through a rollercoaster between her mom's fifth marriage which ends in disaster and her boyfriend Dexter which also ends near the closing of the story.Liked it overall.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 3, 2004
    According to PW
    's starred review, "This modern-day romance narrated by a cynical heroine offers a balance of wickedly funny moments and universal teen traumas." Ages 12-up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 20, 2002
    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.

  • Library Journal

    March 2, 2009
    Remy has two relationship rules: get out before you get attached, and never fall in love with a musician. She has good reason to lock her heart-she never knew her dad, though he wrote a famous song about her, and she's supposed to be planning her mother's fourth wedding. Then comes Dexter, who embodies everything she hates, so he's the only boy who can thaw her icy facade. For fans of Say Anything (starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, 1989). Why It Is for Us: Legions of teen girls have made Dessen a serial best-selling author with her stories of troubled girls and the boys who love them. Reading them is like watching a Saturday afternoon teen movie marathon. This is my personal favorite. [The hardcover was published in 2002.]

    Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal "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."

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