The Boys of Dessen: Dexter

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Dexter stole my heart. From the moment he bumps (literally) into Remy at the car dealership and proclaims to her that he feels a bond, that he senses they were meant to be, he had me. I mean, who does that?! Who goes up to a person you see from across the room and tells them that?! Dexter, that’s who. Anytime he’s on the page, you are guaranteed to smile, or like me, giggle like a schoolgirl with a crush. He’s cute, tall, skinny and gangly with dark curly hair, which you would think is not all that attractive, but he’s the type of guy who’s personality makes him attractive. He’s sociable, carefree, kindhearted, sweet, smart, and funny. He’s very perceptive when it comes to other people, especially Remy. He loves to throw down ridiculous, random challenges, like, “I bet you can’t eat 10 bananas. Do you accept this challenge?” Dexter is the lead singer of a band called Truth Squad, which, no lie, automatically makes him sexy in my book. For these reasons, and a lot more that I can’t give away, Dexter is hands down my favorite Sarah Dessen guy.

Favorite Dexter scene (or one of…):

“Plastic ware,” he said slowly, “like knives and forks and spoons?”

I brushed a bit of dirt off the back of my car—was that a scratch?—and said casually, “Yeah, I guess. Just the basics, you know.”

“Did you need plastic ware?” he asked.

I shrugged.

“Because,” he went on, and I fought the urge to squirm, “it’s so funny, because I need plastic ware. Badly.”

“Can we go inside, please?” I asked, slamming the trunk shut. “It’s hot out here.”

He looked at the bag again, then at me. And then, slowly, the smile I knew and dreaded crept across his face. “You bought me plastic ware,” he said. “Didn’t you?”

“No,” I growled, picking at my license plate.

“You did!” he hooted, laughing out loud. “You bought me some forks. And knives. And spoons. Because—”

“No,” I said loudly.

“—you love me!” He grinned, as if he’d solved the puzzler for all time, as I felt a flush creep across my face. Stupid Lissa. I could have killed her.

“It was on sale,” I told him again, as if this was some kind of an excuse.

“You love me,” he said simply, taking the bag and adding it to the others.

“Only seven bucks,” I added, but he was already walking away, so sure of himself. “It was on clearance, for God’s sake.”

“Love me,” he called out over his shoulder, in a singsong voice. “You. Love. Me.”

Yes, Dexter. I.Totally.Love.You. Le sigh.

And here’s a quote from this book that’s always stayed with me:

“I can say I made a lot of mistakes, but I don’t regret things. Because at least I didn’t spend a life standing outside, wondering what living would be like.”

Here is the synopsis for This Lullaby:

“When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?”


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Now Closed.


Jess @ Gone with the Words

35 Responses to “The Boys of Dessen: Dexter”

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    Farrah @ I Eat Words

    Omg! We're like Wednesday Post Twins! We made a post about the boys of Sarah's world. Well, it's more set up like a quiz–see all their personality traits and pick which guy you could see yourself with from those traits. :) But I really like that this post focused on one guy, because I totally pick Dexter! Ah, and I <3 the picture you picked for him: tall, lean, gawky, yet sexy.

    I LOVE that scene you picked, too! He's so funny. :)

    I love this book SO much, and I hope your winner does too!


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      Isn't that guy in the picture Dexter in the flesh?!?! I was like, “Holy crap! That's Dexter!” Down to the dark, curly hair, to his build. I love it! Glad you approve, since I KNOW you love him best, too! :)

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    Briana @ BreesBooks

    My favorite Dessen boy too! And my favorite Dessen book, for that matter. And the scene you picked is also one of my favorites.

    Can you tell I love (and agree with) this post x9274572957? :)

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    You have me all excited reading this, since I just started this book :) It's my first Sarah Dessen book. It should be lunch time already so I can read-lol

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    You just reminded me why Dexter is my favorite!!! In real like or even in other books I probably wouldn't choose him as a love interest, but he is just so different, weird, and cute! :)

    And really, who does that?!

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      LOL! You know, I don't think I'd choose him in real life either, but the thing about Dexter is he would mostly likely choose you as he did with Remy. He's pretty persistent if he likes you!

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      Uhm…I just realized I wasn't following yours either. Double fail. I think it's because we've been twitter friends for so long that we just assumed, lol. Following now!! :D

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    Katelyn Torrey

    Ok I got the comments to work! Heck yeah! I love this idea for the “Boys of Sarah Dessen.” Dexter is a close second to Wes. His personality is so wacky, fun and quirky. I just love it!

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    This post made me love Dexter. The plastic ware quote? It made me smile. Wasn't Dexter always with untied shoe laces? And he has guts to go and introduce himself to a girl in a car dealership.

    But I'm sticking with Eli, for now… if you don't change my mind. :)

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      Well, there is still 4 more days of boys to come! Eli is last. There may still be room to change your miiiiind! :D Eli's great though, so I don't blame you.

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    This is one of my favorite books of all time! I LOVE Dexter, he is just adorable and how can anyone hate him?? It's funny I saw the link for this lullaby and i automcially think of that scene with the spoons and literally lol-ed when I saw that was the scene you picked!! I'm seriously enjoying your boys of dessen!! :)
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    Hira Hasnain

    I love Dexter the most! I fell in love with the character without ever reading the book. I loved the character SO much, in fact, that I offered “This Lullaby” as part of my first giveaway on my blog – when I hadn't had the privilege to even read the book myself. I am so enjoying this series of posts that you did for Sarah Dessen week, and thank you for this amazing giveaway opportunity! :)

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    Patty K.

    The teaser you posted made me smile! This seems like a good book to start reading by Sarah Dessen. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Patty K.

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    The main reason why I think he's such a great Dessen boy is because he was so akward,I mean who would'nt be with a name like Dexter?

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    Your description of him makes me want to read this book even more! I just finished Just Listen and This Lullaby is next on my list. Who is the guy in the picture??

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      Haha, I love Just Listen, but this one is probably my favorite. :) I don’t know who the guy is, I just found the picture through a google search, but he definitely embodies Dexter for me!

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