Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: April 22, 2008
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Summary: Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.
Review: Lock and Key has to be one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books. I love just about everything about it. I loved the characters so much when I read it. Ruby was a little hard to relate to at first but as you learn more about her, you grow to love her! The supporting characters were almost better then Ruby. There's the next door neighbor, Nate, and Ruby's sister and her husband to Ruby's friends at school and the mall. They were all fantastic.
The one thing that could have been a little better about Lock and Key was the pacing. It could be a tad tedious to read in some spots but I was still intrigued by the story line and how things would play out for Ruby. It helped that I love Dessen's writing, too!
Lock and Key is a Sarah Dessen book that you won't want to miss because of the awesome characters!
Rating: 4.5 stars