Thursday, March 8, 2012

Speed Date with Ruby: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Hi everyone, toady I'm doing something a little bit different. I'm participating in a thing called Speed Dating-with reviews. It's hosted by Mary over at The Book Swarm. The purpose is to tell your thoughts about the book in about 150 words. I think it's a fantastic idea! Go check out her blog to participate.

Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: April 22, 2008
Source: Bought
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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


Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Hey! Thanks for speed dating with me! *clinks glass filled with frosty beverage*

Sarah Dessen is a great romance writer, perfect for YA, and I really like Lock and Key. I agree about the pacing--a little slow in places though I see that in a lot of straight-up romances, for some reason.

Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favourite authors!!! I love her work! I haven't read this one yet but I really want too. The characters sound great and the slow pacing is a bit of a bummer but I still want to read it. Great review :)

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