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Lock and Key

Dessen, Sarah

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lock and Key
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When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2009
ISBN: 0142414727
Branch Call Number: FICTION Des
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 22 cm

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Lock and Key is one of the many great books by Sarah Dessen that deals with family struggles, falling in love for the first time, and finding out who you are and who you really want to be.
Ruby is a high school girl who looks ordinary on the out side, but struggles with a lot on the inside. Her mother is an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, and she cannot remember her father. When social security removes Ruby from her mother because they say she is not safe at home, she is forced to move in with her older sister Cora and her new fiancé Jamie. She has to go to a new private school, and has a new neighbour, Nate, who she slowly gets closer with, throughout the book. Throughout the story, Ruby begins to find out what she really wants to do in her life, and finds out where her true home really is.
I liked this book because it teaches young people that even though change can be scary, like moving to a new school or losing a family member, it can also be good, and can have a positive impact on your future. The book is very well written, and was a fast and easy read. I liked the title because throughout the book, Ruby keeps her feelings and emotions hidden, like she is keeping them 'locked'. As new characters are introduced and Ruby becomes closer with more people, she opens up to them more, giving them a 'key' to her locked emotions. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good unpredictable love story.

i liked but i didn't love it , it had many good points in it ut someting fell a liitle short for me

i love sarah dessen's books i caan read them again and again!

Jan 04, 2014
  • MissLillieBear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lock and Key is suprisingly a pretty good read but i wished it moved a little quicker 'cas reading about Ruby and Nate was really fustrating, like just kiss her already. Of coarse it happend but it was kinda heartbreaking and then it was happily ever after, well kinda. But overall it was a good read. Falling in love with Sarah Dessens books now. Hope she doesn't dissapoint.

haven't read it yet sounds good

Dec 06, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Why are there not more books like this out there? Sarah Dessen has always played second fiddle to Deb Caletti for me, because as we all know I am an unapologetic fangirl for anything Deb Caletti has written. That being said, this is the first Dessen novel that I've read that I feel is absolutely on par with any of Caletti's novels and would definitely give some competition for my favourite contemporary YA lit. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Jul 10, 2013
  • olive_lion_9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

MUST READ!!!! LOVED IT!

Jun 10, 2013
  • albeart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This one of the best books I have every read! It is an awesome story about the meaning of family, relationships, and starting over. I will be reading more of Sarah's books now!

Jun 01, 2013
  • googleymonster rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book! It was my first Sarah Dessen novel, and I LOOOOVEDDDD IT!!!!!!! The way she writes is honestly one of my favorite styles ever... so emotional and brutally honest. One of my YA writer idols!
<3
#BookLover

Mar 26, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another huge success from Sarah Dessen, this time examining the many ways in which a family can be formed and viewed.

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Jul 10, 2013
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Jun 10, 2013
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Aug 14, 2012
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May 25, 2012
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Nov 22, 2011
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diamantaluvs2read thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 40

Nov 07, 2011
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Oct 10, 2011
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Sep 17, 2011
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Jul 11, 2013
  • olive_lion_9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Later, up in my room, I kept thinking about this, the idea of distance and accomplishment. The further you go, the more you have to be proud of. At the same time, in order to come a long way, you have to be behind to begin with. In the end, though, maybe it's not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all." - Ruby

Jun 10, 2013
  • albeart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"In the lead up to the ceremony (graduation) I'd received endless paperwork and e-mails about getting tickets for family, and all the rules and regulations about how many we were allowed to reserve. In the end, I'd taken four, for Cora and Jamie, Reggie and Harriet. Not all family, but if there was one thing I'd learned over these last few months, it was that this was a flexible definition." -
Ruby

Mar 26, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have my family of origin, which is you and Mom. And then Jamie's family, my family of marriage. And hopefully, I'll have another family, as well. Our family, that we make. Me and Jamie... Family isn't something that's supposed to be static or set. People marry in, divorce out. They're born, they die. It's always evolving, turning into something else.

May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"looking down at the pond, all i could think was that it is an incredibly thing, how a whole world can rise from what seems like nothing at all."- Rudy"change your way"

Nov 22, 2011
  • diamantaluvs2read rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"looking down at the pond, all i could think was that it is an incredibly thing, how a whole world can rise from what seems like nothing at all."- Rudy

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Jun 10, 2013
  • albeart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Ruby is abandoned by her mother, her sister and brother-in-law take her in. She soon discovers the true meaning of family and relationships while starting a new life.

May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

all i want to do is have fun.Ruby, 17, is taken in by her older sister and brother-in-law when her mother abandons her. Ruby and her sister haven't spoken since Cora left for college a decade earlier. She moves from a semi-heated, semi-lighted farmhouse to a McMansion in a gated community. The theme of abandonment permeates the narrative-Ruby's mother's disappearance, Cora's perceived abandonment, and all of the small abandonments around every corner throughout Ruby's life. The plot hinges luxuriously on character arc. Ruby's drama of pathological self-reliance to eventual trust plays out through thoughtful, though occasionally heavy-handed, inner monologue and metaphor. As always, Dessen's characters live and breathe. Ruby's sweet hipster brother-in-law and Nate, the freakishly affable hottie next door, are especially vivid, and Cora's change from bitter control freak to sympathetic co-protagonist is subtle and seamless. Though Ruby and Nate don't have quite the cinematic chemistry of many of Dessen's couples, their cautious friendship into romance seems that much more realistic. The author's feel for setting is as uncanny as ever, and Ruby's descriptions of the homogenous nouveau riche Anytown are sharp, clever, and honest. The dialogue, especially between Ruby and Cora, is crisp, layered, and natural. The slow unfolding adds to an anticipatory mood. What's more, secrets and situations revealed in the second half of the novel are resolved more believably by already deeply developed characters. Recommend this one to patient, sophisticated readers.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library

Mar 10, 2011
  • princess555 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ruby, 17, is taken in by her older sister and brother-in-law when her mother abandons her. Ruby and her sister haven't spoken since Cora left for college a decade earlier. She moves from a semi-heated, semi-lighted farmhouse to a McMansion in a gated community. The theme of abandonment permeates the narrative-Ruby's mother's disappearance, Cora's perceived abandonment, and all of the small abandonments around every corner throughout Ruby's life. The plot hinges luxuriously on character arc. Ruby's drama of pathological self-reliance to eventual trust plays out through thoughtful, though occasionally heavy-handed, inner monologue and metaphor. As always, Dessen's characters live and breathe. Ruby's sweet hipster brother-in-law and Nate, the freakishly affable hottie next door, are especially vivid, and Cora's change from bitter control freak to sympathetic co-protagonist is subtle and seamless. Though Ruby and Nate don't have quite the cinematic chemistry of many of Dessen's couples, their cautious friendship into romance seems that much more realistic. The author's feel for setting is as uncanny as ever, and Ruby's descriptions of the homogenous nouveau riche Anytown are sharp, clever, and honest. The dialogue, especially between Ruby and Cora, is crisp, layered, and natural. The slow unfolding adds to an anticipatory mood. What's more, secrets and situations revealed in the second half of the novel are resolved more believably by already deeply developed characters. Recommend this one to patient, sophisticated readers.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library

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