Lock and Key

Lock and Key

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A New York Times bestseller Unlock your heart and the rest will follow. Ruby is used to taking care of herself. But now that she's living with her sister, she's got her own room, she's going to a good school, and her future looks bright. Plus there's the adorable boy next door. Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in? "All the Dessen trademarks here" --Publishers Weekly, starred review Also by Sarah Dessen: Along for the RideDreamlandJust ListenKeeping the MoonThe Moon and MoreSomeone Like YouThat SummerThis LullabyThe Truth About ForeverWhat Happened to Goodbyeshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 422 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 40.64mm | 521.63g
  • Penguin Young Readers Group
  • New York, NY, Australia
  • English
  • 067001088X
  • 9780670010882
  • 511,515

About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal. Dessen's books are frequently chosen for the Teens' Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association. Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.show more

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DessenAEs best since This Lullabyait will captivate all readers.o uVOYA, highlighted review All the Dessen trademarks are here. uPublishers Weekly, starred reviewshow more

Review Text

Overlong but easygoing piece about a girl shifting from defensive solitude to connection. Social Services doesn't allow Ruby to stay alone in the yellow house for very long after her mother disappears, instead placing her with older sister Cora and Cora's unflappably sweet husband. Having failed in an attempt to run away the first night, Ruby decides to wait out the year until she turns 18 and can be alone forever. The narrative arc is predictable: Ruby's new school is full of rich kids but she makes friends anyway; Cora's initial coldness is actually steady loyalty (and Cora never really deserted the family long ago - mom lied); the abused boy next door is outgoing and helpful, but he needs to learn the same lesson about trust that Ruby does. The key Ruby pragmatically wears as a necklace becomes a widespread jewelry fad, just one of many unsubtle symbols and forced messages. Sentences overflow with extra clauses and unnecessary details, contributing to the book's length. Dessen's tone, however, is invitingly non-threatening and will reward patient readers. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Rating details

124,973 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 38% (46,945)
4 34% (42,917)
3 22% (26,971)
2 5% (6,275)
1 1% (1,865)

Our customer reviews

This was my very first Sarah Dessen book, and as far as first impressions go, I enjoyed her style of writing, and her ability to make her characters seem realistic. I didn't take to Ruby's character at first-but I found that refreshing. I respected her more than I liked her, and I felt like that gave me a strong foundation to build on as she started to evolve. Towards the middle of the book, I moved beyond respect and was leaning more towards admiration. Sarah Dessen managed to create a character that had beyond a valid reason to be completely bitter and cynical, but didn't chose that road. Instead she chose weariness and caution, and even when she began to trust the world she got thrown into, didn't conform to stereotypical "teenage" behaviour. Sarah's writing style is so beautifully not in your face, and I found myself just wanting to stay immersed in the settings she placed her characters in-and I mean the literal, concrete, wood and grass setting that was Ruby's sister's house. There aren't many books that could put me that close to character's heel, physically. I was IN that house with Ruby, I felt that breeze blowing in from balcony, smell the grass and the pond just down below. Oh man, just writing this is putting me right back there-Sarah Dessen is a natural born descriptive artist, and I loved that this book was able to allow me such a feeling. The storyline wasn't anything spectacular, but the quality and care in which she crafted her words made me appreciate the way it played out. There were just enough characters and just the right amount of situations-good and bad-to bring me to the end feeling satisfied. I loved Nate and Olivia's characters-I think they lent a lot to Ruby's mind state, without being too aggressive or unrealistic. I think me and Sarah's books are in the beginning stages of something really great, and I can't wait to pick up another one of her books.show more
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