Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date/Publisher: June 2012 by Speak (first published April 22nd 2008)
Finished: April 22nd 2013
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.
What I thought:
This was another great book by Sarah Dessen! It really focuses more on the development of the character, and mixes in some romance.
Ruby has gone through so much growing up, especially when you read more about her mother, who was pretty much barely even there for her. When she disappears yet again and hasn’t returned in a while, Ruby tries to get on with her life, living on her own and going to school until she can legally do it all when she’s 18.
Ruby’s very independent and doesn’t want to rely on anyone, let alone even get close to them. She just wants to be free and on her own, alone. When she’s caught trying to survive in a house by herself, she goes to live with her older sister who hasn’t had contact with her since she left for college. Ruby doesn’t want to be there at all, but once she starts to live differently and she talks to other people, the more she starts to change just a little bit. She not only learns more about herself but she makes friends and begins to care more for others. She also learns what family really means, and that part I really loved reading about. The romance was also really cute, although not as big a focus in this book, but there wasn’t an issue with that at all.
I really liked this book, it was different than what I thought it would be when I picked it up but it was very well written and a great story about change. Make sure to check it out!