Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Posted May 8, 2017 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking's Children's Books on April 22nd 2008
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Penguin Random House LLC

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.



Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen brought so many feels. There are so many changes in life that you have no control over and Sarah Dessen really explored this. Ruby is turning 18 in a few months, but before she can get there her mother abandons her. Ruby ends up living with her estranged sister.

I really enjoyed this story because I am currently going through my own changes in life that are out for my control. Ruby’s story touched my soul. I totally understand wanting a safe place and wanting to keep something normal. Ruby grew a lot in this book and I enjoyed her character growth.

Dessen did a wonderful job with this story. She brought perspective and empathy. I really enjoyed Lock and Key. #ReadADessen this month. You won’t regret it.



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About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

3 responses to “Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

  1. Kristy Petree

    I haven’t read any of Sarah Dessen’s books yet, but I’ve heard good things from friends. Thanks for hosting.

  2. Thanks for the sharing. Definitely I would like to share my views on this book. Changing life always bring new challenges and hope the ways are well defined in this book.

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