Author: Sarah Dessen
Published Date: April 22nd, 2008
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.
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REVIEW (Might Contain Spoilers)After having your entire life uprooted and turned upside down, 17 year old Ruby Cooper finds a new definition of what family is. She's been abandoned by the only person she thought she had left, her mom and now she has no where to go but to move in with her sister Cora, who she has not seen in 10 years and is happily married to the nicest guy in the world Jamie. She knows she's suppose to see it as a blessing, her sister can provide for her and give her a new start, but will Ruby open up and accept the help or will she run, like she always had before. A book about finding the good in people and most importantly yourself, Lock and Key tells a story of a girl who learns to find what family is really about, the good and the bad.
I have always been a sucker for Sarah Dessen novels. The girl with the drama and a cute boy to help her find her way - not always but this is usually how it goes in Dessen novels.