Lock and Key

By Sarah Dessen
Publisher:Puffin, (5/14/2009)

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Ruby is used to taking care of herself. But now she’s living in a fancy new house with her sister Cora—a sister she hasn’t seen in ten years—and her husband Jamie—creator of one of the most popular online networking sites. She’s attending private school, wearing new clothes, and for the first time, feels the promise of a future that include college and her family. So why is she so wary? And what is Nate— the adorable and good-hearted boy next door— hiding behind his genial nature? As Ruby starts to see, there’s a big difference between being given help, and being able to accept it. And sometimes, in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.
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Ruby hasn’t had much success with family. Her father left; her protective older sister, Cora, left; and her boozing mother finally leaves, too. Ruby is alone until Cora learns of her situation and swoops in. Suddenly, Ruby finds herself living with Cora and her wealthy brother-in-law, attending  private school, and wondering just where she fits in. As in previous books, Dessen takes on a central theme—here the meaning of family—and spins many plots and subplots around it. Most prominent yet least successful is the thread about Cora’s  relationship with boy-next-door Nate, who rescues her when she needs it, but has difficulty accepting Ruby’s help, tentative at first, when she discovers he’s being physically abused. Nate seems too good to be true (as does Cora’s husband), while his father is a caricature. And one of the most important elements, the issue of the girls’ mother lying to them, gets lost. Despite the uneven narrative, Dessen’s  writing can be beautiful, and her story is involving. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 

As always, Dessen's characters live and breathe... sharp, clever, and honest -- School Library Journal

Dessen's tone...is invitingly non-threatening and will reward patient readers. -- Kirkus Reviews

The intricacy of relationships that is Dessen's signature shines here...[the] characters are pure pleasure to spend time with. -- Horn Book --This text refers to theHardcover edition. 

Dessen’s best since This Lullaby…it will captivate all readers.” —VOYA, highlighted review

All the Dessen trademarks are here. —Publishers Weekly, starred review 
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Sarah Dessen is the author of eight previous highly acclaimed novels for young readers, including the New York Times bestsellers Just Listen and Lock and Key. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 

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