Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key (edition 2012)

by Sarah Dessen

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,7201262,169 (3.98)78
Title:Lock and Key
Authors:Sarah Dessen
Info:Speak (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:individuality, family, love, happiness, friendship, hope, choices

Work details

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 78 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 126 (next | show all)
The book I have just finished was titled Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. In this fiction novel of Ruby’s life we see her change and evolve as a person in life. When she was only five years old her father left her mother. Ten years later her mom is still suffering with alcoholism, a lack of self esteem, and many other issues. She trys fixing it but this only leads to abuse, and many job losses until she finally abandoned Ruby one day. Ruby is then forced to live with her sister Cora and her husband Jamie. While living with them she understands the importance of family and love. By the end of the story she has developed into a fine young lady herself. None of that would have been possible without the help of her loving sister and husband.
With many added elements of love, hatred, and everything in between I would highly recommend this book. Sarah Dessen adds many key features to this book. Every chapter kept me interested in what was happening. She writes in a way that makes the book easy to understand, which I enjoy. Sarah keeps you always wondering what's next. I would rate this book a total of a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only reason I would not give it that extra half of a star is because I would not consider it the perfect book. Although Sarah Dessen is an outstanding author, and this book was close to perfection, I didn’t feel it was quite there.
  AnBr14 | Apr 12, 2015 |
The best Sarah Dessen book for me. ( )
  Kristinukas | Mar 10, 2015 |
must read young adults and teens!!!
  hannah7248 | Jan 21, 2015 |
This was the first book I ever read by Sarah Dessen and honestly it's still one of my favorites by her. It's easy to relate with the main character and to fall in love with the story and how she finds herself. ( )
  Ariana723 | Aug 24, 2014 |
Ahhh--a high school angst book without the bullies and nasty "let's stuff them in a locker" routine or "who is sleeping with who". Considering it is a preppy high school I find that hard to believe, but it was a breath of fresh air.
And the gal needs a break from the freako Mom who abandoned her so that she was living on her own for 2 months before anyone noticed. She moves in with an older sister who had distanced herself from the family and had made a sucess of her life with a bazillionaire husband who invented a facebook type ap. Once you get past all the snarkiness of her (and she does realize her life isn't as good as she had thought on her own) it is a pretty good read about changing your life without someone changing it for you. ( )
  FaithLibrarian | Aug 20, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 126 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Leigh Feldman, for seeing me through this time, every time. And to Jay, always waiting on the other side.
First words
"And finally," Jamie said as he pushed the door open, "we come to the main event. Your room."
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Lock and Key is about girl named Ruby who has lived with her mom all her life. Then suddenly her mom leaves her and Ruby is forced to live with her sister Cora. Ruby is overwhelmed by all the fancy things that now surround her. Ruby, a complicated and independent girl, is reluctant to learn about the new world she lives in now. A close friend of hers is facing a similar situation like Ruby’s; will Ruby be able to give her friend the help that she never got?
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142414727, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:56 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
3 avail.
179 wanted
5 pay6 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.98)
0.5 1
1 3
1.5 1
2 28
2.5 6
3 130
3.5 54
4 278
4.5 46
5 197


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,849,528 books! | Top bar: Always visible