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Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key (edition 2012)

by Sarah Dessen

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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

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Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen


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too much inner musing on blindingly obvious answers to what family means. but it was a sweet tale that maybe could have succeeded at half the length it was. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
The Best of Sarah Dessen that I've read so far. ( )
  AmyJ71 | Jun 20, 2017 |
This is by far the best book i've read that deals with issues concerning teenagers. Sarah Dessen is a wonderful writer who knows what she's addressing through the story's characters- Ruby, Nate, Cora and Jamie!

When life seems to throw you high up with no support system or that close-confidante who's your sister, what happens? You start believing that you are strong and capable of taking care of yourself although you need a guide.

Cora's involvement in Ruby's life as the elder sister and the assumed role of a protector is identifiable and universal. Its heart warming when you receive opportunities and people-(your family) love you despite your flaws! The strength of the book lies in the family ties. They are recognizable instantly.

This teen book is wonderful in every sense and it would be great if we give more love, sympathy and attention to their issues.

Here's my most favorite part of the book.

“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.”

Nice to read something so good on family after a long time. ( )
  Sharayu_Gangurde | Jan 19, 2017 |
It is hard to read these type of books due to the disturbing realism, but we care about characters like Ruby because they face difficult odds, and come out on top, and we need modern heroic characters who do that. I would reccommend this book to middle and high school readers. ( )
  TLDennis | Jul 27, 2016 |
Lock and Key follows Ruby’s journey as she learns what it means to have family and friends that care about her, and what the definition of family is. Due to the realistic component of the novel, students will be instantly drawn to Ruby and will feel connected to her throughout her journey within the story.
  BuoyR | Jul 22, 2016 |
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For Leigh Feldman, for seeing me through this time, every time. And to Jay, always waiting on the other side.
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"And finally," Jamie said as he pushed the door open, "we come to the main event. Your room."
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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?
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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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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)

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