Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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A New York Times bestseller

Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.

Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she’s living with her sister, she’s got her own room, she’s going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there’s the adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

“All the Dessen trademarks here” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
 

About Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is the author of seven previous novels for young adults, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Just Listen," She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 
Published April 22, 2008 by Speak. 444 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Social Services doesn’t allow Ruby to stay alone in the yellow house for very long after her mother disappears, instead placing her with older sister Cora and Cora’s unflappably sweet husband.

Apr 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

Publishers Weekly

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Dessen (Just Listen ; see Profile) inverts a familiar fairy tale: What if Cinderella got the prince, the castle and all its accoutrements, but wasn't remotel

Feb 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

Examiner

To Ruby, these are her realities, and so she deals with them accordingly, no need for overly dramatic tantrums, tears or screaming matches—Dessen manages to strike a balance between giving these topics their deserved gravity and highlighting their solutions and the light at the end.

Jan 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

Examiner

When Nathan Cross asks Ruby this exact question when they meet for the first time, and it was while she was climbing over the fence into his yard while he was swimming in the pool, Ruby is faced with the daunting reality that her life is about to change, and this time, for the better.

Jul 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

The Bookbag

Summary: A great book for teens featuring a strong main character struggling with life after being abandoned by her mother.

Feb 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

Teen Reads

She left Ruby and her erratic mother for college, and Ruby had not heard from her since, except to receive a notice that she graduated.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

Common Sense Media

i've read almost all her books and reccommend her books all the time to my friends.

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Common Sense Media

I love the books that she writes and mostly i can relate.

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Common Sense Media

i've read almost all her books and reccommend her books all the time to my friends.

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Common Sense Media

Inspired parents and teachers can use this book to talk about a wide variety of issues, such as abuse, teen sexual relationships, and drinking -- and who they count in their own "family."

Apr 22 2008 | Read Full Review of Lock and Key

SBY Teens

Realizing that she is under eighteen and that the next step would be foster care Ruby does her best to hide the fact that she is on her own but eventually her landlords discover the truth and is now forced to live with her long lost sister Cora who the family completely lost contact with when she...

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