Date(s) read: November 24 – 28, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
Sarah Dessen, you’ve done it again! I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again — I’m so happy to have finally started reading Sarah’s books. They just make me feel good!
Being my third Sarah Dessen book, Lock and Key did not disappoint. I absolutely loved Ruby’s character and how she was thrown from all that she knows into a brand new situation. In fact, I read the synopsis just now before writing my review and I didn’t even think of it as a Cinderella-type story, but now that I think of it, it’s so true — Ruby starts off having nothing, moving from place to place with her mother, and once her mother leaves, she has nothing. Then she moves in with her sister, who is willing to give her everything. It’s interesting to think that the whole thing was very fairytale-like, but Ruby was so unaccepting of it.
One of the things I really like with Sarah’s books, especially this one, is how there are the problems of the main character, but someone else has problems, too. I like that the main character, in this case Ruby, realizes that maybe they don’t have it as bad as they think they do.
While I loved Ruby’s character, I really loved her sister Cora, and Cora’s husband, Jamie — they were awesome characters. They also had their own struggles and it was nice to see how they all grew and worked to overcome their struggles as the book went on. There’s just something so sweet and touching about Dessen’s books that I find myself identifying with the characters, even if I haven’t gone through the things they’ve gone through.
This really was a great read and I look forward to reading more Sarah Dessen in the coming months — I’m slowly working my way through her catalogue and have been more and more impressed with each read. She’s definitely a favourite!