Dessen, Sarah. Lock and key.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

DESSEN, Sarah. Lock and key. Penguin, Viking. 430p. c2008. 078-0-670-010882. $18.99. SA

Lock and Key is a quiet, moving dramatic family story such as we expect from Sarah Dessen, one of the fine authors of YA fiction. It is long, and could easily be considered a novel for adults as well as YAs. Ruby is almost 18 years old, and her mother has abandoned her. She tried to take care of herself and pay the bills, but the landlords figured it out and reported her to social services. Ruby's life changes dramatically when her older sister Cora and Cora's husband Jamie take her in. Instead of attending a huge, mediocre public school, she now is in a nurturing private school; she has a ready-made family who can take good care of her; it is possible for her to attend college. So, why is she so hesitant to trust Cora and Jamie, to relax and allow new friends into her life? As the months go by, slowly Ruby learns some truths about her own parents and about Cora, and she begins to allow people to love her...

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