brittani, April 20, 2008 (view all comments by brittani)
Written in the style that Dessen's readers have long enjoyed, "Lock & Key" is an honest and breathtaking book. From Ruby's mom disappearance to the emotional end, this book is one of Dessen's best to date. A must read for any age!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Dessen (Just Listen) inverts a familiar fairy tale: What if Cinderella got the prince, the castle and all its accoutrements, but wasn't remotely interested? After her mother abandons her, Ruby Cooper is flying below the radar of officialdom and trying to make it to her 18th birthday, when she's busted by the landlord and turned over to social services. Ruby is taken in by her estranged sister, Cora, who left for college a decade earlier and never looked back, and Cora's husband, Jamie, the wealthy founder of a popular social networking site. Resentful, suspicious and vulnerable, Ruby resists mightily, refusing the risky business of depending on anybody but herself, and wearing the key to her old house around her neck. All the Dessen trademarks are here — the swoon-worthy boy next door who is not what he appears to be, and the supporting characters who force Ruby to rethink her cynical worldview, among them the frazzled owner of a jewelry kiosk at the mall. The author again defines characters primarily through dialogue, and although Ruby and her love interest, Nate, sound wiser than their years, they talk the way teens might want to — from the heart. A must for Dessen fans, this will win her new readers, too. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Horn Book Magazine,
"[T]he in-depth exploration of issues of family, trust, and responsibility gives readers plenty to chew on, and the complex, deeply sympathetic characters are pure pleasure to spend time with."
"The characters are real and relatable. This new book is Dessen's best since This Lullaby and it will captivate all readers."
by School Library Journal,
"The author's feel for setting is as uncanny as ever, and Ruby's descriptions of the homogenous nouveau riche Anytown are sharp, clever, and honest....Recommended."
"[A] quiet, moving dramatic family story such as we expect from Sarah Dessen, one of the fine authors of YA fiction....Thoughtful readers who like slowly unfolding family sagas will want to read this latest work by Dessen."
"Despite the uneven narrative, Dessen's writing can be beautiful, and her story is involving." —
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Dessen's tone...is invitingly non-threatening and will reward patient readers."
The New York Times bestselling author of Just Listen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.
A New York Times bestseller
Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.
Ruby is used to taking care of herself.
But now that shes living with her sister, shes got her own room, shes going to a good school, and her future looks bright.
Plus theres 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
Keeping the Moon
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
Bestselling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.
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