Dessen, Sarah. Lock and Key. New York: Penguin Group, 2008. Print.
Lock and Key
Written by: Sarah Dessen
Reviewed by: Aisha Malek
Recommended age group: High School
Lock and Key is a fantastic book written by Sarah Dessen. Ruby and her mother moved around a lot and their lives were very unpredictable. It is not unusual for ruby when her mom to disappear for a few days time,but she knows something is different when her mom doesn’t come back for months, leaving ruby to live on her own. She tries to forget the fact that she is underage and she is living by herself, eventually her landlords find out. The state sends Ruby to live wit her older sister Cora. Ruby and Cora haven’t seen each other for years ever since Cora left for college. Cora worked really hard to get scholarships and raise money to go to a college and escape her mother. Ruby thought that her sister had abandoned her.
After finishing college Cora had built a life for herself: a successful career, a big house, and a great husband. She is living the American dream. Ruby has never lived a life close to that, and she certainly doesn’t want to start now. Being tied down like that and being a burden on her older sister who doesn’t want her. Somehow, even though she keeps trying to escape, she ends up going to a fancy private school, staying with her sister, finding a job, and making new friends.
Authors Website: http://sarahdessen.com/book/lock-and-key/
YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKYorL18sKc