Also by this author: Along for the Ride, Saint Anything, What Happened to Goodbye, Once and For All
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Ruby, where is your mother?
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.
You guys, it’s been years since I read a Sarah Dessen book. Years. I read all the books she had out back in 2007, I think, and I haven’t read one since. I don’t know why exactly. I loved all the ones I read! So, when I came across the Lock and Key audiobook on my library’s site I decided it was high time I dove back into Sarah’s books.
Since it had been about 5 years since I read anything by Dessen I think I forgot just how good her books are. She somehow manages to bring all the necessary elements for a contemporary together in perfect balance. Lock and Key has depth and explores some tough issues, but it’s not heavy. It has just the right touch of romance, friendship, and family. None of those are overdone or become the main focus. I was really in awe of how everything fit so well together. Especially since there’s several important things going on at the same time in the book.
The thing that stood out the most to me about Lock and Key was Ruby’s character development. We meet her at a very hard time. She’s just been abandoned by her mother and all she wants is to be on her own. She was very closed off in the beginning and watching her open up to her sister and her friends was amazing. It was a believable transformation. Plus, I just liked Ruby. She could have easily been unlikable and hard to relate to. But her situation was so sympathetic that you couldn’t help but feel for her.
There really wasn’t as much romance as I was expecting but I did adore Nate. He was just plain nice and I loved that. I liked that things between them didn’t unfold or end the usual way. It was a very unique relationship. All of the side characters were fantastic too. They each had their own story that fit in nicely with Ruby’s.
The audiobook is read by Rebecca Soler. I haven’t listened to many audiobooks yet, but she is by far the best narrator I’ve come across. She was very good about hitting the right emotions at the right times. Plus, she sounds youthful, and that’s always a good thing when the main character is a teenager. I really Rebecca and I’m looking forward to listening to more books read by her.
Overall, I just really loved Lock and Key. I promise that I won’t be waiting so long to read another book by Sarah Dessen.