Lock and Key

By Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key

 4.0 

Lock and Key

148 Quotes    4.0 

Ruby, where's your mum? Ruby knows the game is up. She's been in the yellow house on her own for the past few months, managing somehow, knowing her mother's likely never going to come back. 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 behavior makes it difficult for Ruby to believe that he has founded the most popular website around. A luxury house, a fancy private school, a new wardrobe, college promise and a future; it is a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reticent, wary and defensive Cinderella? And why is Nate, the brilliant boy next door with some of his own secrets, unable to accept the help Ruby just is learning to give? Sarah Dessen, the best-selling author, explores the core of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

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Lock and Key

Lock and Key

448 Pages
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Quotes from Lock and Key

Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.

What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.

It's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching and rarely discovered--so many locks not enough keys.

My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones... you might as well hold on to them. You know?

Still, there was also was something reassuring about working for Commercial, almost hopeful. Like things that were lost could be found again. As we drove away, I always tried to imagine what it would be like to open your door to find something you had given up on.

Only a weak person needed someone else around all the time.

Reviews of Lock and Key

Social Services doesn’t allow Ruby to stay alone in the yellow house for very long after her mother disappears, instead placing her with older sister Cora and Cora’s unflappably sweet husband.

To Ruby, these are her realities, and so she deals with them accordingly, no need for overly dramatic tantrums, tears or screaming matches—Dessen manages to strike a balance between giving these topics their deserved gravity and highlighting their solutions and the light at the end.

Summary: A great book for teens featuring a strong main character struggling with life after being abandoned by her mother.

i've read almost all her books and reccommend her books all the time to my friends.

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