Lock and Key, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Ruby Cooper likes to expect the worst. That way, she's never disappointed. Abandoned by her mother and forced to leave the house she calls home, Ruby is facing too many changes.

Her lonely world has been transformed into a life of luxury by her long lost sister, but all Ruby wants to do is leave - she can make it on her own.

Even Nate, the gorgeous boy-next-door can't seem to change her mind.

Will Ruby realize first impressions don't always count? And that sometimes, people can surprise you, so it's ok to let the closest ones in.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fiction & true stories
  • ISBN: 9780141324937



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I really liked this. It's not the best book of Dessen's that I've read but it was still really interesting and enjoyable. Dessen dealt with a lot of different issues in this book and dealt with them quite well. <br/><br/>Ruby is not the most likeable of characters at the start but I think that's probably the point. She's been changed by what she's been through and becomes withdrawn because that's how she deals with it. I liked that she developed and changed throughout the book and wasn't afraid to admit when she was wrong. I really liked her by the time I reached the end of the book. Nate was a fascinating character but he was definitely pushed to the side a lot and while we got to know a lot about this situation at home, we never really got to know him as a person. His story added a lot depth to the book and made it much darker. <br/><br/>I loved Ruby's sister and brother-in-law. I enjoyed seeing Cora trasnform and come out of her defensive shell once she got to know Ruby again and it was interesting to see how quickly Jamie came to care about Ruby and what she was doing. They added a lot of fun to the book and were probably my favourite characters- which is not what I expected when we were first introduced to them.<br/><br/>Overall, it was a really sweet story and Dessen's writing style made it lovely to read. I would recommend this book and I will probably re-read it at some stage, too.

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This book was so easy to get into, I found myself really wanting to know what happened next, and getting attached to the characters.<br/>I especially liked how throughout you see Ruby growing, and learning to define 'family' in a different way.<br/>Overall I really enjoyed the book.

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