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“HEY, have you read the book Lock and Key by: Sarah Dessen? Well I have and it’s a really good book. You should read it some time, right from the beginning to the end I had got sucked in like a vacuum cleaner! It was so intense at some points and then romantic at other points!! It was probably...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I admit it! I'm a sap for the 17 yr old coming of age experience. I loved it! I was moved in places, and I cried more than once. I loved how the character of the sister developed over time, same with the neighbor. I really just enjoyed this and couldn't put it down. Also this week(end), read a self-psychology article by Dick Geist and Chapter 3 of Hoffman's Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process. They actually went nicely together, and I am looking forward to meeting Dr. Geist tomorrow night, and hearing more about how it is that self-psychologists manage to claim intersubjectivity, empathy, attunement, and containment, and still manage to differentiate themselves from what seems way more cutting edge. That said, I liked the article, so I'm sure I'll learn a lot over the next five weeks. Plus, turns out Dick Geist is my neighbor. I've probably hung with him unknowingly at Starbucks a hundred times. Missed the library hours again today, so my Dorothea Benton Frank novel goes un-retrieved, though I turned in four books at the book drop, including Lock and Key, and Perfection. Next up is "The Lace Reader." Happy Reading.”Amy Friedman wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book!”cassandra henderson wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, because she writes with a lot of emotion. I always feel I can relate to the stories, but this one didn't seem to have the wow factor I was expecting. However, I did enjoy reading about the life changing decisions Ruby had to make to turn everything around. That was the only part that kept the story moving! ”Stephanie S. wrote this review Thursday, October 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ruby's been through a lot in life, and when her older sister asks her to move in with her and her husband to give Ruby a better life. Ruby is attending a new school and making new friends when she gets a job at a little jewelry kiosk in the mall. Her clever idea of keeping her key on a chain starts up a fad for the jewelry accessory. All Ruby wants is a normal teen age life full of friends, romance, and stability.”Karlee wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
“It’s the reason we’re always searching, and rarely discovered- so many locks, not enough keys”. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen takes place in the present and the setting is in a small town. The main theme in this story is about overcoming challenges and finding out a true family.The main characters in this book are Ruby who is a young girl and grows up quicker than most girls. Cora who is her big sister and more of a mom than their real mom. Jamie who is Cora’s husband and like a dad to Ruby in so many ways. Nate is Ruby’s neighbor and they become very close. Ruby and Cora lived with their mom in an old yellow house. Cora took Ruby in like a daughter even though they are sisters. Their mom always struggled with drugs and it was hard for her to let people in and help her get better. In many ways that has made Ruby very independent because she had to be on her own and learned many new things. By living with her sister and meeting their family Ruby finally was able to say what love and family is all about. I would put this book in the teen romance genre. I personally loved this book very much because it seems like a typical girl book but there is actually has much more of a deeper meaning to it talking about trying to overcome addictions and realizing you are not alone. This book is very similar to many of the other classic teen books. Overall I like this book a lot because it has a very unexpected storyline. ”
“Lock and key was nice in that it was a situation that could actually happen so it was real life.”t0RiB wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The emerging teen romance is obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less rewarding for fans of the genre. Strong characters, lots of emotional turmoil, and plenty of feel-good moments combine in a recognizable and successful formula.
I’m not a big fan of Ruby, the high school senior at the center of the story. She’s far too attached to her former collection of loser friends. And she spends a lot of time denying the obvious – in her new life at private school, her new posh home with her older sister, and especially in her attraction to wonderboy Nate. Another annoyance: Dessen ends too many chapters with Ruby’s five-and-dime psychological epiphanies.
It takes a very good story to overcome all that: the details of dialogue and character mannerisms always seem natural, and the emotional buildup is near-perfect. There’s a good mix of setback and success. One way or another, romantics are bound to find something they like here. ”
“Ruby is almost eighteen, she is looking forward to being on her own. Her mother has abandoned her and she's been holding it together just fine, or has she? When social services sends her to live with her sister Cora (who she hasn't seen in ten years) and her husband, Ruby must learn to accept help and that in order to save herself she will need to reach out to others. Fans of Dessen's books will love this one as well.”Iceangel9 wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No