Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lock and Key

Title: Lock and Key

Author: Sarah Dessen

Date Finished: November 7,2009

Personal Book Count: 51 out of 100

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: Young Adult

First Line: “And finally,” Jamie said as he pushed the door open, “we come to the main event. Your room.”

Summary: from the back cover-

“Ruby is used to taking care of herself. But now she's living in a fancy new house with her sister Cora—a sister she hasn't seen in ten years—and her husband Jamie—creator of one of the most popular online networking sites. She's attending private school, wearing new clothes, and for the first time, feels the promise of a future that include college and her family. So why is she so wary? And what is Nate— the adorable and good-hearted boy next door— hiding behind his genial nature? As Ruby starts to see, there's a big difference between being given help, and being able to accept it. And sometimes, in order to save yourself, you've got to reach out to someone else.”

Why did I pick this book? : Dessen was a name I had heard over and over again, and had on my list to try, so when saw this copy checked it at my library, I decided it was as good a place as any to start.

Review: I think this book was pretty good. It lived up to the hype I had heard about the author. It was an underdog story where the heroine overcomes adversity and rises to the top. It could have been any teenager, and so many I have met. It could have taken place anywhere. And it was the type of story that makes your heart melt and ache at the same time, just a little bit. Not necessarily relatable for everyone, but at the same time it felt accessible. There were several characters for Ruby to interact with, and build relationships with, and as a result learning about herself. At the same time, I never felt overwhelmed with a tone of people, as I find can sometimes happen in these books. I liked the style of the authors writing, it was light and easy to read. I will definitely be searching out more by this author to read.

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D


Kailana said...

Sarah Dessen is a good author so far. I have only read the one book by her so far, though.

Lissa said...

I agree! i would be interested to know what your (or anyone else's first Dessen was)?