Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen: Audiobook Review

Lock and KeyLOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen Audiobook Review
Publication Date: April 22nd 2008 by Viking Juvenile
Rating: – Acceptable |

Book Summary: 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.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Audiobook Review Overview:

  • I really enjoyed the family dynamics in LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen. Primarily, this is more what the book is about rather than a contemporary romance. I really liked how Ruby came to adjust to her new life with Cora and Jamie.
  • The romance in LOCK AND KEY isn’t particularly exciting. I liked how the relationship between Ruby and Nate developed from a friendship, but I wish it kind of stayed that way. They had good friend chemistry, but I felt indifferent to the two of them as a couple.
  • LOCK AND KEY was enjoyable to listen to, but it was not a compelling read for me. I don’t think it has much to do with the book as much as it has to do with the genre in general. I just find contemporary audiobooks to be less compelling as a whole than other genres. The plots do not hook me enough to sustain my attention. I never felt the pull to just listen to LOCK AND KEY until I finished.

About the Author

Sarah DessenSarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including Someone Like You, Just Listen and Along for the Ride. A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her tenth novel,What Happened to Goodbye, will be published in May 2011. She lives in North Carolina.

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  1. I really really liked This Lullaby. I tried reading Lock & Key because one of my good friends was super pushing it (and she still is) but I couldn’t get through the first chapter.

    I like Sarah Dessen’s writing but I just don’t like the over descriptive first chapters. I really don’t care how Ruby’s bedroom window and window curtain fit together. Just sayin.

    1. If audio’s your thing, maybe you’ll be able to get past the overly descriptive intro in a different format? If you like her writing style, I’m sure that you’ll get into this one eventually!

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