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Title - Lock and Key
Author(s) - Sarah Dessen
Pub. Date - 14th of May, 2009
Publisher - Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
N. Of. Pages - Four Hundred and Thirty - Two

The Summary on The Back of My Copy - Ruby can take care of herself. She's used to counting on one and answering to no-body. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cara. Now Ruby's got her own room in a fabulous new house, she's going to private school, and - for the first time - feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there's the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you've got to reach out to someone else.

What A Girl Wants in her Books - What happens to the girl who believes she doesn't need anyone? Who listens to herself and no one else? The girl that believes she is better off alone. A girl raised by a mother who lives in the same old fashion that sets her ways in life. A mother who abandons her daughter before she herself can be abandoned. So Ruby's mother just up and left her with nothing but a key to a yellow house and a job that she had to work on her own. A job that caught on to their missing employee, land lords who found her home alone living by herself for weeks without any parental super vision. This is where Ruby's story begins, her new life starts, and her old one ends. She gets shipped off to live with her sister, a woman who she hadn't seen or heard from for ten years. Ten years...can you imagine not talking to someone your close to for ten years or maybe even more. I can't. I mean, my sister and I used to not get along but not since I moved back from Fl. We are like the best of friends. So I really couldn't imagine not talking to her for ten years. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt a little. Haha. Anyway, so as you can imagine, Ruby isn't to pleased by this sudden change in her life. A move to a fancy new house, prep school, and the boy next door who has some hidden dark secrets of his own. Cara is the perfect sister, married to a man who does whatever he can to give her the life she's never known. Cara has the perfect life, a man who does all most anything for her, people who love her, a successful career...shes the woman that Ruby's mother never could of been. The sort of woman who can provide for Ruby so she doesn't have to have a care in the world.

I really enjoyed this book. I guess in a way I can relate to Ruby. Ruby and her mother didn't really get along. They just sort of tolerated each other until one of them could escape into the real world. In a way this relationship between mother and daughter sort of reminds me of my own. I mean no my mother is not a smoker or an excessive drinker. But my mother and I usually always fine something to disagree on. She's just that kind of person. My mother is the kind of person who likes to see her way and no one else's. So yeah, I guess I can relate pretty well. The similarities between Ruby and I end there though. She has a rich sister who lives in this huge house and is married to an amazing husband who would do anything for her. I live with my parents and working two jobs just to survive on my own. I'm actually debating if I want to get another job because of college and my new car. I guess I just want to know that I am financially secure as a college student and new car owner. I want to move out one day and be able to handle all the necessary payments and changes that I will have to make. Ruby does not have any of these worries right now. She is basically getting everything handed to her on a silver platter. And if I sound jealous, it's because in a way I am a little. I hate it when people don't work for what they earn in life.
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