Lock & Key

"What's worse: No food or you?"

Plot Summary

What happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you’re going when you can’t even claim where you’ve been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. Sarah Dessen started it all with this book. It’s the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even—and especially—when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. She ends up growing a special relationship with her sister, and meeting other friends on the way. Ruby started off as a girl who was not used to help, she came from a family that was base on: do it yourself or it won't get done. As Ruby learns, there’s a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself. Without her meeting her step sister, she would have never been able to push through the hardships that she is going through with her mom.


Ruby- Ruby is the main character of this book. Her abusive mother has left her and she is left in a house that violates many health code restrictions (such as no running water, no heat). Ruby is left to fend for herself. Her abandonment causes her to rely on herself and she doesn’t trust people. When she is found out by the authorities, she is sent to live with her sister, Cora. Ruby must switch schools and live in a classy home. She learns to accept her past and to get to know people. I think Ruby is very courageous because she learns to except others opinions, advice, help, and trust. She is now able to have relationships with people. After some time, Ruby starts a totally new chapter in her life.

Sarah Dessen and her LIFE

Sarah Dessen was born June 6, 1970 and is now 43 years old. Sarah 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 eleventh novel,The Moon and More, will be published in June 2013. She lives in North Carolina.