Lock and Key

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Penguin, Apr 22, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 432 pages
123 Reviews
A†New York Times†bestseller

Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.

Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she’s living with her sister, she’s got her own room, she’s going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there’s the adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

“All the Dessen trademarks here” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

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User Review  - susan259 - LibraryThing

Dessen is a master at writing about high school. Her descriptions of how teens act and talk and interact is pitch perfect. This reminded me a little of A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary Pearson, although with more hope... Read full review

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User Review  - FaithLibrarian - LibraryThing

Ahhh--a high school angst book without the bullies and nasty "let's stuff them in a locker" routine or "who is sleeping with who". Considering it is a preppy high school I find that hard to believe ... Read full review

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Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve

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About the author (2008)

Sarah Dessen†is the author of thirteen novels, which include the†New York Times†bestsellers†The Moon and More,†What Happened to Goodbye,†Along for the Ride,†Lock and Key,†Just Listen,†The Truth About Forever, and†This Lullaby. Her first two books,†That Summer†and†Someone Like You, were made into the movie†How to Deal.†

Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.

Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.

Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.

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