Sarah Dessen was recommended to me by a teen friend of mine and indeed she does not disappoint. lock and key is another entry in the class of teen angst and coming of age literature. A realistic fiction novel about a girl, Ruby, as she moves from living with her alcoholic mother to living her long-estranged sister. A rags to riches plot line, attractive and interesting character set in wealthy suburban USA, lock and key will delight many of your young female clientele. Some YA content – language, casual sex, use of drugs and alcohol, physical and verbal abuse. Not a must-have novel but definitely a decent read. This is a novel worth adding to the 7-12 library for pleasure reading.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 ✓ #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: grades 7+ Reading Level: 7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: family, relationships, abuse, recovery, advocacy, change, wealth