Lock and Key

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.

*Taken From GoodReads*

This is the first book I have read by Sarah Dessen. I think I have found another author that I will enjoy. The story is about Ruby, a 17 year old girl whose mother abandons her. She has to leave everything that she knows to live with a sister that she hasn’t seen in years.

The book spans a few months. It does seem to jump around a bit, and leave off in areas where I would like to know more about what is going on. I did like that there wasn’t a girl and 2 boys love triangle. In the story she has a school assignment in which she has to define “family”. This story is a good example of the definition of family. Blood and otherwise. Ruby’s experiences in the story are relatable. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Dessen.