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
1) You should read the book that has fulfilled one of Sarah Dessen’s dreams. According to Sarah, she saw it at an airport bookstore. So next layover, make sure to grab a Starbucks, some Twizzler Nibs, and a copy of Lock and Key.
2) If you want to preview the book, Lock and Key has its own “behind the scenes” DVD extra. Well, not really. It’s not a DVD. It’s a YouTube video. And Penguin put it together, not Quentin Tarantino. But you get my point. Sarah shows what in Chapel Hill inspires the locations in her books. And I swear, nobody stabs a syringe of adrenaline into someone else’s heart. Promise.
3) Find out how cover photos can have subliminal messages. The CosmoGirl reviewer loved Lock and Key so much, she bought a necklace with a lock and key pendant. Maybe I should have my next cover feature a million copies of my book?
4) Sarah knows how to speak “teen.” She definitely has a lot of memorable experiences to draw from. She once told Publisher’s Weekly, “I broke curfew regularly, I dated guys with shaved heads and tattoos.” Me? My life was filled with sports practices and books. Oh yeah, and Beverly Hills 90210.
5) Live vicariously through Sarah. Lock and Key was #234 on Amazon.com a day after it was released. It was #1 in Teens. Now that’s living the YA dream!
Lock and Key is for ages 12 and up.