Audio Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Posted March 18, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment

Audio Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen, Rebecca Soler
Published by Penguin Audio on April 22nd 2008
Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary
Format: Audio book
Source: Overdrive

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?

For some reason, this book was not on my TBR but I still wanted to listen to it the moment I saw its audiobook on Overdrive. Honestly though, I never expected to like this book as much as I did, especially since I thought that Lock and Key was a typical romance story, but boy, was I so damn wrong because this book was so much more than just romance.

What made me realize that this book was different was the fact that it actually started out showing Ruby’s perspective on her relationship with her mom, and she had on that me against the world attitude which sucked me in. Hearing Ruby’s story was definitely heartbreaking for me, especially listening to how she tried to make excuses for the mother who was never really there.

I tend to listen to audio books while doing my work in the office, and I did the same with Lock and Key too, but this time, it was hard because  I kept tearing up. I guarantee you that you would need tissues just by listening/reading this book. TONS of tissues. The feels swirling around Ruby and her loneliness were just heart-shattering and I wanted to hug her and tell her everything will be okay.

The narrator in this book, Rebecca Soler, was pretty amazing in evoking accurately all of Ruby’s emotions – her loneliness, desperation and even hopefulness. It was the narrator that drew me into this book even more and tore my heart out repeatedly.

Like I said, this book was not romance-based, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any romance. In fact, romance, albeit a small part, played a very important role in this book. It acted as a support which helped in Ruby’s development to the changes in her life. The romance between Nate and Ruby was slow at first, which made the whole book even better because it was evenly paced out with the rest of the story in the book.

This book is definitely tear-jerking because we get to see Ruby struggle to find herself and know that she’s worthy of love.


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