Lock and Key is the story of Ruby, a teenager who’s been abandoned by her mother and taken in by an older sister she hasn’t seen in ten years. It’s a tale that will have you redefining family and teaching you that sometimes you need others as much as they need you.
Dessen is the YA Queen of dialogue. Her teens speak like teens. And yet her stories captivate. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Lock and Key:
“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You can’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.”
“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn’t happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they’re important ones… you might as well hold on to them. You know?”
“The further you go, the more you have to be proud of. At the same time, in order to come a long way, you have to be behind to begin with. IN the end, though maybe it’s not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all.”