-Sarah Dessen-

lock-and-keyYA gets such a bad rap, it’s sad. For those wary about reading young adult novels, listen up! You are missing out on an ENTIRE HUGE-ASS GENRE of books that will change your life. Example: The Fault in our Stars. You liked that, didn’t you? If you haven’t read it, you should. And if you didn’t like it… then all hope is lost, I have no idea how to help you.

I’ve loved Sarah Dessen for about fifteen years now. That makes me sound incredibly old. I’m only 27, to clarify. She spits out books like the Duggar family spits out babies, so if you like one, there’s a good chance you will enjoy almost all of them. I say almost because there is ONE book of hers I couldn’t get through.

What’s It All About? 

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?

SIDE NOTE: Did any one else LOL at the ‘Where is your mother, Ruby’ part? You know, Max & Ruby, the ridiculously annoying cartoon that causes everyone to say ‘WHERE THE HELL ARE THESE KIDS’ PARENTS!?’

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