Lock and Key

Book review by Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Angsty novel tackles mature themes in thoughtful way.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 13+

This was one of the books that got me into reading

I read this book a long time ago but it is a good book. It deals with some sensitive issues, like drug and alcohol abuse(by teens and adults), physical abuse, and sexually active teens. It's definitely for the mature young lady.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
not rated for age

Not her best...

Lock and Key is not Sarah Dessen's best work. The plot is a bit weak and strange. There is some discussion of drugs and alcohol, but little sex.

Book Details

  • Author: Sarah Dessen
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: April 22, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 422
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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