Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie.

Sarah Dessen is a chick-lit beast! In honor of my undying love for her, here’s my take on covers for Lock and Key. In Lock and Key, the protagonist Ruby must live with her unfamiliar sister Cora and Cora’s husband. There she discovers herself, a boy, and secrets that will eventually be unraveled.

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?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again. (Goodreads)



We have the original cover and the revamped. Although I’m used to the “classic” cover on the left, I also think the cover on the right is gorgeous as well. They’re both simple, clean, and minimalistic. Not every book can pull off such covers.


United Kingdom


This cover is so cute! I love the references made on the cover. What’s especially cute is the description: “Read her once and fall in love.” Isn’t that darling?



Look at this tree of love. I’d keep this in my room any day. Although I feel like this French cover is suited more for a tablecloth rather than a YA novel, it’s still a great cover. This cover just proves what we already know: the French know everything.



Well, it was bound to happen. A face appeared. Ruby looks gorgeous in this cover, as expected, although I feel like a face ruins all the symbolism in a sense. It’s a great cover, but it’s just not suited for this book.



Not bad. However, like the German cover, I just don’t think it’s meant for a Sarah Dessen novel. I’d much rather have this be for a different chick-lit book.

So what do you think? How are the covers of Lock and Key? Let me know in the comments below!