Release Date: 2005
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bookstore
Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break—she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)
* lost her best friend (Kim)
* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)
* did something advanced with a boy (#15)
* had an argument with a boy (#14)
* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)
* got caught by her mom (ag!)
* had a panic attack (scary)
* lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie)
* failed a math test (she’ll make it up)
* hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends)
* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
* and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).
But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.
I was totally excited to read The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart with all its footnotes and recommendations! And although I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to I can tell it’s a series that will only get better and better.
Ruby Oliver is having some issues, see above list. These things are taking their toll on her and when she starts having panic attacks her parents make her see a shrink. The format that The Boyfriend List is told in was one of my favorite things about it. The chapters follow Ruby’s boyfriend list and the story unfolds little by little until we get to present day. Sometimes the pacing was a little slow for me, but this might have had a lot to do with my impatience. I was on vacation when I read this so I didn’t have a lot of time to read. That made me want to fly through the book, but it just wasn’t happening.
Ruby was a fun character. She was quirky and her snark definitely showed through. But she was also spoiled and a little immature at times. Which is realistic for someone her age. The stories about the boys were all great too. I was honestly expecting a little more romance, but it all worked out great.
All in all this was a fun read. I expected to like it more than I did, but maybe that will happen with the later books.