Review: The Boyfriend List

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Book Title/Author: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
Publication Date/Publisher: March 22, 2005/Delacorte
Series: Yes, Ruby Oliver #1
Source and Format: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4 stars

From Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Ruby has had a rough ten days. During that time 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)
* had a panic attack
* 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)
* 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.

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In a word, charming. In two words, perfectly angsty. I wish I had picked up the whole series at once for a lovely binge read.

Ruby Oliver is going to a therapist because she’s had five panic attacks recently and her parents are a little over the top worried. Her panic attacks stem from being recently dumped. Ruby’s therapist has her make a list of every boy she’s ever had any kind of thing with – which didn’t really make sense to me, but I love a list and I’m nosy, so I’m okay with it.

 

As I mentioned, the catalyst for these events is Ruby getting dumped by her boyfriend of 6 months, Jackson Clarke. Jackson starts dating Ruby’s best friend THE VERY NEXT DAY, though somehow Ruby ends up being the bad guy of the story.

 

I thought The Boyfriend List was super cute and I loved Ruby’s wacky parents and all of the supporting characters. Ruby herself is pretty judgmental, and everyone is very quick to call someone else a slut, AND the girls are all appropriately boy crazy.

 

Ceramic Frogs: I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Spring Fling: Wow, boy crazy teenage girls are kind of annoying!

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