Monday, November 28, 2011

The Boyfriend List- E. Lockhart

Name: The Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 4/5

GoodReads Summary:
E. Lockhart’s spot-on dialogue and descriptions of painfully but hilariously relatable situations make this young adult novel an addictive read.

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

But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists

Ruby Oliver is laugh out loud funny as she works her way through the boyfriend list her shrink has asked her to write down.  She works her way through her breakup with her boyfriend Jackson and deals with her friends not speaking to her. It was funny and sad all at the same time.  It is a light read when you need something funny. I will be looking out for Lockhart’s books in the future. I enjoyed her writing and felt like I could connect in a way with Ruby. I felt her anguish over her breakout with Jackson and although I did not always agree with her way of healing with it I found she was a realistic and smart character.
Ruby Oliver is someone I would love to be friends with. She is hilarious and loyal. She realizes what a jerk Jackson is but still has feelings for him like most people would.  I liked her no holding back way of describing the situations she finds herself in. The footnotes were an added bonus. They fit right it perfectly and added further insight into her thoughts and feelings without rambling.
I think this is a fun book everyone should read when you’re having a bad day. It certainly cheered me up.

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