Sunday, 15 January 2012

Review: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Title:  The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication date: March 22nd 2005
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Romance
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 4.5/5
Buy: Amazon


Description: 

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 (evn 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. 

My thoughts:

This was a seriously fun book, just like I thought it would be! I was first drawn in by the cute cover and the interesting title and I'm so glad I decided to read it as it certainly did let me down. I was expecting something along the lines of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (which I loved) and while it definitely reminded me of those books, this felt more mature and less silly.

Ruby is a really awesome character and I loved getting to know her- which really do get to do as she spills her heart out in this book. She's had a crazy time lately and made lots of mistakes. She's been having some panic attacks so her parents refer her to a therapist who helps her work through what went wrong. I loved that Ruby tackled it head on but with humour. She never takes life too seriously and is fun and witty throughout the whole book.

Ruby's a strong character and pretty easy to empathise with me. What I loved most was how her character grew and matured as the book went on. She didn't keep making the same mistakes again and again and doing nothing about them. Instead she talked about them and took a step back to see how she could make it better. She's really sweet and her stories are hilarious. And I ended up highlighting a lot of her parents' sentences... they were certainly an interesting pair.

I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! If you're looking for a fun and easy book that still has some depth to it, I would recommend checking this one out! 


4 comments:

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  3. That is a seriously cute cover. Glad the book was just as fun!

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  4. Fun review! I liked the little list. Sounds like a light an entertaining read.

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