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Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren't complicated, I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

E. Lockhart
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From E. Lockhart, author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth book in the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver novels that finds Ruby Oliver as neurotic and hyperverbal as ever as she interviews her friends for a documentary on love and popularity and while doing so turns up some uncomfortable truths.

She’s lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

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Everyone’s favorite neurotic, prone-to-panic high-school student is back. As always, there is a lot going on in Ruby Oliver’s life, and she is trying to sort it all out. It is senior year, and although she should be concentrating on college applications, Ruby cannot get love out of her mind. First her parents are having problems, and now Noel isn’t acting like a very good boyfriend anymore. Then there is Gideon, the brother of her ex-best friend, who is acting like boyfriend material. What’s a girl to do? Make a documentary, of course. Fans of the series will clamor for Ruby’s latest adventure. Grades 9-12. --Shauna Yusko


Praise for real live boyfriends:
“Fans will enthusiastically embrace this hilarious novel.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Wryly comic lists, footnotes, and narration lay Ruby Oliver’s heart bare and construct a vulnerable, sympathetic character with whom many teens will relate.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Fans of the series will clamor for Ruby’s latest adventure.”—Booklist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

Product Details

  • File Size: 1688 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 13, 2011
Ruby is back with a whole new set of problems. I'll never get tired of E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver. She is a senior now and seems to have this boyfriend thing under control. Or does she?

Ruby is pretty sure Noel is "the one." He treats her just the way she thinks a real boyfriend should. Why is she worried then? Well, that's how Ruby is. She still sees a therapist on a regular basis, although she isn't completely convinced that it's working. Things become even more confusing when dreamy Gideon begins paying attention to her. It's complicated by the fact that Noel is visiting his brother in New York, and not communicating as much as a real boyfriend should. Should she be satisfied with a few really nifty poems he has sent, or should she be expecting more?

At the same time Ruby is dealing with Noel and Gideon issues, her grandmother dies. She's sad and knows she will miss her father's mother, but her father is taking the death of his mother a bit too far. He sleeps on the couch, rarely changes his clothes, and stumbles around eating nothing but orange snack items. She is left to eat the meals her mother fixes that suddenly include every meat product known to man. Why can't her mother acknowledge the fact that Ruby is a vegetarian?

Home life continues to deteriorate when her mother decides she has had enough and heads off to some women's retreat with a friend. Ruby is left behind to muddle along with her depressed father. She must try to think about college preparations, hang on to her remaining friends, and figure out why Noel has changed since his return from New York.

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3.0 out of 5 stars from missprint dot wordpress dot com January 24, 2011
Ruby Oliver has been in therapy. She has gone through Reginald several times. Her ex-boyfriend has cheated on her and turned into a pod-robot. Her best friends weren't such good friends. She has conquered bake sales, November Week and befriended a pygmy goat named Robespierre.

Some of it was hard, some of it was fun. All of it led Ruby to a new group of strange but dependable friends and, maybe more surprisingly, to a new boyfriend.

Noel is the perfect boyfriend. He's Ruby's real, live boyfriend and everything is perfect. At least it is for a while.

But then everything gets complicated again. Noel shuts down and shuts Ruby out. Her parents are fighting. Hutch has gone to Paris to study and do whatever retro-metal fans do in France. Megan is busy with her real live boyfriend. Things with Nora are still kind of a mess. Then Gideon shows up. Shirtless.

It's all a mess but with little patience and a lot of mishaps Ruby might be able to survive these recent debacles, her panic attacks, and even manage to make a few lists about the whole thing in Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren't complicated, I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver (2010) by E. Lockhart.

Real Live Boyfriends is the fourth book in the Ruby Oliver Quartet. Ruby's earlier adventures are chronicled begining in The Boyfriend List and followed by The Boy Book and The Treasure Map of Boys.

I love reading about Ruby's misadventures and all of her friends. Almost everything about this conclusion was spot on. My only real complaint: I wished Hutch was around more. Because he was my favorite character.

Real Live Boyfriends was the right conclusion to a really fun, sincere series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Ruby Reader, Definitely Need To Read the Rest! December 28, 2010
By Kate
REAL LIFE BOYFRIENDS, by E. Lockhart, is the fourth book in the Ruby Oliver series. I hate to admit when I signed up for this tour I had no idea that it was the fourth book in a series. I usually don't like to read books out of series but I was very interested in this book from the synopsis so I decided to jump out of my comfort zone. Although I am sure there was more background that I was missing out on, I admit that I absolutely loved this book.

Ruby's voice is absolutely charming and lovable. I love her sense of humor and her mature outlook on life. Although these characters were new to me, I fell in love with them almost immediately. I loved Ruby and Noel together and I was upset when they had relationship troubles after his trip to New York. The realization of what tore them apart was heart-shattering and I was anxious to see if at least their friendship would remain intact.

Overall, this seems like a great series. I am very excited to get caught up on the other books. But in the end, I would definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Conclusion to a Hilarious Series December 20, 2012
Remember that time I read a complete series in a week? Yeah, that totally just happened right now! I started The Boyfriend List, the first Ruby Oliver book on December 9th and finished this one today, the 15th. Reading a complete series in a week can take some dedication, as well as some wiggle room in the review schedule. I would not have been able to complete this feat had the Ruby Oliver books not been so consistently hilarious, honest and enjoyable.

Lockhart keeps the Ruby Oliver series so consistent in tone and Ruby's narrative voice and how much fun they are to read. This, more than anything, impressed me so much. Keeping a series interesting and each installment just about equally as good as the last is a seriously difficult task for an author, but Lockhart succeeds with flying colors.

What I love most about this series as a whole is how honest it is to the high school experience. There's frank discussion of kissing and sex and friendship debacles, of the awkwardness of parties, and of things that don't matter one bit after high school, like how the bake sale went. Ruby acts one hundred percent like a teenager, a very smart one, of course, but she never feels like an adult trying to create a teenager. She has her own weird slang, which, in some books can be annoying, but with Ruby just comes off so naturally. Ruby grows a lot as a person throughout these four books, but remains ever her charmingly neurotic self.

The romance throughout the series is precisely what I love to see in YA. Yes, it's a primary focus, but, let's be honest, boyfriends and girlfriends or being in a state of noboyfriend are pretty monumental aspects of life in high school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... guaranteed to make you smile and feel a little better about...
This book is something to read when the world seems to be against you for it is almost guaranteed to make you smile and feel a little better about yourself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KnittingQueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This whole series was enjoyable, considering reading again soon! give them a shot, pretty short, probably not going to be your next favorite, but worth the time taken to read.
Published 6 months ago by Avidreader27
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny but poignant.
This character is impossible not to root for, and the writing is very lively and entertaining. There are some very difficult emotional issues she faces with friendship, and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by readaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
I love this series and was happy it was cheap. It arrived on time though it felt like ages because i was greedy to read it.
Published 20 months ago by nat
3.0 out of 5 stars Read them all
I did truly enjoy the ruby oliver series. Read most of them when I was in middle school but just now got to finishing the last book.Lol
Published 23 months ago by Delana Maule
5.0 out of 5 stars The ending for Ruby Oliver
Well, Ruby **finally** gets her happy ending. I have adored this whole series and you shouldn't read this book if you haven't read the first 3 in the series. Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice way to wrap things up.
I've been reading the series since the beginning; Ruby Oliver is a very endearing character. This final chapter was alright. Read more
Published on February 5, 2013 by Olukemi Oso
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Tears, laughs, and love. :) truly amazing. E. Lockart has outdone herself. If you enjoy happy books, then read this one.
Published on January 25, 2013 by Samantha Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Supper dupper good loved it I really connected with the character and her life and feelings love this book read it
Published on January 18, 2013 by hannah
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum
Not nearly as original or entertaining as her first book. I found myself skipping sections just to get to the end.
Published on September 6, 2012 by asm35
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I write novels.
My books: We Were Liars, Fly on the Wall, The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, How to Be Bad,The Treasure Map of Boys and Real Live Boyfriends.

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