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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) Hardcover – December 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ruby Oliver Quartet
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038573428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734288
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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

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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

More About the Author

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.

Visit me at www.emilylockhart.com.
Or come read the blog at www.theboyfriendlist.com.
Twitter: elockhart
Pinterest: elockhartbooks
www.wewereliars.com

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

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#30 in Books > Teens
#30 in Books > Teens

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He treats her just the way she thinks a real boyfriend should.
TeensReadToo
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys humorous books that honestly tackle what it's like to be a teenager.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I really find that that makes her so relatable as a character!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katlyn on December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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By readaholic on April 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 feeling excluded. There are lessons to be learned and insights to be gained in reading this book about Ruby and all she goes through. I am not in the YA demographic, but I found this book a quick, easy, and clever read.
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By nat on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
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