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Grade 9 Up–Ruby, first introduced in The Boyfriend List (Delacorte, 2005), continues to narrate the events in her life at Tate Prep. Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them, a journal written by the teen and her friends in years past. Ruby is now in her junior year and discovering that there is life after a boyfriend breakup and the loss of previous friends for not following The Rules for Dating. She discovers that she can make new friends, reconnect with some of her old ones, and simply accept that some people are lost forever. She continues therapy with Dr. Z. and gains control over her panic attacks. The story is both humorous and witty, and the language is realistically raw. Sections such as The Care and Ownership of Boobs are particularly funny. Teens will relate to the situations that Ruby finds herself in and learn from her skills about how to cope with the minefield of crises that todays teens face.–Sheilah Kosco, Bastrop Public Library, TX
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This sequel to The Boyfriend List (2004) finds Ruby Oliver starting her junior year still dealing with her fall from popularity. Following therapist Dr. Z's suggestion to find a new activity, Ruby gets an internship at the zoo, but she still obsesses over lost friendships and boyfriends. However, somewhere between rereading the advice in the Boy Book, an advice journal that she started with her ex-friends years before, and living in the present, she discovers she's ready to move on to new friends and opportunities. Ruby's intimate, first-person narrative, which includes a few sexual references, is lively, descriptive, frequently humorous, and peppered with periodic footnotes. Readers will easily relate to the dialogue and the situations Ruby copes with, including peer pressure and relationship breakups. Each chapter begins with a Boy Book entry--from the opening "Care and Ownership of Boobs" to "Clever Comebacks to Catcalls"--which reflects Ruby's continuing process of self-discovery and personal growth. Shelle Rosenfeld
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