- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: Ruby Oliver Quartet
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385732066
- ASIN: B006G8EU7O
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,698,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE BOYFRIEND LIST is a delightful story of an average girl navigating the difficult waters of high school, friends and boys. Ruby has a unique, unintentionally humorous voice. Like any teenager, she sometimes acts without thinking and thinks without acting. Sometimes she makes thoughtless decisions, sometimes she's too self-absorbed. She's easy to root for, even when I cringed at her behavior. Lockhart had a unique way if capturing teenage angst in a way that appeals to both teens and adults. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
One thing: I would recommend getting a physical copy of the book as the Kindle doesn't have a great system for viewing footnotes, and the footnotes add a great deal of humor to the story.
Anyhow, the book is awesome, it demonstrates how different types of boy/girl relationships, that there is more than one way to care for a boy. I had read it to review for a book report, and I think it was one of the best reads I've had in a long while. I would reccommend it for anyone, but mainly girls 10 and up, depending on their reading skills and interest.
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!
First is the footnotes. I freaking hate footnotes. Especially when you're reading an e-book. They're not cute or funny or interesting and it's really darn annoying to click back and forth between pages (the footnotes show up at the end of each chapter in the e-book, don't know how they are formatted in the paper version). They were so damn distracting and difficult to read. BOO on the footnotes.
Second, I hated Ruby's friends. Ruby's best friend since kindergarten steals her boyfriend (that she had been dating for 6 months). None of their mutual friends seem to have a problem with this. But then Ruby kisses him and she suddenly becomes a leper? Everyone is pissed at her for kissing Kim's boyfriend... but he was Ruby's boyfriend just days earlier? Kim started dating him like 2-3 days after he dumped Ruby. That's a HUGE friend no-no. Why don't Cricket and Nora care about that? Because I sure as hell would. Ruby doesn't do anything mean to Kim after Kim steals Jackson... but when Ruby kisses Jackson, Kim publicly humiliates Ruby with the xerox copy of the boyfriend list and turns her into the laughingstock of the entire school. Her "friends" all side with Kim. Great people!
Third, I hated the ending. There was no resolution! I didn't want Ruby and Kim to make up and everyone be happy, but I wanted SOMETHING to happen. Basically the end is Ruby standing around thinking about how her ex best friend and ex boyfriend are still together and her ex friends still don't talk to her (ok, she had ONE conversation with Nora... but I would be really angry at Nora for ignoring me and going along with Kim's nasty treatment).
I don't know. I was expecting something more to happen in the end. I realize there are more books in the series, but it's not like it's a cliffhanger ending or anything. The entire book is Ruby talking about all the bad things that happened to her and then the book ends.