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The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon--and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 28, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—Readers who missed The Boyfriend List (2005) and The Boy Book (2006, both Delacorte) will have no trouble keeping up, but they might still feel compelled to go back and read them. Sixteen-year-old Ruby brings readers up to speed on her dramatic history, in which a love triangle, a misplaced boyfriend list, and a dented reputation have left her almost friendless (aka a "roly poly," to use her coined term for a social pariah) and in therapy. The book chronicles her continuing social dilemmas, including ambiguous signals from former boyfriend Jackson, growing conflict over would-be boyfriend Noel, a lost job, a new pet, and panic attacks. Sessions with therapist Dr. Z punctuate the narrative, providing an opportunity for Ruby—and readers—to reflect on herself and her peers and unpack her feelings and fears. And despite her obvious insecurities, Ruby is funny—very funny. She expresses herself in a manner both self-deprecating and precocious, with a quirky use of language and an appreciation for the absurd that is thoroughly endearing. A definite purchase if you have the first two in the series; if you don't, consider getting all three for reluctant readers and lovers of chick-lit.—Emma Burkhart, Springside School, Philadelphia, PA END
Ruby Oliver from The Boyfriend List (2005) and The Boy Book (2006) is back, with pretty much as many problems as she had heretofore. She lives in “noboyfriend” land (not many girlfriends, either); her shrink is both the source and object of questions; and perhaps most troubling, she can never quite figure out what to do or how to do it. Written in the same fast and funny voice as the previous books (don’t forget to read the footnotes), this third installment neatly incorporates backstory so new readers will quickly feel up to speed. Heartbreak was never so much fun. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper
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