The Boyfriend List (by E. Lockhart) c. 2005

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
c. 2005
[Young Adult Fiction]
[Electronic Resource (My Media Mall eBook)]
[Electronic Resource (My Media Mall eAudiobook)]

Ruby Oliver has not been having a very good week. Her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend, her best friend is no longer speaking to her, she’s the topic of discussion on the girls’ bathroom wall, and now her parents are sending her to therapy. Her first official therapy assignment? The Boyfriend List. Ruby is skeptical, but as she composes her list, she begins to realize a lot of things about herself and the relationships she has with others.

The Boyfriend List has a particular kind of brilliance that sets it apart from other chick-lit. Ruby is tremendously funny—often laugh-out-loud funny—but Lockhart doesn’t rely on slapstick or laughter to carry the book. The humor is balanced by a very serious kind of inner reflection that you don’t see very often in this genre. Ruby’s genuine desire to understand herself and, more importantly, better herself, gives her dimension and sets The Boyfriend List apart from the crowd. Lockhart’s gift for dialogue and realistic thought patterns further enhance the novel—Ruby sounds like a teenager and her overly analytical thought process is intensely relatable and realistic.

Ruby’s adventures continue in the second and third volumes, The Boy Book and The Treasure Map of Boys. Real Live Boyfriends, the final installment in the Ruby Oliver quartet, comes out December 28, 2010 and is currently on order.

If you like The Boyfriend List, you might also enjoy The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonia Sones, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, and Girl, 15, Charming, But Insane by Maureen Johnson.

Pros: A funny and thoughtful novel that avoids many of the clichés of the genre.

Review by Martha


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