Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Published: Delacorte Press (2005)
Pages: 229
Format: Paperback
Series: Book 1 of 4
Source: I purchased this book
GoodReads Summary: Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break—she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)
* lost her best friend (Kim)
* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)
* did something advanced with a boy (#15)
* had an argument with a boy (#14)
* drank her first beer (someone handed it to her)
* got caught by her mom (ag!)
* had a panic attack (scary)
* lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie)
* failed a math test (she'll make it up)
* hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends)
* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
* and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!).
But don't worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

My Thoughts: You, you, and you were right. Ruby Oliver is MY GIRL. She knows the inner workings of high school (and let's not even lie: ADULT) girls everywhere. She fully encompasses the crippling insecurities, the paranoia, the overanalyzing, the curiosity, and pretty much regurgitates them all over The Boyfriend List.

I am so much in love with this book and Ruby that it's ridiculous. If there's one thing I love, it's when I form a deep bond with a book character. I wanted to threaten the lives of everyone who upset Ruby. At one point, I actually had to put the book down because the daggers that were shooting out of my eyes might have torn the pages. That's how emotionally invested in this series I am.

Ruby's struggles with friendships, boyfriends, her social life, and her family life felt like my own. This is one protagonist with whom women and girls everywhere can identify. Her overbearing parents are hilarious, if not excessive. I love her journey to self-discovery through her shrink, Dr. Z. And her interactions with her many, many boys are SO entertaining. If not infuriating. Because boys are jerkfaces.

This is a quick read that I think everyone should fall deeply in love. The writing and the voice are probably one of the best in YA. The characters become so real that I feel they could jump straight out of the book, materialize next to me, and ask me if I'd like to go for coffee. And it's FUNNY. Dear sweet baby Jesus, this book is funny.

Jessica Darling, you've met your match in Ruby Oliver.


  1. Why have I not read this already? The cover didn't make me interested, and so I totally bypassed the summary. BIG MISTAKE, from the looks of it. You've convinced me now, Jen, to read this. Let's see if you're right.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  2. I read this when I was 15 and LOVED it. Such a good book, I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

    The Cait Files

  3. Oh wow, this is so on my list and I'm itching to read it. Thanks for the review, it looks really good and I LOVE developing bonds with characters from books.

  4. Poor Roo. I love her so though. Agreed 100%: Fans of JD will love.

  5. Oh man, I need to make Ruby my homegirl too.

  6. I really really need to read this one. I keep hearing amazing things, plus, I love love love those new covers. They're adorable.

  7. Ruby is totes my home girl too! I loved her and her footnotes! AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

    Also E. Lockhart is ridiculously awesome in person, she did a reading and now I imagine Ruby the way she read her -- as really hyper, easily distracted and totally a winner.

    Great review, Jen!

  8. Dagger eyes! Ruby Oliver! Things I love!

  9. I love Jessica Darling. I'm going to have to read this series and see how I like Ruby :D Thanks for the new book(s) to put on my TBR!