July 25, 2009

They Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend ListHigh School can be hell and Ruby Oliver knows it all too well.

It wasn't always like that though, once she was reasonably popular, had good friends and a boyfriend she loved, Jackson.

But then everything changed, she lost her friends, her boyfriend and is one of Tate Prep's most hated people. Oh, and she's now in therapy thanks to some truly freaky panic attacks she has been getting.

For her first therapy session, Doctor Z has Ruby write a list - the boyfriend list of the title - of all the boys that had affected her life somehow, from Adam Cox whom she knew in kindergarten, to Cabbie with whom she did something 'advanced' once.

As the list goes on, from boys 1 to 15, Ruby tells the tales of each of the boys and what they meant or didn't mean to her, and she also tells the story of how she went from reasonably-popular to leper of the Tate Universe.

I have to admit it took me a while to read this book, being deeply neurotic myself, at times it was hard to read Ruby's story, of her panic attacks and anxiety but her humor kept me reading and in the end I enjoyed The Boyfriend List a lot, and I'm really looking forward to reading The Boy Book and the upcoming Treasure Map of Boys.

Ruby is a very funny narrator and her voice rings true. I wasn't thrilled about Ruby's so-called friends (Kim and Cricket, Nora seemed ok), or Jackson. But there were other characters like Meghan, Noel and Hutch who were nicer to read about.




  1. I've always wanted to read it, but I was never sure about (I kept judging the book by the cover :P) Thanks for the good review. Now I know I won't be disappointed if I read the book :)

  2. Great Review, I think I may read this book at some point. I really like the cover too.


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