Monday, July 11, 2011
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1) by E. Lockhart
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.
WOOHOO! The Boyfriend List = WIN!
I enjoyed Frankie in The Direputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, but after reading The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver, I find that Ruby beats Frankie, hands down. Both of them read innocent, quirky, funny and imperfect. In other words, they are both screw ups. But wait! Ruby Oliver's story has so much more going for it because as she is not perfect, her life, her story certainly weren't. The Boy Friend List in turns sweet, annoying, and HILARIOUS.
Her recounting the fifteen boys (imaginary or otherwise, real or not), her three "friends," her unconventional parents, what they were to her and the role they had in what she was feeling, was hilarious. Her mom wants her to forget, her father to forgive, but I wanted her to kick someone's ass!
The predicaments she found herself in (panic attacks, labels that were not at all flattering and being socially ostracized) started because she was the victim of some meany (though she sort of was, a lot of meanies, in fact) but were also exacerbated by her own in-action. And it is the fact that she is just so imperfect and funny... that I could not help but root for her.
I so badly want to start The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them! BUT I'm saving the rest of the series for when I'm desperate for a good book.