Over The Top Yet Hilarious
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Truth be told, the only other E. Lockheart book I’ve read is We Were Liars which COMPLETELY blew my mind. I adored everything – EVERYTHING – it had to offer and so, I had HUGE expectations going into The Boyfriend List.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have, but can you really blame me?
Ruby Oliver is just your normal standard high school girl. She wonders if her face looks ugly in her glasses, if she’s pretty enough and just like everyone else, she’s looking for her Mr. Right (The One or Tommy Hazard)
Well, maybe she was a normal girl.
In the last few weeks, Ruby Oliver has become a social leper and the only place left for Ruby is on her therapist’s couch.
Oh, and, there’s a list that Ruby wrote that aided her fall – no, crash – down the social ladder.
A Boyfriend List. A List of ALL the boys she’s ever been associated with, ever liked or ever done anything with.
And it’s public.
There are a lot of things I liked and disliked about this book, so let’s go.
What I DID NOT Like about The Boyfriend List:
1. RUBY’S TERRIBLE “FRIENDS”: When you’re growing up, you make a lot of friends, dump a lot and find the few special ones that you keep. I GET that Ruby is still in the first and second phase BUT I HATED THESE GIRLS. OH GOD. Their friendship moral compass and their decent human being compass were so off, I WANTED TO STRANGLE THEM.
2. Ruby’s Parents: I have SEEN not so strict parents, and parents involved in theatre but they are NOT LIKE THESE. I SERIOSULY think that Ruby’s parents were THE BIGGEST reason she was having panic attacks because they were so all over the place, and they NEVER listened to Ruby or ANYTHING. I really did not like them
What I LOVED about The Boyfriend List:
1. Noel, Gideon, Angelo & Shiv: YES, I’M TALKING ABOUT BOYS! This is, after all, The Boyfriend List. I went in hoping I would find at least ONE boy that I liked, but instead, I FOUND FOUR SWOONY BOYS! *Throws party* Each of them had their positives and negatives, but I really really liked them! #swoon
2. DON’T BE A PUSHOVER: I have seen so many people be pushed over (I will sadly admit that I’m one of them) and this was one of the BIGGEST lessons that Ruby learnt. If you’re waiting for someone to call, or wondering why a guy kissed you, asked you out and never spoke to you again and waited and waited for THE OTHER PERSON to do something, then you’re like Ruby (and me.) I loved how this was put across, and just the general importance of teenage girls receiving this message.
3. The Ending: There was this note of maturation that hit Ruby at the ending, which completely changed the tone of the book for me. I WAS SO GLAD she was taking charge of her own life and PUTTING HERSELF FIRST and realising some people just WEREN’T WORTH THE TROUBLE and I was so proud of her.
Ruby Oliver's story is DEFINITELY WORTH READING!