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The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

E. Lockhart
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'This list includes absolutely every single boy I have ever had the slightest little any-kind-of-anything with'

Over the course of ten days, Ruby Oliver has lost her best friend, her boyfriend and all her other friends . . . That's enough to give anyone panic attacks, right? Cue Doctor Z, the shrink with a unique idea to combat Ruby's life anxiety: the boyfriend list.

A deliciously funny story of love and not-love, boys who are friends, boyfriends and knitting.

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"Lockhart has created a fun character in the spirit of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson and Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones" (Elaine Baran Black School Library Journal)

"Sharp delivery and expert teen inflection" (Publishers Weekly)

Book Description

15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me . . . The hilarious tale of the life of Ruby Oliver, complete with lists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385732066
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh... 26 Feb. 2013
I feel kind of bad reviewing this book, to be honest. I feel like I should be laughing at Ruby's cynicisms, her kooky upbringing, her general teenage girl-isms... but I didn't. It's a shame, really, because it's clearly delighted quite a few of my friends. Maybe I'm just not into chick-lit. Who knows.

Anyway, The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, And Me, Ruby Oliver is about just that. A girl named Ruby Oliver who has been romantically involved with 15 guys over the course of her life. These romances are anything from the other kids at primary school making up a rumour that you're going out after you became friends, to talking with a high school boy, to having a rumour started about you and another high school boy, covering both long and short-term relationships.

Since Ruby has had a nervous breakdown followed by several panic attacks due to recent events, her mother sends her to a psychiatrist, who Ruby refers to as Doctor Z. Ruby doesn't really know what to do with her life, but she does know that the main problems in her life are to do with her social circle, her cloying parents, and the string of failed romances left in her wake. Doctor Z chooses to focus on Ruby's romantic life, and the novel is basically Ruby's boyfriend list.

The book has an odd way of pacing itself, that's for sure. For example, sometimes Ruby refers to past and future events in the same breath, and it's also difficult to know quite where you are in the present. I can't really put my finger on it, but the flow of the novel was a bit of an issue because of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny! 14 Oct. 2011
By Jo
I fancied a book full of humour, and so picked The Boyfriend List up thinking that it would be pretty funny. What surprised me is that not only was it hilariously funny, but it was also a fairly serious book too.

A series of events - which I'd like to say I believe are mostly not her fault - happen following Ruby's split with her boyfriend Jackson, which lead to Ruby going from being fairly popular to the bottom of the food chain with everyone laughing, whispering and being complete gits to her. Her whole world is turned upside down over a series of days, and she gets so stressed it leads to panic attacks - and lots of them. There were times when my heart just broke for her, because her friends were just being unjustifiably mean, and there were such levels of betrayal that just astounded me. No wonder she had panic attacks and needed therapy!

As all her problems seem to evolve around boys, her therapist gets her to write a list of all the boys there has been any kind of romantic - though I use that word a little loosely - and try to work out what her actual problems are, and so goes the story. As I said this book is also extremely funny, despite the fact that there is a lot of pain. Ruby's personaility just shines through the whole novel, and even the most awkward of situations are written with Ruby's humour shining through. A magazine described the book as "agonizingly funny", and that sums the book up perfectly.

I can't really say much more without spoiling the book, but it's just brilliant! I highly recommend you go out and buy this book! I absolutely loved it! Frotunately, I have the sequel, The Boy Book already, and I'm jumping right in. You should definitely buy TheBoyfriend List!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful heroine 30 May 2011
E. Lockhart has created a wonderful heroine in Ruby. You instantly feel for her; she's just too adorable for you not to. I can't express how much I love that she wears glasses. It seems like such a little thing, but when you're a teen girl and you wear glasses, it means so much to see someone wearing glasses and being regarded as attractive and popular and not some nerdy outcast.

Saying that, The Boyfriend List does introduce us to a Ruby that is friendless and alone, however, it's a recent and temporary predicament, brought on by her two-faced ex-friends (and OK, maybe some of Ruby's own bad decisions. Two of those bad decisions were her choice of friends and boyfriend). I also was really glad about how positively seeing a therapist was represented in this book. I love Ruby's relationship with Doctor Z and I hope the following books continue it.

As Ruby recounts her crushing/flirting/dating history to Doctor Z, some may feel that this novel and its heroine are too boy-fixated, but I think it's clear that every `boy story' is really a story about Ruby's friendships and her family and Ruby herself. How things stand for Ruby at the end of the novel also conveys the message that boys are not the be-all and end-all. Another author might have felt the need to pair Ruby off, but although there are certainly plenty of cute options in The Boyfriend List, when all is said and done, they're just not the most important thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct. 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
The additional title of THE BOYFRIEND LIST is (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver). It's very enlightening, entertaining, and oh-so-paramount to the book. This is the life and times of nearly sixteen-year old Ruby Oliver, former girlfriend of Jackson, former best friend of Kim, former semi-popular Sophomore high-school girl. Now just a girl with panic attacks, a Xerox-copied "Boyfriend List" circulating through school, and a shrink named Doctor Z.

Ruby's life used to be pretty normal, until her boyfriend broke up with her to date her best friend. Then the panic attacks started--shortness of breath, a tightening sensation in the chest, dizziness and nausea--that had her parents shipping her off to a psychiatrist to work out her "issues." Those issues would mainly be, in chronological order:

1) Adam

2) Finn

3) Hutch

4) Gideon

5) Ben

6) Tommy

7) Chase

8) Sky

9) Michael

10) Angelo

11) Shiv

12) Billy

13) Jackson

14) Noel

15) Cabbie

It might sound, in retrospect, like a lot of guys in a short period of time. But Ruby's made a list of every boy who has ever meant something to her, and these are the fifteen guys that make up the list. In THE BOYFRIEND LIST, we learn about all the guys in Ruby's life, from Adam to Cabbie and everyone in between--and the result is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story that is well worth reading.

I can't wait for the release of THE BOY BOOK: A STUDY OF HABITS AND BEHAVIORS, PLUS TECHNIQUES FOR TAMING THEM to be released in September 2006. Since THE BOY BOOK was actually the creation of Ruby Oliver and her friends in THE BOYFRIEND LIST, it should be quite an adventure!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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