About the book:
Title: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
This was an adorable, lighthearted, funny read, and I really enjoyed it! Reading this story was a lot of fun, and even though it’s not my favourite book ever, it was still pretty cute and interesting!
The book revolves around 15-year old Ruby Oliver, who tends to sometimes get anxiety and panic attacks. Lately, a lot of things have been stressing her out, including boy problems, academics, and HUGE fights with her closest friends. The whole world seems to be crashing down on her, so she starts going to a therapist to get some help, and potentially some tips on how to deal with everything that’s going on. Her therapist suggests that she make lists of her worries and everything happening, so ends up making a list of all the boys she’s ever been interested in (also including the boys that have liked her), and the drama just takes off from there!
Even though I found Ruby to be a tiny bit whiny and not the most likeable of characters, reading about her was still quite a blast! She had a very unique sense of humour which really showed in the story, and the way she viewed life was very different from an average teenage girl. I felt like I could totally relate to her, and that other teens would be able to as well. She experiences and deals with a lot of common teenage problems, and I think that many readers could benefit from a like-minded character like her.
Her friends, though, are super mean and untrustworthy. I did not like them at all. It was like one second they were so nice to Ruby, and then the next she’s being given the cold shoulder. That is ABSOLUTELY NOT how real friends should act, which makes them not-so-good role models! They are one of the only reasons why I didn’t like this book as much as I could’ve, as there was just so much (maybe a bit too much?) drama between everyone, and it honestly got a bit annoying after a while.
I’d recommend this book to any teen struggling to find their identity and where they fit in, as this book has one of the most relatable protagonists ever! If you read this, you’ll find yourself feeling how Ruby feels at any given time, and once you’re done this little book, I know you’ll want to know much more about her adventures. I know I want to get my hands on all the other books!
Rating: 4/5 Stars!