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Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Boyfriend List : (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby by E. Lockhart

This is a hilarious story with really incredible voice and strong character development. I really enjoyed it, although it did make me cringe in several parts remembering some of the heartbreak that IS high school. I got it on CD from the Multnomah County library and the reader was good. She didn't do all the voices like some I've heard, but she definitely sounded like a high school girl!

Ruby is the female protagonist who has gotten herself into some trouble over, you guessed it, a boy. Well, mostly one boy, but there's a whole list of others - literally. And the boy trouble, as you might imagine, develops into a whole lot of girlfriend problems as well. She might take a cue from Bella (Twilight fans, you'll know what I mean) and stick with vampires and werewolves. They're less trouble than boys...Sorry, guys.

One thing I really liked about this novel is how Ruby works through her problems with her therapist and really learns a lot about who she's been and who she wants to be. Because Ruby has some not so enviable qualities at the start. Behaviors she has to learn to curb if she's going to become a really good person. And Ruby is willing to be introspective. She wants to be a good person. It's not easy, though, and sympathetic readers will really feel for Ruby as she goes through these difficulties. The author really makes her into someone you care about.

I really did enjoy this book, but it has a few too many sexual references for me to feel comfortable with having it in the library at school, so I won't be buying it.

P.S. What's up with the E. Lockhart thing? Is the author's name Elephant and it's embarrassing or something? Just tell me your name, please.

1 comment:

Rowena_Eureka said...

Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review.