Review: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend ListTitle: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1)

Author: E. Lockhart

Pages: 229 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Book

The Blurb

15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver

From E. Lockhart, author of the best-seller We Were Liars, and the highly-acclaimed The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, comes this hilarious and heart-warming series.

Ruby Oliver is fifteen and has a shrink. But before you make up your mind about her, you should know that she has had a pretty awful (and eventful) past ten days. She has:

lost her boyfriend (#13 on the boyfriend list),
lost her best friend,
lost all her other friends,
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,
failed a math test,
hurt Meghan’s feelings,
became a social outcast,
and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom.

But don’t worry, Ruby lives to tell the tale. Through a special assignment to list all the boys she’s ever had the slightest, little, any-kind-of-anything with, comes an unfortunate series of events that would be enough to send any girl in a panic.

The Review

There is nothing crueller than school kids….actually that is a bit of a fib; there is nothing crueller than a teenage girl. I speak from experience because a) I was one once and b) I work in a high school and see the repercussions of angst-ridden teenage strops every day.

The subject of E Lockhart’s The Boyfriend Book is the breakdown of female friendships due to the social pairings with the opposite sex. Is that too fancy a description for you? Basically, when boys get involved friendships go to pot. I would like to say that this is a problem exclusive to teenage girls but having experienced something similar in my late twenties I was able to empathise with protagonist Ruby Oliver.

Ruby’s seemingly happy world comes crumbling around her when her boyfriend Jackson breaks up with her. Things go from bad to worse but all this is going to be discussed in therapy. Yes, she is now being forced to go to therapy by her parents. All her therapist wants to do is discuss the boys in Ruby’s life much to Ruby’s discomfort.

The Boyfriend List is brilliant. It accurately depicts high school life and one of the pressures of being a teenager. It is easy to sympathise with Ruby because she embodies the gawky awkward teenage girl who is just trying to fit in. E Lockhart has managed to create a new version of Mean Girls but Regina George has nothing on some of the characters in The Boyfriend List. Yep, they are that vicious.

The great news about The Boyfriend List is that it already has a sequel available. The even greater news is that it has two more sequels due out over the next few months. I, for one, will be buying these! You should too.

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #1) by E. Lockhart is available now.

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4 Stars

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