The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart

The Boy BookTitle: The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2)

Author: E. Lockhart

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

A Study of Boy Habits and Behaviours from 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.

Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver’s junior year at Tate Prep:

Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
Cricket: Not speaking.
Nora: Speaking–sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school–once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn’t called Ruby, or anything.
Noel: Didn’t care what anyone thinks.
Meghan: Didn’t have any other friends.
Dr. Z: Speaking.
And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But with a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to “The Boy Book” and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

The Review

In the second part of the Ruby Oliver series we see Ruby trying to repair things: her friendships, her reputation and her life. However, in the crazy world of high school, things are never that easy.

The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart sees Ruby trying to move on. She is avoiding her old friends who have turned their backs on her but there is a glimmer of hope with her old friend Nora. She makes new friend and stops being a social leper and most importantly she learns to forgive herself for her mistakes.

I really loved The Boy Book. It is at a slower pace than its predecessor The Boyfriend List and it focuses more on female friendships rather than the need to have a boyfriend. Don’t get me wrong, boys and romance still feature but The Boy Book shows how the power of friendship can have a healing effect.

I am really glad that I started reading this series by E Lockhart. I have a few of her other books waiting on my TBR pile. They have been there a while but having read the first two books in the Ruby Oliver series, I know that she is a writer I can trust. I may have to boost her other books to the top of the TBR pile.

The next two books in the Ruby Oliver series – The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon – and Me (Ruby Oliver #3) and Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #4) – will be released in August 2016. I can’t wait!

The Boy Book: A study of Habits and Behaviours, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2) by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com.

For more information regarding Hot Key Books (@HotKeyBooks) please visit www.hotkeybooks.com.

4 Stars

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