Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: The Boyfriend List By E. Lockhart

Friday, November 11, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Boyfriend List By E. Lockhart

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Ruby Oliver #1)
Author's Website: the Book: Amazon

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.
My Review:
     I have mixed feelings about this book but, in the end, I definitely have to say that I liked it.  I enjoyed the story a lot and I thought that it was really interesting how she started each chapter with a boy's name and explained their relationship, while still continuing with the "big story."  The boy I absolutely loved the most was Gideon (#4 on the list).  He wasn't a main character, or even talked about much at all, but he was just so down-to-earth and definitely the nicest guy on Ruby's list. So basically, if I was her, I never would have been able to get over him... Even so, there were quite a few parts of The Boyfriend List that I felt were just over-dramatic or unrealistic.  Some of her friends just seemed sort of ridiculous and, at times,  I just couldn't put myself in her shoes because I couldn't imagine my friends actually doing anything like that... But, I still really liked it and would gladly give it a 4 out of 6!

     Audio-wise I really liked the reader.  She actually sounded like I would have imagined Ruby sounding like, and I can't even begin to explain how nice it is to listen to a realistic voice! So if you're an audiobook fan, I would definitely recommend listening to The Boyfriend List!


  1. This sounds pretty neat! Different for sure! Never heard of it before either I'll have to check it out!

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  2. This sounds like such fun. I should check it out. Thanks for the review :)

  3. I've had this book for years! (Love the new cover) I love that series. E. Lockhart is amazing with infusing wittiness into teenage characters! =)


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