Reading level: Ages 12 and upMy Review:
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Ruby Oliver #1)
Author's Website: http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/Buy 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.
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!