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The Boyfriend List

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The Boyfriend List

Fifteen-year-old Ruby Oliver has had a number of unfortunate experiences lately. In the past ten days she has: lost her thirteenth boyfriend as well as her best friends, drank her first beer and got caught by mom, had an argument with a boy, did something suspicious with another, did something advanced with yet another, lost a lacrosse game, failed a math test, became a social outcast, hurt someone's feelings, and had stuff written about her in the girls' bathroom with graffiti. All of this leads to her having panic attacks and seeing a psychologist to help her deal with them.

While seeing the psychologist, Ruby talks about her home life and the experiences she has had with all her boyfriends. She reveals, among other things, that her best friend stole one of her boyfriends and that boys were denying that they had ever gone out with her. She also says that her mother has gone crazy with all the health food she forces everyone else to eat, her parents fight a lot over her, and they're way too protective of her. Will Ruby ever stop having panic attacks and be able to live her life peacefully?

THE BOYFRIEND LIST has provided me with insight into how some guys treat the opposite sex. I believe this will help me when I start looking for my first boyfriend. Hopefully this book will do the same for you, so you won't end up feeling the way Ruby did.

Reviewed by Ashley Hartlaub on September 26, 2006

The Boyfriend List
by E. Lockhart

  • Publication Date: September 26, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385732074
  • ISBN-13: 9780385732079