Title: The Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Where I got it: ODLC (the library’s e-book collection)
One sentence: Fifteen year old Ruby Oliver starts visits to a shrink after she starts getting panic attacks and relays the rough past ten days in which she has become a social outcast through “the boyfriend list”.
Themes: Rumors, romance
Main character: Ruby was a likeable main character: witty, down-to-earth, and relatable. She made some mistakes during the book, but I tend to like main characters who mess up along the way.
Secondary characters: Not really memorable. There were a couple ‘aww’ moments with some of the boys: Shiv, in particular. I hated Jackson and Kim, which is probably what I was meant to feel, but I didn’t understand their motives, which made them very flat characters to me.
Writing style: Lockhart has a very readable and entertaining writing style. The only thing that I had some issues with were the footnotes. I thought it was a clever idea to relay information, but I didn’t end up reading them when they were supposed to be read. I just waited until the end of the chapter and read them all at once (which is what I assume a lot of readers do), so they lost meaning, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time flipping back and forth to see what sentence each footnote was paired with. Would have been better if the footnotes were at the bottom of the page.
Plot: Entertaining. Not very original, but a good interpretation of high school as a teenage girl. The timeline often bounced all over, which was a little confusing but conveyed Ruby’s voice well. The main plot was constantly interrupted by spin-off about boys from the past.
Best scene: Any of Ruby’s discussions with her parents and the Hutch/dad/Ruby conversation.
Positives: Relatable and funny main character, witty and entertaining voice, realistic
Negatives: Confusing footnotes, timeline, a little slow at times.
Ending: I like that everything didn’t turn out perfect in the end. Another facet of realism; life doesn’t work that way. Still, I did want some closure.
Verdict: Cute and charming, but not necessarily memorable.
I liked this book, but not enough. I wanted her to talk about the other guys in detail like she did with Simon. All she talked about was Simon, Simon, Simon. The other boys she was suppose to be talking about, only got like a sentence or two. The rest was about Simon. And overall, it was stupid becasue she was dating him first, and then her bff starts dating him, and everyone gets mad at her. Just wierd. But it was an okay book.
A boyfriend list of boys who aren't really boyfriends
Reader reviewed by Adriana M.
Ruby is a 15-year old who has become somewhat of a leper at her high school after a series of events lands her in a therapist's couch and she starts suffering from panic attacks. Her therapist, Dr. X asks her to provide a list of boys. The so-called 'boyfriend list' somehow gets out at her high school, and that contributes to her friends not talking to her, and Ruby feeling more and more isolated and anxious. But the list is not made up of boys that were her boyfriends, just boys that affected her, she crushed on, or were even slightly important to her.
In the course of the novel Ruby goes through the list explaining each boy. Even though they aren't all ex-boyfriends of hers, people get the impression that she is basically a 'slut'.
Despite this angle, the books is light and humorous, and Ruby takes it all in stride as she tries to come to terms with her situation. As I read it, I thought some of her former friends were much too cruel and unfair to Ruby, and I wanted her to somehow get back at them. The footnotes that the author uses were also somewhat distracting, because even though they offered more insight and were meant to be humorous, they often interrupted the flow of the story.
This book had a nice plot and the storyline was very creative, but I found that the footnotes at the bottom of the pages were quite annoying. I could not really focus on the book because the footnotes were really quite distracting. I've tried to ignore the footnotes but they are very VERY hard not to. It's a pretty good book but I suggest to those that do not like footnotes to not read this book.
As I was reading this book, I must confess that I saw the whole idea of a 'boyfriend" in a new light. I realized that there were people who technically should have been counted as boyfriends for me based on what this book says. So then I had to get out my journal and make my own list! Ok, so I originally made one in grade school, but now it was more fun to look back...and cringe.
I like the setting of the houseboat. I don't think I've ever read a book-particularly a YA book where the character lived someplace so unusual. I liked her parents-I loved them actually. The parents' converations, particularly the mother, were some of the funniest parts of this novel. And I love that the mother had a "real person" role and not just a "mom" role. We learned about her career and her 1-woman show, which I thought was funny when she'd talk about her fans.
This was a fun read and I especially liked how there was the confusion of the guy who all of a sudden dropped her & then the closure when she found out that he had overheard her talking and thought she was making fun of him. That was a surprising twist that I didn't see coming and I appreciated that as a reader.
i am 13 and i liked this book very much. i dont know how roo did it but i would have never survived. i liked this book because it reminded me of skewl gossip. it is deffinatly a girl book. i would recomend it to another teen and i already did!