- Young Adult Fiction
- The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #3)
The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #3)
Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill.
Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists.
These Ruby Oliver books have truly wormed their way into my dark, judgmental heart. Reading series books all in a row has been a reading goal of mine ever since I got partway into the Wheel of Time books, took a break and couldn't remember anything by the time I came back to it, meaning I would have to start over. Still, I don't follow through on my series-reading plan most of the time, because sometimes you just don't want to begin the next book immediately after closing the one you've just completed. With Ruby Oliver, I want to segue directly into the next one, because I just need to know what will become of these flawed and loveable characters.
To a large degree, I do not have a lot to say about these books besides what I've said in my previous reviews, which I do not see a point in repeating ad nauseum. Ruby remains a marvelous character, with ups and downs, but general positive improvement. She grows and changes, but in a slow, natural way. Her whole situation feels so lifelike, and so does she. Her narration remains spot-on, consistently Ruby.
These books have been incredibly consistent in quality and narrative voice. In the previous installment, The Boy Book, I encountered some difficulties with infodumping information about the first book, but Lockhart locked that down here, keeping any needed back story for an unfamiliar reader to Ruby's footnotes. With that small weakness fixed, the writing is perfect and engaging for anyone who appreciates Ruby's way of expressing herself.
One aspect of the series I've as yet neglected to mention is Ruby's feminist viewpoint. She does wonderful things like getting boys to contribute to the bake sale, insisting that the idea that only women should bake is antiquated (true). Of course, Ruby still suffers from our society, struggling with labels like slut, and whether she's a good or bad person because of how she behaves with boys (she's not). I love to imagine Ruby in college and squelching these unhealthy societal attitudes from her mind, and loving herself wholly. Speaking of that, Ruby is not one of these heroines who goes on and on about how ugly she is; nor does she have perfect self-confidence. Basically, she's a normal girl who feels sexy sometimes and like a roly poly leper troll other times.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Everything, but only in the sense that I want MORE Ruby Oliver right now!
The Final Verdict:
If you've been enjoying the Ruby Oliver books, The Treasure Map of Boys will not leave you disappointed, but will however leave you wanting more, namely the final book in the series, Real Live Boyfriends. Thankfully, I'm reading this next, because I just have to know what will happen with Ruby, Noel, Meghan and the rest.
Ruby Oliver is back again. Now she's lost her job at the zoo. She keeps wanting Noel even though she's trying to be a better person and let Nora have him. Jackson's broken up with Kim and he's left a froggy laden with meaning in her cubby. Finn is making nija brownies for her ChuBS bake sale and blushing whenever she talks to him. All the while she's talking to Dr.Z about her leaperdom and trying to control her escalating panic attacks.
I think any girl with a sense of humor and has had major friend problems in the past will love this book. Don't skip the footnotes because those are some of the funniest parts. I was quoting the book at the end saying: spankin', mocha latte, and rabbit fever; and I was dying for it not to stop at the end.
Getting smothered with kind words and confusing signals, Ruby Oliver doesnt know what to think of these boys. Ones her ex-boyfriend, ones her secret crush, another is her best friends brother, and the other is a sweet and gentle soccer player. It should be entertaining to watch as different guys try to catch her attention and own her heart, but for Ruby, it just gives her panic attacks and ex-best friends. I guess thats what you get for being yourself! Caught in the middle of love triangles and exploding science projects, Ruby has had enough. So her therapist tells her to make a treasure map of the relationships that you would like to have. There starts the other half of Rubys journey through Junior year in high school.
The Treasure Map of Boys is a book that wont get out. of. my. head. Its & unforgettable! Rubys story is one that has happened many times in real life, Im sure, but is the first to be put down on paper. Thats one of the reasons its so unique. Author E. Lockharts writing isnt the most original but it still has its charm.
Most of the characters were enjoyable to the highest level and I liked reading how Ruby tried to choose between them: which ones she wants as friends and which ones she wants to be more than friends with. Its all realistic but at the same time, a little predictable.
I felt bad that Ruby had so many so-called friends that stood by her, but were never actually true friends. I found them selfish and & just plain mean! I didnt like them at all. But there were a few things that bothered me about Ruby herself. She jumps to unproven conclusions and she never exactly finds out the truth to her thoughts. Other than Ruby being a little feministic, I enjoyed the book enough to recommend it.
Release date: July 2009
Contains: inappropriate touching and talk of nudity, sexual references, Christians portrayed as annoying, brief strong language
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The Treasure Map Of Boys
Release Date: July 28, 2009
Reading Level: 12 & up
Rating: 4 stars
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and its her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and whats more:
Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Rubys already-sucky reputation is heading downhill.
Not only that, shes also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true loveif such a thing exists.
This was a really cute book. It would be a really good read for just lounging around reading on a summer day or something. It's not a real complicated plot so it was easy to get (which was good, as I hadn't read the previous 2 Ruby Oliver books).
Ruby's character was really fun and tries to do the best. You can't help but to love her through all the things she does!
Never A Dull Moment
The Treasure Map of Boys
By E. Lockhart
Pub. Date: July 2009
4 out of 5 stars
PG-13 - Profanity and Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Boys complicate things& but Ruby is so sick of being alone&
Ruby Olivers reputation has been run into the ground, straggled, and buried several times in the past year. All because of boys. Well& not boys exactly. More like Rubys relationship with boys. She has been in the state of no boyfriend for a successful 37 weeks hoping it will help cool down the disputes. But now with school starting again, everything she has been working for begins to backfire. Noel is writing her poetry, Jackson is giving frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. As her mental health deteriorates and panic attacks occur far more frequently, she is faced with tough choices. Either learn from her mistakes and move on, or fall back into her old mishaps. This time she might not make it out of her slump&
The Treasure Map of Boys never had a dull moment. The crazy situations accurately captured the instability of teens and the awkwardness that ensues because of them. Add the adults portrayed as dim, far-off, and not understanding and real chaos proceeds.
Ruby really needed a hug. It was mind blowing how much guilt and unsureness she could bottle up inside. She made mistakes and it torments her with no remorse. Sadly, her friends dont help her plight either. The added notes found in Rubys cubby hole helped shed some light on the minor characters feelings and thoughts without switching the storys narrator. I found this was majorly beneficial in the book for understanding the characters and their reasoning.
The footnotes were interesting and funny, but cluttered the chapters. The narration, inner thoughts, cubby hole notes, emails, and the like were already present and making the story choppy. It got confusing going between them and the footnotes. If would have been easier to follow along if the footnotes were added in parenthesis or just nixed all together.
I will not be recommending this book to my younger sisters though. If this book is going to be read I suggest it be read by older teens, 14 and up. Why? Because the craziness of the schools students was overdone. By that I mean, not all teens are cussing or making out in school. Not all teens are inappropriately touching each other. Not all teens are careless followers. Not all teens are narcissistic and unforgiving. There are such teens, but it is a much smaller amount then represented in this book. Besides& its wrong to do such things.
If another book in the Ruby Oliver series is released, I will be checking it out.
Date Reviewed: May 31st, 2009
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