2012: 4.-6. Three Ruby Oliver Books

"Before anyone reading this thinks to call me a slut - or even just imagines I'm incredibly popular - let me point out that this list includes absolutely every single boy I have ever had the slightest little any-kind-of-anything with." ~first line of the boyfriend list

the boyfriend list

the boy book 

the treasure map of boys, all by e. lockhart

      These are three very charming young adult books, all about a high school girl named Ruby Oliver (and I just found out there is a fourth I haven't read!).  Written by the author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (which I LOVED), and Dramarama (which I didn't, quite as much, but I freely admit that it was very well written - I just didn't like the main character, who was sort of a pill).  Anyway, these are all about how Ruby's life fell apart during her sophmore year, when she loses all her friends because of a misunderstanding over a boy.  Soon she's having panic attacks, and trying to rebuild her life as a sophmore.  

     The books are funny and charming, because Ruby is funny and charming, but they also are about real stuff - figuring out who you are, who your friends are, how to be a girl, how to be a person, and all sorts of good stuff like that.  But mostly the it's just great to spend time with Ruby - she can be maddening and obtuse (as a grown up you sort of want to shake her and tell her to pull her emotional life together) but that's what being a teenager is all about, isn't it?  

Categories:  Young adult, library (for the second two)

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