The Boyfriend List

The Boyfriend List

15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver

Book - 2005
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A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780385732062
0385732066
9780385732079
Call Number: LOCKHART
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Young adult fiction.
Seattle (Wash.) -- Fiction.
Young adults -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Mar 16, 2016

I read this after We Are Liars, and I expected it to be as serious and strange. This is nothing like We Are Liars! Ruby finds herself estranged from all of her friends, and she writes out a list of boyfriends for her therapist. This book captures the awkwardness of high school relationships. The best part of the book is how Ruby eventually befriends different people who she had previously thought were weird.

Kereesa Jun 01, 2015

E. Lockhart is my new favorite.

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mo_z
Aug 06, 2013

This book to me was very unique It was the first time I have ever seen a book with foots notes which I found very cool because it gave me the impression that she was looking back at her actions and through that, she was figuring out why she was having these attacks. I also liked that she did not sound fake...Or even like a book character, she is the most realistic character I've read about, I could relate to her situations.I loved the fact that she would break the fourth wall and speak to us as if she was giving us her diary as proof that she existed or even that we were witnesses that she was "crazy". The only thing that Ihave to complain about is that it got a little confusing at first imbetween the transitions of her present life and her life in the past. A very fun and cool book to read.

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brenna_noelle
Jul 09, 2013

I thought this was a pretty good book. It was a cute romance kind of thing, but I really loved the footnotes and how the novel is narrated. It took a couple of chapters to get used to the footnotes (sometimes half a page long!) but in the end I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was as good as A Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks (READ IT!) but I still liked it and will read the rest of the series.

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

Ruby Oliver is an absolute delight of a character. Yes she has angst and she's a little bit obsessive in thinking about boys a lot of the time, but in my experience, that's pretty typical for a 15 year old girl. What is so enjoyable about Ruby is her hysterical internal monologues and the footnotes that she uses throughout the novel to add small sidenotes to her own narrative. Ruby's story and her growth over the novel are just plain fun to read and I'm really glad there are three more books in this series.

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

I wish I read this book as a teen. The main character is adorable. I am so glad to discover there are other neurotic girls out there like me!

JasmineAurora Feb 18, 2012

This is a creative and funny book. I really enjoyed it.

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CaitlynnNoelle
Feb 06, 2012

This series was soooo funny. Ruby is a hilarious main character!!!

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meviousmaddie
Mar 05, 2011

E. Lockhart brings Ruby Oliver to life in this debut novel of the series. Though the story was a little too girlie for me, the ending was satisfactory and the footnotes are amusing. At some points you just want to throttle Ruby and hug her in the next... but perhaps that is just the reality with most people you meet. All in all it is short n' sweet ... good book for a rainy day in Seattle (and that's the other thing - it takes place in Seattle, which is kind of AWESOME).

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Nerdtastic
Jul 04, 2010

To the person who wrote on the title page and underlined that sentance near the begining about Jackson:
I do not care how much you like gummy bears or Jackson you, I do not appreciate you writing in a book. Especially with pink pen. It may not be as bad as the defiling of that one volume of FMA but I will not forgive anyone who writes on a library book. :)

Also Jackson is not a nice guy, as Hutch mentioned, althhough I'm sure you disregard that part.
Gideon and Noel are much better. Hutch too.

Love (ha ha) , Nerdtastic

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