Also by this author: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book
Series: Ruby Oliver #4
Also in this series: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Read in: December 2010
Source: Personal Collection
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Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!
Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.
Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,
Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,
Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,
Gideon shows up shirtless,
And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.
Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?
Will she ever understand boys?
Will she ever stop making lists?
(No to that last one.)
Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival. - via GoodReads
When I originally picked up The Boyfriend List, I wasn’t all that impressed. I found Ruby to be a bit annoying and one of those people who magnified her problems until they were insurmountable. I’m not sure why but I stuck with the series and it paid off. Maybe it was because she started out as a character I didn’t love, that I enjoyed Real Live Boyfriends by e Lockhart as much as I did.
Ruby Oliver is a quirky kind of girl. Think Jess Day from New Girl. Ruby is finally getting to a stage in her life where she starts making decisions for herself and for what will make her happy. And really? Mad props for that because a lot of us go a lifetime without learning that skill.
I have to say I’m pretty proud of Roo in this book. When things start to head south she has normal reactions. She doesn’t fall apart completely which was her old MO. Instead Ruby toughs out the hard stuff and while she does stumble around a bit, she still makes good choices. i have to say that my heart did hurt for both Roo and Noel. They both had a little growing up to do.
Overall, I’d have to say that the Ruby Oliver series was a good time investment. I enjoyed it and it made me giggle. if you’re looking for a quick light read, this is the one you want.