E. Lockhart’s spot-on dialogue and descriptions of painfully but hilariously relatable situations make this young adult novel an addictive read.
Fifteen-year-old Ruby has had a rough ten days. During that time she:
* lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)
* lost her best friend (Kim)
* lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
* did something suspicious with a boy (#10)
* did something advanced with a boy (#15)
* had an argument with a boy (#14)
* had a panic attack
* lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie)
* failed a math test (she’ll make it up)
* hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends)
* became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
* had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!)
But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.
— Amazon.com description for The Boyfriend List, Book 1
Oh Ruby, you hilarious fool you.
She’s the type of girl you laugh with, you root for. But secretly at the same time you’re all: “Darling child, you are making bad decisions! Do you not see the train wreck that is your life?!”
Clearly not. I mean, she IS a teenager, what do you expect?
These books took me back to a time when my life was all friends, frenemies, flirtation and FREAKING OUT. If you cannot relate to these books…you were clearly popular. And had very gorgeous, clear skin and boyfriends galore who treated you like a princess and friends who weren’t bitches behind your back. And I hate you.
For those of us who SUFFERED as teenagers (aka 99.9% of the population), these books are the best ever. Do you remember having random crushes on boys just because they looked at you once in the hallway? I do, and I called him Smile Boy because I didn’t know his name but he SMILED AT ME and that mattered and I thought about him constantly. Along with about 10 other boys. If you had hormones, you probably had a “boyfriend” list.
So, teenagers current and teenagers of years past, read these books. You’ll laugh, you’ll get a little mad, and you’ll get right to the heart of what it means to be a young, painfully-almost-but-not-quite adult.