Title: The Boyfriend List (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver)
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Ruby Oliver is having a rough time. She lost her boyfriend, her best friends are no longer speaking to her, and she keeps having panic attacks. On her therapists suggestion, she makes a list of any boy she’s ever had any type of relationship with. Then tells us their stories.
Ruby Oliver is a very believable (and very unlucky) teenager . She could’ve easily been annoying or depressing, but instead she was funny and likeable. I was just so frustrated for her, but I couldn’t stop reading the train wreck that her life has become.
The stories of the “boyfriends” are woven into the present day story. While telling us about her current predicament, Ruby discusses her camp crush or her first kiss. It keeps the book interesting.
I didn’t love this book – though I can’t quite pinpoint why – but I liked it and I am looking forward to reading the other Ruby Oliver books.