Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Boy Book by E. Lockhart

The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
Release Date: September 26th, 2006
Publisher:  Delacorte Books

Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep: Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.  Cricket: Not speaking. Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything.  Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.  Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.  Dr. Z: Speaking.  And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking. But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe. -

This is part 1 of a 3 part review series on E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver books.  See my previous review of the first book in the series at The Boyfriend List.  I didn't review them all together because I have to admit these books are so funny that I usually have waited until I'm having a bad day to read the next one because I know it will cheer me up.

In this second installment, The Boy Book, Ruby "Roo" Oliver is still seeing Doctor Z for her panic attacks and generally still trying to make sense of her life after the big Jackson breakup and the subsequent loss of all her friends.  And being known as a "famous slut."

Roo stays true to her character, funny and irreverent about life and her own circumstances.  I absolutely adore this character and am actually really sad to have finally read the last book, as I know that means the end of my awesome escapism into her hysterical life.

In The Boyfriend List, Doctor Z had Roo create a "boyfriend list" that detailed each guy that was significant in her life.  In this book, Ruby draws information from The Boy Book, which is more like a rules for the road for girls to read about boys.  Her insights in this book are an absolute riot.  I love watching Roo grow even more in this book, as she had already come so far in the last book.

Does she end up with a boyfriend in the end of The Boy Book?  Can't tell you.  It might ruin the other stories.  Suffice it to say, boyfriend or no boyfriend, this book is not to be missed.  If you have read any of Ruby's books, you have to read them all. 

Excellent sequel!  I would say I can't wait for the third book but...I have already read it.  Be looking for the next review: Book 3 of the Ruby series: The Treasure Map of Boys.

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