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March 30, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

E. Lockhart - The Boyfriend List1The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
March 22, 2005
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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

But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.



First sentence: “Before anyone reading this thinks to call me a slut—or even just imagines I’m incredibly popular—let me point out that this list includes absolutely every single boy I have ever had the slightest little any-kind-of-anything with.”


I think it’s safe to say that I’m a huge fan of E. Lockhart, especially after reading this book. I don’t usually find contemporary YA that focus on typical high school dramas appealing, but I enjoyed The Boyfriend List more than I expected and that pleasantly surprised me. The book makes me reminisce my own high school experience. It was in no way full of the dramas that the main character, Ruby Oliver, faced, but I could identify with what she felt. I really enjoyed this book so much that I couldn’t do a conventional review. Why not a list-type one that tells you what you will probably do when you read The Boyfriend List?

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