Audio Review: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

boyfriend listThe Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Ember
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

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.


4 out of 5

My Thoughts

You guys, you guys, you guys!  Obviously, I love YA books.  Although I read a variety of different kinds of books, YA books have become my favorite over the last couple of years.  But, I’ll be honest here, most of the particular YA books I read, I don’t really feel are the most accurate as to what life is like as a teen.  I’m even talking about contemporary YA.  I’m not knocking the books I’ve read, and there are definitely some that felt very authentic.  I don’t always want the events in books to be realistic.  I like reading about things that are fantastical, even in realistic fiction.

BUT, but, but, The Boyfriend List seriously reminded me of my teenage years – and also made me infinitely glad that my teen years are way behind me.  I really liked so many things about The Boyfriend List: Ruby, Ruby’s therapist, how authentic it was regarding high school.

So, yeah, this story follows Ruby Oliver as she works through her Boyfriend List while talking to her therapist.  It was an interesting way to tell the story because it wasn’t really told chronologically.  I will say that sometimes I was a little confused on when certain events took place, but this might have also been because I was listening to the audiobook, so I couldn’t flip back through the pages.

Ruby is a pretty cool character.  Although she was having panic attacks due to the stress at school, I do feel like she was handling it better than I would have.  I liked seeing how she was pretty strong, and I liked seeing her become more confident in herself as she worked through some of her issues.  I could really relate to some of the things she discovered.  For example, what she called The Tate Universe.  Basically The Tate Universe is how when you’re in high school, you can’t really get away from the people there.  You’re always surrounded by them.  That is how I felt in high school, too.  You know how in high school if something bad happens, it feels like the whole world knows, even though it is one high school in the world.  When I went to college, I loved that I felt a bit more removed from that feeling.

Oh my gosh, and Ruby’s ex-boyfriend, Jackson.  Holy cow he reminded me so much of one of my boyfriends in high school.  I mean, not everything Jackson did, my high school bf did, but some big things regarding Jackson’s personality seemed based on my high school boyfriend.  And it made me sooo happy that I am no longer in high school.

Anyway, I really enjoyed The Boyfriend List.  I don’t know if I will rush out and get the next book in the series, but eventually I think I will read the other Ruby Oliver books.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Audio Review: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

  1. Alison says:

    Glad you enjoyed The Boyfriend List too Quinn! I didn’t have the problems Ruby had but I still was absolutely able to relate to everything she was going through. The rest of the series is pretty good as well. It’s not ground breaking but is fun and fluffy.

  2. This is a book I’ve always wanted to read, Quinn. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful review. I’ll make sure I DO pick it up – and soon! 🙂

  3. Book Blather says:

    “It made me so happy I’m no longer in high school…” Lol. Great review, I like the sound of this one!

  4. This book sounds like one I would like to try the cover!

  5. I think you make a good point that lots of YA contemporaries don’t feel realistic. Maybe that’s because I just didn’t have those experiences myself, but that still has the potential for me to have a more difficult time connecting with the characters and all. So I’m glad you were able to connect with this story a lot better than most! That’s always a good feeling. I’ve heard great things about this series and definitely need to read it at some point myself!

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