Author: E. Lockhart
Three Sentence Summary (despite the fantastic subtitle): There is no female YA protagonist more honest than Ruby Oliver. After being forced into therapy by her parents, Ruby begins to tell a story of previous events- including boys, her relationship with her parents, school, etc. It’s the kind of stuff any Seattle fifteen-year-old (guess what- Ruby lives in this very same city) has to cope with but she manages to retell it with humor, charm, and plenty of footnotes.
If I were trying to get a friend to read this book, I’d be sure to mention: That The Boyfriend List is always good. I read this book in middle school, when being fifteen seemed incredibly old and the epitome of cool. Now that I am that age, and after re-reading it over a long weekend, it still made me laugh and completely relate to Ruby’s words and thoughts.
If I could give Ruby some advice, I’d tell her to: Be friends with me and we can hang out at the Birkenstocks store in where she works, whiling away the day with our sarcasm and angst.
If I were stuck with Ruby on a deserted island, I would probably: End up having a lot of fun, which is unusual with most characters!
I would especially recommend this book to readers who like: A bit of a quirky, unconventional style of writing. The plot isn’t exceptional, it’s more about how the story is told.
The cover was awesome because: It’s NOT your typical cheesy image (“What does that lock necklace mean? Is it symbolizing her soul?!”). Instead it’s a cute ceramic frog (it makes sense after reading).
Greta, 15, Teen Center Adviser