Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Released: July 28th 2010
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
(This isn't the cover I have, but I prefer it to my version :])
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more:
Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill.
Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists. (from Goodreads)
Right, first of all, I know the Goodreads summary says this is a "companion" novel, but just to be clear, it's a sequel. It's a direct sequel to The Boy Book, so yeah. Just wanted to clear that up :P. Now for the review.
The Treasure Map of Boys was another amazing book in the Ruby Oliver series. In this one, Jackson started talking to Ruby again, Nora was in like with Noel more than ever and even Meghan was on the road to leaving the state of Noboyfriend (which I found quite hilarious :P). Ruby, though, was having trouble denying the way Noel made her feel (even though we’ve known since forever!), or the weirdness between her and Jackson. She didn’t know what to do about any of it, which I thought was quite realistic – because what could she do really? Any action would hurt at least one of her friends in the process. I think The Treasure Map of Boys showed the biggest struggle Ruby had to deal with so far, because in this book, she finally accepted she had feelings for Noel, whilst also knowing Nora liked him too. She was under the threat of doing the same thing Kim did to her, and it was stressing her out, to say the least. You could really empathise with Ruby in this book, because it just seemed so unfair that nothing ever went her way, and she always had so many problems to deal with even though she rarely did anything completely wrong. I think this book reveals the truth behind friendship, and what friends are willing to go through for each other, and also shows how Ruby & co. have grown up a lot since The Boyfriend List.
Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver #4) by E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Released: December 28th 2010
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!
Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.
Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,
Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,
Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,
Gideon shows up shirtless,
And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.
Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?
Will she ever understand boys?
Will she ever stop making lists?
(No to that last one.)
Roo has lost most of her friends. She's lost her true love, more than once. She's lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she's never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival. (from Goodreads)
Real Live Boyfriends was a perfect conclusion to the series. One of the reasons I love the series so much is that despite the fact my life is completely different to Ruby’s, despite the fact the only thing we really have in common is a sarcastic sense of humour and poor vision and despite the fact I love anime and Ruby despises it, I could still relate to her. Her world felt so real, full with real problems that anyone could experience and have to deal with. Ruby was such a great character because she was flawed and knew she was flawed, yet also acknowledged the good stuff about herself too. She represented every worry every teenage has probably had, yet she was funny smart, and you couldn’t help but love her, even though she didn’t always make the best decisions. She was one of the most believable characters I’ve ever read about. Real Live Boyfriends was just brilliant – it was a funny, witty, emotional, mixed up and yet completely amazing book. I LOVED the ending, and think it was just right for Ruby. Series highly recommended.