Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Boy Book

By E. Lockhart
3 / 5 Gnomes

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.

~Amazon Description~

The summer of Lockhart continues with The Boy Book, part two in the Ruby Oliver story.  Ruby is as neurotic as usual, but she's a boy obsessed teenage girl, so that comes with the territory.  She has found a new normal at school after the tragedy that was sophomore year, and she's slowing learning to find her way once again on the social scene.

Lockhart is a smart writer.  I've said it before, and I'm saying it again.  There are layers to her books, both serious and hilarious, but all true to the teenage experience.  Throughout the story, she interweaves excerpts from the infamous Boy Book written by Ruby and friends during freshman year, each chapter is snappily named, and the footnotes scattered throughout are both humorous and informative.  All of these elements fill out the story in fun and exciting ways.  Plus, I just like Ruby.  Sure, she has her problems, but they are problems that every teenage encounters.  She has a tendency to handle them all wrong, but she's learning and growing.  And she's a movie buff and list maker, two of my favorite things as well.

For those readers who like to meet a character and stick around for awhile, who like to laugh and blush at embarrassing moments, who have ever wanted an inside track into dating and relationships, check out the Ruby Oliver series by E.Lockhart.

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