Monday, July 23, 2012

The Treasure Map of Boys

By E. Lockhart
3.5 / 5 Gnomes

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.

~Amazon Description~

Book three completed in the life of Ruby Oliver.  Sometimes Ruby Oliver seems like a train wreck.  I'm constantly yelling at the book trying to get her to stop the inevitable craziness she's about to get herself into in the halls of Tate Prep.  She thinks and rethinks everything so much that it's a wonder she doesn't have panic attacks all the time.  She's just a teenager though.  And a pretty awesome one at that if she'd just get out of her own head.  She has her own style, her own opinions, and a fantastic sense of humor.

While you see herself repeating patterns over and over again, you also see her grow.  For a teen facing anything similar to Ruby's dilemmas in school, that would have to be refreshing.  Pettiness happens.  It's high school.  People are mean and catty.  It's high school.  You will mess up and embarrass yourself occasionally.  It's high school.  But all that stress in high school is fleeting.  Tomorrow, someone else will do something to grab the attention of the populace.  Ruby might have flaws, but at least she's living and growing.  Half of high school is acceptance and forgiveness of yourself when you do really stupid things.

So while it can be almost painful watching Ruby Oliver, you really love her and are fighting for her to survive.  One more book in the quartet, and one more book off my must read this summer list!

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