The Boyfriend List

cover image for The Boyfriend ListLockhart, Emily. (2005) The Boyfriend List. New York, NY: Delacorte Press

Plot Summary:

Ruby Oliver’s life is such a disaster, her parents have sent her to see a shrink.  Well, to be fair, they sent her because she has been having panics attacks.  But the panic attacks are happening because her boyfriend dumped her, her friends won’t speak to her, she’s an outcast at school, and her parents never listen.  So it’s pretty much the same thing.

Critical Evaluation:

A story about a girl losing her friends and her boyfriend and her place in the social hierarchy at school would normally be full of angst and weeping.  The Boyfriend List has those things, but it’s also full of humor, hope, and insight.  The unique voice Lockhart has made for Ruby Oliver is unforgettable, hysterical, utterly suited to the task.  I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Reader’s Annotation:

Ruby Oliver didn’t mean for the list to be made public.

Author Information:

http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/

@elcokhart

Genre:

Humor

Booktalking Ideas:

Reciting the list (and adding some plot) is really the only way to go, yes?

Reading Level/Target Age:

5th grade/14-18

Possible Controversy:

There’s some typical teenage stuff: kissing, talk of sex, drinking, etc.  It’s not likely to cause a problem because it’s mild and Ruby gets in trouble for the drinking.

Reasons for Choosing This Title:

A cousin of mine told me years ago that I had to read this – and now I finally did.

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