A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{February 15, 2013}   Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

realliveboyfriendsPlot: After a terrible breakup and months of therapy, Ruby is in love again. Or she thought she was until her boyfriend Noel stops calling or emailing her and seems to be elsewhere, even when they’re together. Not only is her love life in shambles, again, but her mother is angry at her, one of her few remaining friends is spending the year in Paris and her old crush, Gideon, is suddenly interested in her. And the pygmy goat Rospierre is no help whatsoever.

My valentine’s day read was the last Ruby Oliver book (read my reviews of The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book and The Treasure Map of Boys) because though it is about love, it is also very messy and honest… which perfectly suits my current romantic mood. I really loved this series from beginning to end. Ruby is hilarious, charming and flawed with a quirky view on the world that I truly appreciate (she is obsessed with movies, calls her mourning Reginald, writes letters to goats and has rabbit fever, which causes a girl to be truly boy crazy). She gets herself into another roller coaster of emotions but she has also clearly grown a lot since the first book and she is better able to stand up for herself and say what she wants.

Just as the first book was constructed around Ruby’s list of boyfriends, most of the chapters in this volume begin with her video interviews of her friends and acquaintances on the subjects of love, friendship and popularity, all subjects at the heart of this series. The footnotes are back, as are the hilarious chapter headings. There is little to say about this book that I haven’t said in my previous reviews but I will say that I was very satisfied with the ending which was happy, but realistic, and involves some of my favorite boys of the series. Who of all the boys from the original boyfriend list, if any, does Ruby end up with? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. 🙂

I’m sad to say goodbye to Ruby (and Noel, Hutch and Rospierre the pygmy goat) but I take comfort in the fact that there are more Lockhart books to read: Fly on the Wall, Dramarama and, coming in spring 2014, We Were Liars. And until then, Lockhart has some fun games and quizzes on her website related to her books.

2013 (#17)


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