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From E. Lockhart, author of the highly acclaimed, "New York Times" bestseller "We Were Liars, "which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes "The Boyfriend List," the first book in the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver novels. Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break--she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she: " lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list), lost her best friend (Kim), lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket), did something suspicious with a boy (#10), did something advanced with a boy (#15), had an argument with a boy (#14), drank her first beer (someone handed it to her), got caught by her mom (ag!), had a panic attack (scary), lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie), failed a math test (she'll make it up), hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends), became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch) and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!). " But don't worry--Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists. "From the Hardcover edition."

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • 26 Sep 2006
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
  • New York
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0385732074
  • 9780385732079
  • 63,047

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E. Lockhart is the author of the highly acclaimed" New York Times" bestseller "We Were Liars "and the Ruby Oliver quartet ("The""Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, " and "Real Live Boyfriends"), as well as "Fly""on the Wall, Dramarama, " and "How to Be Bad" (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. "From the Hardcover edition."

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Praise for "the boyfriend list" * "Spot-on dialogue and details make this a painfully recognizable and addictive read."--"Publishers Weekly", Starred "Lockhart shines at depicting the all-encompassing microcosm of school social life."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Lockhart has created a fun character in the spirit of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson and Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones....The snappy dialogue makes this story a winner."--"School Library Journal" "An ingenious way to look at one teenager's life....The book is spectacular, with a well-constructed story and deep, emotional significance."--"The Romantic Times" "Breezy and genuine, with a tender understanding of who really walks the halls in America's high schools. The Boyfriend List made me laugh and, yeah, I was kind of attracted to Kim."--Ned Vizzini, author of "It's Kind of a Funny Story" ""The Boyfriend List" is a wonderful comic exploration of the maddening (but hilarious) world of mothers and fathers, the gut-wrenching politics (and excitement) of multiple crushes, and the complications (and kinship) of friendship. Ruby Oliver is a winning girl (even if she doesn't realize it) we'd all befriend in a heartbeat (as long as she doesn't have her eyes on our guy)."--Jill A. Davis, author of "Girls' Poker Night" "Ruby Oliver's list of boyfriends is a wonderful and tragic document of our times. I felt kind of bad for some of the guys on the list, but at the same time, while I read, I kept wishing I was on it."--J. Minter, author of the Insiders series An ALA Best Book for Young Adults "From the Hardcover edition."

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Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break--she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she: " lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list), lost her best friend (Kim), lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket), did something suspicious with a boy (#10), did something advanced with a boy (#15), had an argument with a boy (#14), drank her first beer (someone handed it to her), got caught by her mom (ag!), had a panic attack (scary), lost a lacrosse game (she's the goalie), failed a math test (she'll make it up), hurt Meghan's feelings (even though they aren't really friends), became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch) and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!). But don't worry--Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists. "From the Hardcover edition.

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The additional title of THE BOYFRIEND LIST is (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver). It's very enlightening, entertaining, and oh-so-paramount to the book. This is the life and times of nearly sixteen-year old Ruby Oliver, former girlfriend of Jackson, former best friend of Kim, former semi-popular Sophomore high-school girl. Now just a girl with panic attacks, a Xerox-copied "Boyfriend List" circulating through school, and a shrink named Doctor Z. Ruby's life used to be pretty normal, until her boyfriend broke up with her to date her best friend. Then the panic attacks started--shortness of breath, a tightening sensation in the chest, dizziness and nausea--that had her parents shipping her off to a psychiatrist to work out her "issues." Those issues would mainly be, in chronological order: 1) Adam 2) Finn 3) Hutch 4) Gideon 5) Ben 6) Tommy 7) Chase 8) Sky 9) Michael 10) Angelo 11) Shiv 12) Billy 13) Jackson 14) Noel 15) Cabbie It might sound, in retrospect, like a lot of guys in a short period of time. But Ruby's made a list of every boy who has ever meant something to her, and these are the fifteen guys that make up the list. In THE BOYFRIEND LIST, we learn about all the guys in Ruby's life, from Adam to Cabbie and everyone in between--and the result is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story that is well worth reading.show more
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