Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review - Real Live Boyfriends

This is the synopsis from Amazon:

Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,
Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,
Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,
Gideon shows up shirtless,
And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.

Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?
Will she ever understand boys?
Will she ever stop making lists?
(No to that last one.)

Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

My review: 3 stars

Plot: This book was cute, but it bothered me a lot with the way she treated her relationships. Plus the girl on the cover looks younger, so I was not expecting her to be the 17 year old she is. It confused me through the entire book, as I was imagining her younger.

Characters: One thing I did like about Ruby is that she is very honest. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind to people, even if she knew she'd hurt them.

Setting: The only setting in the book I found significant was her houseboat. She spends a good amount of the book there, hanging out with friends or wakeboarding.

Overall: I didn't dislike this book, but there were many things that Ruby did regarding her relationships that really bothered me, such as her arrogance to her mother and her boundaries with her boyfriend. However, this book was cute and I enjoyed it.

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