The Boyfriend List (#bookgapchallenge no. 2)

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
Paperback, 229 pages

I think that I don’t have enough friends to have the kind of drama Ruby Oliver has in The Boyfriend List by e. lockhart. I am the (book) supplier and this is a #bookgapchallenge update.

I bet you’re thinking “that was quick.” I actually expected to drag my own feet getting started on my #bookgapchallenge reading, but I started this one on my way back to the desert from Indy, and I’m trying to minimize the number of books I’m reading at the same time, so I figured I’d finish this one before moving on to any others. Plus, I’m doing #bookaday, since school doesn’t start again until Monday and I won’t play video games all day.

I’m not sure if I’d call The Boyfriend List romance, but it definitely falls into one of my gaps — call it the reading about “girls with a lot of drama” gap. See, Ruby Oliver had a boyfriend. He broke up with her and started going out with one of her best friends.  Then she and the boy went to a dance together, while he was dating the best friend, and Ruby kissed the boy. This is the beginning of the drama that results in Ruby feeling like a leper, and induces panic attacks that land her in therapy. And it just gets more complicated from there.

As a reader, I struggled a little in keeping track of the timeline. Each chapter is titled with the name of one of the boys on the boyfriend list, and through anecdotes about both that boy, and other people, we see how that particular boy fits into the story. I think Lockhart did a good job tying it all together, it just took me a few chapters to figure out what was going on.

I think the reason that I’m not drawn to the books about girls and drama is because that’s not the experience I remember having growing up. But there are plenty of girls who come through my class who are looking for books about the drama of being a teenage girl and I’m glad to have another to recommend to them.

That’s all I really had to say about this one. Thoughts? Comments? Feature shelf requests? What books are you reading that fit into a reading gap? Leave ’em here or on any of the other places you can find me on the internet. I am the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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