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The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver Quartet) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings
ISBN:0385732090
LANGUAGE:English

"I picked up The Boy Book right after finishing the first book in the Ruby Oliver series, The Boyfriend List, expecting it to be just as funny, just as poignant, and just as amazing. I got all three!

This book starts pretty much where The Boyfriend List left off. The summer is now over, Ruby is starting her junior year. She's still seeing her shrink, Doctor Z, she's still a social pariah - unless you count carpooling with Meghan friendship, and she's still broken hearted over Jackson - who is still going out with Kim.

But there are further complications; stirrings of interest in two other guys on her Boyfriend List. Noel, the guy from school she has a laugh with in Paint Elective, who suppoted her during the whole "Spring Fling debacle", as she calls it, and Angelo, the son of her mum's best friend, who turned up to her Spring Fling after party with a corsage who she kind of had a moment with. I have to say, I really enjoyed watching Ruby with these guys and questioning her feelings - or if there were any feelings - because she is still hung up on Jackson. When something happens between her and Angelo, is it just a thing, or is it a thing thing? Is she having moments with Noel, or are they just friends? Does she want to have moments with Noel or a thing thing with Angelo, anyway? And why on earth is Jackson sending her notes when he's seeing Kim? It's all so complicated and brilliant reading! I was rooting for Noel the whole way through, he's so quirky and cool and over all the teenagery crap. I liked him!But what happens in the end? You'll just have to read to see!

The only trouble is, as social pariah, Ruby has very few people, bar her therapist, to share and have girly chats with. Just Meghan. Meghan wouldn't normally be her first choice, because she found her unintentional flirty behaviour, PDAs with her boyfriend last year, and general gorgeousness highly annoying, but she has no-one else. What's great to see is te friendship that grows between the two girls as they get closer, and Ruby realises Meghan isn't the shallow, social airhead she thought she was. With her being a pariah, and with the therapy she's getting, Ruby is starting to look at people in a different light, and those she didn't think to highly of before, she's re-evaluating. Even those she thought hightly of - her ex-friends - are being re-evaluated.

It's also great to see therapy help Ruby take action to solve her problems, rather than wallowing. IT helps her rebuild her friendship with Nora, and over time, helps her take a look at herself and help herself. It's just great to see her a much stronger, focussed young woman.

This may sound like I've told you the whole story, but I haven't. Despite being only 193 pages long, quite a bit happens, with a fair few humourous incidents. a really fantastic book, and I can't wait to read The Treasure Map of Boys, the third in the series. Highly recommended!

From Once Upon a Bookcase - YA book blog
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" 3.5 to 4 stars!this is amazing! I loved the character developments and i loved how the story still has a story. A fast and easy read, made me smile and annoyed. I want to know what would happen between Nora, Roo and Noel. Damn and i've decided that i really like Noel and meghan! " said.

"Well, I guess I might be getting too old for this series now. I can't relate to the characters because I'm 12 years older than all of them. They all seem so dramatic, which is how we usually are when we are 16 or 17. At that age, we think everything is the end of the world and the boys we date and the friends we have are all that matter and they'll be around forever and it will have some huge impact on the rest of our lives. Which we grow up to learn is mostly not true.

I like that this series stays realistic though. It wasn't as entertaining as the previous book in this series, but it was still a quick, fun read. But it ended so abruptly, I thought my ebook was messed up and had been cut off. But that's just how it ended I guess.
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"This is me. Judging Past Ellis so hardcore that it might as well just be called shunning. This second instalment in The Life and Times of Ruby Oliver, Flawless Teen Queen of the Perpetually Romantically Confused was nothing short of genius. It picks up a few months after Ruby started to tentatively put her life back together after the mess that preceded The Boyfriend List. She's figuring out how she's going to survive her junior year, which actually becomes about 80% easier when former best friend and boyfriend snatcher Kim moves to Japan for e few months because exchange programme stuff. Still, she's basically friendless and more or less vows to stay away from boys because they are trouble. Guess how well that works out.

Read the rest on The Random Transliterator.
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"Another great installment of the fantastic Ruby Oliver series. I tend to be weary of sequels to books I love because often times they don't live up to the high expectations set by the first book. Fortunately, E. Lockhart didn't let me down. In this installment, Ruby navigates relationship with friends, ex-friends, and boys. The relationships with each of them grow and regress in believable ways. This book definitely had less suspense than the first, where the mystery of how Ruby ended up with panic attacks, no friends, and no boyfriend was slowly unfolded over the course of the novel. I also felt that Ruby's character didn't develop as much as it did in the other three books, although she definitely does continue to grow. While this was probably my least favorite of the quartet, it was still a five star read." said.

"Review originally posted here.

This book was the beginning of my love story for this series, while I did liked the first book I wasn't completely head over heels for it, but on this one Ruby won me over. In this book she is starting over, with her old friends and Jackson still totally ignoring her she has to start a new group of friend and a new life - I totally loved Noel, Meghan and Nora (Nora hangs out with them in this book right?), each of them bringed something to their little group and here was when my love for Noel started to happen too.

The trip at the end (?) of this one was great too, I loved the talk Kim and Ruby had and it shows how much Ruby grew so far. If I had to change one thing on this one: I would kill Jackson on the most slow and painful way. Oh also, at the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from The Boy Book - a book Ruby and Kim (and occasionally Cricket and Nora) would write about the things they learned about boys.
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"I enjoyed this story even more than the first. I donlt know if this is because this one is sligtly less soul shatteringly empethetically depressing or because our heroien, Ruby, isn't so irriating when it comes to descion making. She also doesn't whine as much; althougt there is some whining involved but give her a break it's teen angst. Mostly I think I liked reading this book more because it follows more of a strict pattern and time line. With Roo #1 she seemed to jump around from past to "present" to future wthin her narrative. In the Boy Book she follows more of a strict retative pattern with her story. It starts with an entry from the real boy book that has relavance to the chapter then goes on telling her story n order with a few back stories and te occasional nutshelling of key events from the last book. And to my great appreciation Ruby never got ahead of herself in her story like she used to.
over all I truly enjoyed reading this book. Found the style, writing, and plot of this book to altogether superior to the previous Ruby Oliver book. I look forward to reading the next few aswell.
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"Re-read...Ruby is back for another torturous year at Tate. Armed with tidbits from Doctor Z and the go to boy guide, The Boy Book, Ruby is attempting to wade through the remaining muck left behind from her disastrous sophomore year in which she lost not only her boyfriend, but all of her friends and was left branded with the blue spots of social lepersy.

The Boy Book is a perfect continuation of Ruby’s story and naturally, there are boy issues. First there's Noel, who she can't quite decide if she likes or likes likes. Then there's Angelo, a family friend and newly acquired scamming mate (make out buddy) and of course, there’s the nefarious Jackson, her former boyfriend, who's mysteriously sending her notes again while her former best-friend Kim, and his current girl friend, is away in Tokyo.

This book was all I hoped it would be. Filled with Hooter Rescue Squads, penguins, llamas, philosophical retreats and neurotic developments, Ruby had me laughing out loud, shaking my head, and shouting in solidarity. This was an excellent follow up to The Boyfriend List and I can’t wait to see what mess Ruby finds herself in next.
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