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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings

"It is pretty much crazy how much these novels read like a handbook for being a person. In context you might think that they are really just an explanation of how one first-world girl is living, with lots of hot tubs and cell phones, though she is not herself the owner of hot tubs or cell phones. And they are that, surely. Mostly because all of the people around Ruby, affecting her, are that context.

But yes. So good that one writer decided to just make it her job to unpack that life and see what files where. I am going to explain everything about what it's like to be a girl this way. Even what it's like to be a girl in one of the least tragic times and places to be a girl in -- someone who's very lucky, taking things very hard, and being a very good person.

I think you can tell that's what these books are about because she does not get the happy ends of comedies. Twice now. The books are light, but still she gets the ends where she has regrets and is back in therapy.

And indeed, it is hard not to kiss Noel your darn self, reading these. And not to tear the book in two when Kim shows up in this new haircut and is still so bad, so mean, am I right ladies.

It's nice there's more to come.
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"Ruby Oliver continues her journey to self-discovery in this second installment in E. Lockhart 's second installment in the Ruby Oliver series. Once more, we are given a harsh, but honest, view on the lives and dreams of teenagers nowadays.

One of the things I love about books is when they manage to draw me in, make me emotionally vested, get me to root for one hero and hate the next as if I were an actual participant. I honestly wish a painful, horrible experience on Jackson for what he does to Ruby, and I really, really get pissed at Cricket, although both of them can't hold a candle to Kim.

I honestly feel sorry for that girl. Jackson's obviously a horny jackass and Cricket... well, hasn't gotten that much limelight, so I can't understand her reasons, but Kim is just trying so hard to prove that she was right. I may not keep in touch with all of my kindergarten friends, but to start hating someone who has been by your side since pre-school, you have to be a sad, sad person. I get that she doesn't want to admit that she's wrong, but come on - is she really willing to throw away friendship for the sake of a guy? A guy who, I might add, doesn't seem to appreciate her.

That's not an unfamiliar angle. My main complaint with popular YA novels is that best friends are portrayed as slutty, shallow ad mean, yet the book expects us to believe that they are the paragons for friendship. I'm so glad to have read a series where nobody is delusioning themselves.
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"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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