December 27, 2010

Real Live Boyfriends - E. Lockhart

Young Adult
Pages: 240
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren't complicated, I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet)Release Date: December 28, 2010

**Ruby Oliver #4

Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyper-verbal 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.

I recently read the first 3 books of this series and fell head over heels for the story and Ruby. I loved Ruby and her debacles and her over-analyzing personality and her friendless state of Nonboyfriend. She's seriously hilarious and witty and amazing. I've loved all her books and I knew this was going to be no exception. Except, it was. It's my favorite of all the books. It was too awesome! So much in fact, that it made My 2010 Top 10 books! Everything I loved from the first three plus... Oh, right no spoilers. Is this the last book? I hope not. But I think it is.

One of my favorite part of the series is Ruby's parents. E. Lockhart does such a great job with the crazy family situation and her relationship with her parents. It makes me wish I had her parents, craziness included.

This is a kick-ass series with a fresh unique voice that just enhances my love for YA. So original, real and fun. If you haven't read it yet, fix that. Believe me, you want to.


  1. Ooh! I can't wait to read this one... Ruby is so neurotic and hilarious.

  2. Just put this on reserve at my library! Awesome :)

  3. I finished this book yesterday and am in total agreement with you; it was definitly the best in the series! I was so good! And I'm pretty sure that it is the last book in the series, even though I really don't want it to end (I want more Noel and Ruby)!

    Thanks for the review :)


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