Real Live Boyfriends by e. lockhart

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Real Live Boyfriends
by e. lockhart
December 28, 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads summary: 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.

Review: Angsty teen  melodramas can easily bore me to death and completely frustrate me with a lot of whining and apathetic behavior...luckily this isn't what we have here in this awesome title by teen fav author e. lockhart. 

This is the fourth title in the series that follows Ruby "Roo" Oliver in her journey of self-discovery along the always bumpy, never boring teenage years. Roo seems to have had it harder than most...and she has a shrink to prove it. Between the panic attacks and the boys who say one thing and do another, well its enough to drive a girl crazy. Lucky for her she still has a few good friends and maybe one real, live boyfriend...maybe.

I love character driven stories that have unique quirky characters that can make you laugh one minute and cry the next...Bingo! Roo's parents are frustratingly self-absorbed but loving at the same time. Her mother cracks me up as she bounces from focus to an all raw food diet, tomorrow she's crazy about meatloaf and all things meaty. Why not? Let's just say her parents have a unique relationship that seems to work. Or does it? It seems one day Roo wakes up and her mom has taken a solo vacation to find herself and her dad can't get off the kitchen floor.

When problems arise with Noel, the boy that Roo thinks is her finally real, live boyfriend, she is worried things are falling apart. Why can't Noel just tell her whats wrong? In the meantime Roo reunites with an old friend and are those sparks she sees with another guy?

Loved it! So will anyone who loves your better-than-average chick-lit. Easy to relate to, unique and witty, you'll wish Roo was a real, live friend!