Monday, 1 August 2016

Book Review | The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

My rating: 7/10
Published: July 14th 2016 (first published in 2005)
Pages: 256
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Fifteen year old Ruby Oliver has lost her boyfriend, her best friends, her other good friends and has basically been ostracised by everyone at her school and deemed a slut. At the start of the book we know all of this, but we don't know the circumstances to turn everyone on Ruby.

The sequence of events that lead to Ruby becoming a 'lepar' (a term commonly used at the school she attends to describe an outcast) is told over the series of the book. Ruby has to start seeing a therapist as she has been having panic attacks as a result of these events. Her therapist suggests writing a list of all the boys in Ruby's life, hence the boyfriend list.

Ruby goes through the list describing her encounter with each of the boys, often skipping from her past to present day as she describes how each of them have affected her. 

E. Lockhart has proved once again what a great writer she is with this one and how different her writing style can be. As I mentioned this book skips from the past to present quite frequently and there are footnotes doted all over the place which really help give the feel that this is the stream of Ruby's consciousness as she writes down her series of events.

Although this book is not as shocking or as stand out as some other contemporary stuff that is around at the moment, it is still a great read, especially for the summer. When reading this I kept thinking of the film Mean Girls which is a brilliant film so if you are a fan of that sort of plot line then I think you would like The Boyfriend List.


  1. I've heard so much about We Were Liars by E Lockhart but have still never read it, and now I want to read this one too! I really do need to hurry up and read some E Lockhart books! :)

  2. Oh I need to read this. I read We Were Liars a few months ago and loved it!


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