Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
Cricket: Not speaking.
Nora: Speaking - sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school - once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything.
Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.
Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.
Dr. Z: Speaking.
And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.
But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book, and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.
©2006 E. Lockhart; (P)2009 Listening Library
"Teens will relate to the situations that Ruby finds herself in and learn from her skills about how to cope with the 'minefield' of crises that today's teens face." (School Library Journal)
"Lockhart achieves the perfect balance of self-deprecating humor and self pity in Ruby, and thus imbues her with such realism that she seems to almost fly off the page." (VOYA)
The Boy Book itself is a lovely story full of twists and turns and hilariously angsty Ruby Oliver. E. Lockhart is my favorite author, and she has never let me down.
But the narrator is awful! She's old and expressionless and doesn't seem invested in reading this at all. I say read the book for sure, but skip listening to it. You'll just be disappointed.
If you enjoyed The Boy Book, you should also read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (written by E. Lockhart as well).
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