Lockhart writes truthfully on the way a girl thinks about boys. Ruby reveals pieces of her life one bit at a time. Her therapist asks her to create a boyfriend list: a list of every guy she has liked, dated, thought about dating, kissed, or had a special relationship with. Ruby isn't sure how this is going to help her solve her immediate problem: getting her boyfriend back and getting life back to normal. But as she examines each boy on the list, Ruby may discover she's not the victim she thinks she is.
Lockhart is spot on. Ruby is like a poster child for the things women do to screw up their lives. We fall for a guy, and when he doesn't end up being prince charming, what do we do? We beg, plead, cajole, manipulate, and lower ourselves--do anything but the thing we should do: pack our bags and move on. I wanted to be hard on her, but she is so dang sympathetic it's impossible.
I think this book has it all: teenage angst, unhealed wounds, a journey of self-discovery, a lot of pain, and also hope for the future. Also, I think most girls would admit they could relate to at least one of the stories in this book.
Here are things I have done that Ruby did:
- Wait by the phone for a guy to call
- Allow myself to be a victim of heartbreak
- Flirt with one of my friend's boyfriends
- Not be honest with myself about my motives
- Kiss a guy to make myself feel better
- Feel tremendous pain at betrayal
- Not take action to change my future
E. Lockhart has a great future as a writer, and I recommend this book highly to any teenage girl from age 14 and up.
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