Friday, March 4, 2011

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart (NY: Delacorte, 2010).

I loved all the previous Ruby Oliver novels, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one, too. There are some side splittingly hilarious scenes involving Ruby's hapless parents, especially her dad's howler of a Halloween costume that Ruby's mom expects him to wear on public transportation (since neither of their costumes will allow them to drive). Despite the title, Ruby does have some boy troubles--mainly a huge misunderstanding with her main squeeze Neil that takes the whole novel to get straightened out. Most interesting is Ruby's realization that she's no longer as crazy as she had been. Yup, Ruby is growing up, leaving some (but not all, thankfully) of that crazy teen drama behind her. Highly recommended for teens, ages 13 & up. Sexual situations, alcohol, language.

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