Rated Reads

The Boy Book (A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them)

by E. Lockhart

Rated: High

This is the second book in the Ruby Oliver series, which started with The Boyfriend List. Here Ruby is 16 and starting her junior year. She’s still a “leper” in the Tate Universe (the small private school she attends on scholarship), but at least she has a few people who will talk to her after the debacle of sophomore year.

Each chapter’s title deals with what she and her (mostly former) friends have learned as they interact with and date the opposite sex.  Then the chapters go on to describe her junior year, taking on a new hobby (working at the zoo), figuring out who she is (briefly stopping appointments with her shrink and then starting up again) and working on being a better person and friend.

Rated: High. The book includes more than a dozen swear words, about a handful of those the f-word. Ruby is now 16 but allows and discusses some moderate sexual encounters, mainly in a sense of letting boys get to second base or beyond but not necessarily having sex.

— Reviewed by Nancy Minster

Nancy Minster is an avid reader, is married to an avid reader and is the mother to four little kids who seem to like books as well. One can only wonder where they get it from!

2 Responses to The Boy Book (A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them)

  1. […] book is the first in the Ruby Oliver series (the other books, in order, are The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys and Real Live Boyfriends). It is written in a journal-like narrative […]

  2. […] is the third book in the Ruby Oliver series, which started with The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book. Ruby is 16 and still sees herself as a social leper (or her new term for it, “roly […]

  • The Boy Book (A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them)
  • by E. Lockhart
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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