Ruby Oliver is a character from the (obviously fantastic) mind of E. (stands for Emily) Lockhart. Roo, as her friends call her, is the protagonist of four books.
The first book, The Boyfriend List: 15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs and me, Ruby Oliver, Ruby finds her life in a shambles. The second one, The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them, finds Ruby involved in further shenanigans. Then the third one, Roo’s really coming into her own with The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon- and me, Ruby Oliver. And in the final book of the quartet, Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren’t complicated I wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver, Roo is involved in wacky hijinks and also tough times at home.
I wouldn’t call these books individually my all-time favorites, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each book is a delightful look into Ruby’s world, although I don't think Ruby would describe her world as delightful. Ruby’s a girl that has trouble having girl friends (as in girls who want to be friends with her) and she lives on a house boat and boys seem to like her. She tries hard, but things rarely work out and if they do work out, the timing is terrible.
I'd like to meet Ruby and have a long talk with her. I think she's funny and friendly and quirky. I know she already went to therapy, but I think she still has a lot of issues to work out. She's misguided and confused. In the end, her thought process would probably drive me stark raving mad. But I doubt I'd be bored.
If you’re looking for a new book bff, I recommend Ruby. I don’t think she’ll disappoint you. And I think she could probably use a friend.
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