Rating: 4.5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Cute.)
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Sequel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book
Ruby Oliver is down to only a few friends, but at least she isn't as much of a leper as last year. This year Ruby figures she can exist in a happy place of noboyfriend and then she won't have anymore problems. It is too good to be true. She gets in trouble at her job, Noel starts writing her flirty notes, Jackson gives her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook for the bake sale she is in charge of and rumors are starting to swirl, some of them unjust. Regardless, Ruby is trying to make the best of her situation even if her panic attacks keep happening and she is at risk for losing another friend. It's just another day in the complicated life of Ruby Oliver.
What a fun read once again. I appreciated the in-depth look that Ruby had to take at the guys in her life. She really sat down and thought deeply about why each one is still on her mind. She had to weigh the merits of each one and determine what kind of person they were and if they were worthy of her. Ruby found out that some of them weren't even interested in her at all, problem solved! If you've enjoyed Ruby's antics up to this point I'm sure you'll love this book and will love Real Live Boyfriends. I don't think you have to read these book in order, there is a bit of recap, but not so much that if you have read the others you feel like you are just rereading them again. Personally I'm team Noel, he seems cute, funny and smart. I know he's off limits because Nora likes him, but seriously if she really liked him that much she would have made some sort of move by now. Jackson just seems like a complete jackhole, or pod person as Ruby would call him. Anyways, I am very much looking forward to the final Ruby Oliver installment, to see where she ends up. I think Ruby made a lot of headway in this novel and is well on her way to being a completely functional human girl. :)
In laboratories dim
We bend to Fleischman's whim
And suffer twice a week
Horrors terrible to speak."
"I am sorry I wrote you that note about my hooters. Completely inappropriate.
Suspect I am possessed by strange demon.
Am researching quality exorcists."
"'I–I'm dying to hear about your hoooters.'"