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The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  9,232 Ratings  ·  586 Reviews
Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep:

Kim: Not speaking. Far away in Tokyo.
Cricket: Not speaking.
Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby,
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 04, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
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"The Boy Book" is the second book about Ruby Oliver. While I thought the first book was great by itself and didn't actually require a sequel, I enjoyed this installment just as much as the first one. In this book Ruby continues learning about relationships with boys and her friends and figuring out how to balance both, although very often she remains her own worst enemy. Once again, plenty of lessons about love, friendships, female empowerment, written in a very clever
Apr 05, 2012 Nataliya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of smart and funny YA without insta-love
Recommended to Nataliya by: Catie
In a slight daze of fascinatingly-horrified recollection of what it was like to be a sixteen-year-old girl and in a sudden unexpected surge of previously dormant maternal instinct I just want to reach into this book and reassuringly pat Ruby Oliver on her shoulder. Nice job growing up, Roo. I'm actually really proud of you.

It's pretty rare for me to like the sequel more than its predecessor. But how can I not in this case? I am so proud of Ruby's honest attempts to straighten out that whole mess
Apr 02, 2012 Catie rated it really liked it
This series continues to impress me so, so much. While reading this one I just kept thinking that I’ve seen this girl so many times before: the quirky, talkative, somewhat eccentric girl(1)*. The girl who soldiers on even when everyone’s against her. This girl is a major fixture in young adult novels. Ruby Oliver has all of these attributes, yes, but they’re just a fraction of her whole self. She’s neurotic and jealous, thoughtful and earnest, petty and generous. She feels lust and remorse and p ...more
Emily May
May 26, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it

Another hilarious installment in the life of Ruby Oliver, this time documenting everything you could possibly need to know about boys. This includes: The Care and Ownership of Boobs, Levels of Boyfriends, Clever Comebacks to Catcalls and Why Girls are Better than Boys as well as a number of other need-to-know pieces of boy wisdom.

In case you weren't aware by now, girls are better than boys because we smell better, always carry tampons and are more likely to survive if we fall off an ocean liner.
Feb 16, 2011 Cory rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teen Girls Who Want Something Better Than Meg Cabot
Recommended to Cory by: Nearly All My Goodreads Friends
This wasn't bad. Sure, it's full of cliches, and Ruby doesn't get with the guy I wanted her to get with, but honestly, I didn't expect this to be amazing. It's teen chick-lit, and it delivers as teen chick-lit.

I haven't read the first book in the series, and I don't want to read the first book. But if I ever come across the sequels, I might read them if I'm bored.

Ruby reminds me of Junie B. Jones. Weird, but true. And Noel reminds me of the Colonel from Looking for Alaska. You think such a com
Initial reaction: This. Was. Awesome. I loved it, and I adore Ruby. I'm glad to see some of the resolutions to relationships in this book, as well as openings for potential new threads in the upcoming series. I decided not to factor the audiobook in my rating because I ended up ditching it and checking out an e-copy they had available at the library because I loved the story so much (I completely and utterly HATED the audiobook, and I don't say that lightly). More on this to come in my full revi ...more
E. Lockhart makes me want to go back to high school so that I can do it again and do it right this time. I am convinced that with the tools I learned in this book, that I will be a master. Oh and I really want to meet a boy like Angelo. Somehow I missed knowing anyone like him in high school ....

The Boy Book is the second book in a four book series that focuses on Ruby Oliver. Ruby is a student at a private high school in Seattle, she has two off beat parents who mean oh so well (but are pretty
Aug 09, 2011 Monique rated it really liked it

“I made the right decision. But that doesn't mean I don't have any regrets.”

For some reason, this line from the last chapter of The Boy Book left a sad, empty feeling inside. It made me want to wish that Ruby “Roo” Oliver were right in front of me so I could, right at that moment, just give her a biiiig hug. You know. Like girlfriends do. :P

Since The Boyfriend List , I have grown quite fond of Roo and her various teenage debacles, panic attacks, and constant angsting about, well, stuf
Apr 22, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
This series just continues to amaze me. Ruby Oliver is back at Tate for another year: a year where she is wiser from her continual appointments with Doctor Z, more independent (although she would tell you this is a result of her being a "leper" the previous year), and armed with The Boy Book. In The Boy Book, Ruby has to deal with the consequences of her sophomore year debacle. Yes, this means dealing with her no-good ex-boyfriend whose radar frequency she's still on. Yes, this also means dealin ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it
I'd promised to hold off on reading this for one of my meh-reading days, but I just couldn't help myself and picked it up and...

... I loved it...

I'm done pretending to possess any self-control whatsoever when it comes to this series because I am most definitely starting the third one now. Why, you ask? Ruby Oliver is a little more aware of goings on in Tate. She's a little tougher, not so naive but still funny as heck. I think the first one was sufficient on it's own, but if this sequel proves
Steph Su
Feb 08, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites-2
Ruby Oliver is back and more beloved than ever! At the start of junior year, Roo’s ex-best friend Kim is in Japan, and she’s still not speaking with her ex-boyfriend Jackson, whom Kim “stole” because she believed they were meant for each other. The only two people she’s sort of friends with are Noel, a guy who can be in any social group or none at all anytime he wants, and Nora, the only one out of her original group of four friends who will still speak with her. Roo continues her therapy sessio ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Tricia
Shelves: contemporary, gifts, 2012, ya
Original post at One More Page

Spoiler warning: Possible spoilers from the first book in this review.

In the second book of the Ruby Oliver series, The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them by E. Lockhart, we meet Roo again fresh from the throes of her (mis)adventures in the first book. This time, though, the rumors about her had settled down but it doesn't make her less of a social leper. On the up side, her ex-best friend, Kim, who stole her ex-boyfriend fr
The Boy Book by Emily Lockhart picks up where The Boyfriend List left off. Ruby has turned sixteen and she's acquired her driver's license. She's now in junior year at Tate Prep, the school she attends in Seattle, on scholarship. Roo has started writing in The Boy Book, a book she and former best friend, Kim, started a few years ago. Things at school are still strained but Ruby is trying to get on with her life as best she can.

Like the first book in the series, The Boy Book features funny footno
Oct 09, 2010 Tintin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women and girls, boys who want to know how girls' minds work
Where oh where was this book when I was fifteen!?!?!?

If I had this book it would've been so much easier to survive adolescence. Easier to cope as a social retard. I would have had a guide to help me navigate the confusing sea of boy-girl relationships. I wouldn't have had to grope my way through like a headless chicken, clueless and alone.

If you're suffering from depression due to problematic relationships, no need to pop pills or see a shrink. Reading this book is therapy in itself.

Ruby Oliver
♥ Sarah
Oct 16, 2014 ♥ Sarah rated it really liked it
My Very Own Soundtrack Part Deux:
Agnes Obel - Words Are Dead
Broods - Bridges
Florence + the Machine - Addicted to Love
Amsterdam - Daughter
The Neighborhood - Let It Go

I thought about making a new shelf for this series. Something witty and quirky and funny and meaningful - something uniquely Roo. Alas, my creativity is limited to meager words in this simple, single review.

The thing about this book is that I thought it completely unnecessary (since I loved the first book so much), until I read it.

Let me just say, I absolutely hate chic-lit. To me, it's too heavy on the romance, sometimes can be very petty, and does not interest me whatsoever. When The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks caught my interest and went on my TBR (however it is not anymore since I read it and gave it 4.5 stars) I saw the Ruby Oliver books next to it, and when I clicked on it just to see what it was about, I saw so many five star ratings from people I trust, I just had to read it.

I liked The Boyfriend
Dec 15, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, library, 5-stars, 2016
I am loving these books. Like the first, The Boy Book was funny, I liked the characters, and again I liked the writing style. (This time, instead of a list of boyfriends and time-jumping, the story has excerpts from a book about boys that Ruby wrote with her friends, and the story is told in a linear fashion.)

I also really liked Ruby's growth in this book. I like her friends, I like her evolving relationships. Truthfully, there's nothing about this book that I didn't already say about the first,
May 05, 2011 Ebehi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I must admit that I was already sold after The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver but this book literally has me gushing. The series is only getting better. And even though it seems like it's just a book about high school girls liking boys, it ha really useful and deep messages like:
1) Life can get really complicated and you have to do the best you can
2) Doing the right thing isn't always easy, especially when you're not even sure what the
Sep 01, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, ya, faves, 2011
Re-read...Ruby is back for another torturous year at Tate. Armed with tidbits from Doctor Z and the go to boy guide, The Boy Book, Ruby is attempting to wade through the remaining muck left behind from her disastrous sophomore year in which she lost not only her boyfriend, but all of her friends and was left branded with the blue spots of social lepersy.

The Boy Book is a perfect continuation of Ruby’s story and naturally, there are boy issues. First there's Noel, who she can't quite decide if sh
Mar 15, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic-fic
I enjoyed this story even more than the first. I donlt know if this is because this one is sligtly less soul shatteringly empethetically depressing or because our heroien, Ruby, isn't so irriating when it comes to descion making. She also doesn't whine as much; althougt there is some whining involved but give her a break it's teen angst. Mostly I think I liked reading this book more because it follows more of a strict pattern and time line. With Roo #1 she seemed to jump around from past to "pre ...more
Review originally posted here.

This book was the beginning of my love story for this series, while I did liked the first book I wasn't completely head over heels for it, but on this one Ruby won me over. In this book she is starting over, with her old friends and Jackson still totally ignoring her she has to start a new group of friend and a new life - I totally loved Noel, Meghan and Nora (Nora hangs out with them in this book right?), each of them bringed something to their little group and her
Sep 23, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Another great installment of the fantastic Ruby Oliver series. I tend to be weary of sequels to books I love because often times they don't live up to the high expectations set by the first book. Fortunately, E. Lockhart didn't let me down. In this installment, Ruby navigates relationship with friends, ex-friends, and boys. The relationships with each of them grow and regress in believable ways. This book definitely had less suspense than the first, where the mystery of how Ruby ended up with pa ...more
This is me. Judging Past Ellis so hardcore that it might as well just be called shunning. This second instalment in The Life and Times of Ruby Oliver, Flawless Teen Queen of the Perpetually Romantically Confused was nothing short of genius. It picks up a few months after Ruby started to tentatively put her life back together after the mess that preceded The Boyfriend List. She's figuring out how she's going to survive her junior year, which actually becomes about 80% easier when former best frie ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Alexandra rated it liked it
Well, I guess I might be getting too old for this series now. I can't relate to the characters because I'm 12 years older than all of them. They all seem so dramatic, which is how we usually are when we are 16 or 17. At that age, we think everything is the end of the world and the boys we date and the friends we have are all that matter and they'll be around forever and it will have some huge impact on the rest of our lives. Which we grow up to learn is mostly not true.

I like that this series st
Aug 22, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
3.5 to 4 stars!

this is amazing! I loved the character developments and i loved how the story still has a story. A fast and easy read, made me smile and annoyed. I want to know what would happen between Nora, Roo and Noel. Damn and i've decided that i really like Noel and meghan!
Oct 17, 2012 Doyin rated it it was amazing
Emily Lockhart’s purpose in writing her book, the boy book, is to send a message across to teenagers who find themselves in real life situations and have no clue how to deal with it. The boy book, helps teens (especially girls), to relate to the situations ruby had to deal with and learn from the tactics she used and skills she used to cope with her problems. Teenagers would be able to easily relate to Ruby Oliver’s life, because she experiences what most teenagers experience in their daily life ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I picked up The Boy Book right after finishing the first book in the Ruby Oliver series, The Boyfriend List, expecting it to be just as funny, just as poignant, and just as amazing. I got all three!

This book starts pretty much where The Boyfriend List left off. The summer is now over, Ruby is starting her junior year. She's still seeing her shrink, Doctor Z, she's still a social pariah - unless you count carpooling with Meghan friendship, and she's still broken hearted over Jackson - who is stil
Dec 28, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Full review at

Summary: Ruby Oliver just started her junior year, but she still doesn’t have much to speak of in the way of friends—and definitely no boyfriend. Not only that, but the one boy she wants to move into the BF column? Roo’s former girlfriend who’s slowly warming back up to a friendship with her happens to have a crush on that same boy.

Review: The rest of this series made for quick, fun reads. The two issues I had with The Boyfriend List—too man
Jan 10, 2011 Katya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who hates Vee
Recommended to Katya by: Tatiana
Ruby Oliver continues her journey to self-discovery in this second installment in E. Lockhart 's second installment in the Ruby Oliver series. Once more, we are given a harsh, but honest, view on the lives and dreams of teenagers nowadays.

One of the things I love about books is when they manage to draw me in, make me emotionally vested, get me to root for one hero and hate the next as if I were an actual participant. I honestly wish a painful, horrible experience on Jackson for what he does to R
It is pretty much crazy how much these novels read like a handbook for being a person. In context you might think that they are really just an explanation of how one first-world girl is living, with lots of hot tubs and cell phones, though she is not herself the owner of hot tubs or cell phones. And they are that, surely. Mostly because all of the people around Ruby, affecting her, are that context.

But yes. So good that one writer decided to just make it her job to unpack that life and see what
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E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

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