Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren't complicated, I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver
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Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren't complicated, I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver #4)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,673 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!


Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Not only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is ea...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press
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Tatiana
Jan 24, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Ruby Oliver fans
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This is another series conclusion that doesn't disappoint.

Granted, the book started rather rocky for me. You see, Ruby now (finally) has a boyfriend after getting no proper action due to her uber-slut reputation. But the moment she gets him, our girl is back to her Jackson-time antics, meaning her guy is the most important part of her life, the epicenter of her existence. When things get difficult with him, she is back to her insecure self - being fake about her feelin...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Caution: Do not even bother picking up this book if you have not read the first three books in the series -- and I highly recommend them to you. The books in order are as follows: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver, The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them, and The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver. If you ever get the chance, read them. You will be doing yoursel...more
Mands
Roo is back for the final instalment of the Ruby Oliver series. She and Noel are dating - yay, and everything seems to be going well apart from the fact that Nora is no longer speaking to her, then her Grandma dies and her dad is depressed and her mum is going through another food phase. And then Noel leaves for New York and nothing is the same after that.

Real Live Boyfriends in the fourth book in the Ruby Oliver series by E.Lockhart. I was excited and hesitant when it came to reading this book,...more
Meg
Oh, Ruby Oliver. The Meghans of the (real and fictional) world just want you to be happy. I don't really know what else to tell you. I'm sad and I'm glad, and you are funny and kind, and your parents are crazy, and you are not, and the best thing about you is that every time I'm done with one of your books I know where you are at that exact point but I don't feel as though E. Lockhart has pinned you down in a place for the sake of a happy ending. Like, you could go anywhere from here. I don't kn...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
I think I'm upgrading this whole series to a 5.

I laughed. I cried (no really! Megan and the cake! and AHHH!!!! That's cryptic on purpose). I felt like Ruby was talking directly to me. These books are just a complete joy to read. Reading a book should feel like THIS. That magical wonderful can't-put-down, stay-up-past-bedtime, frenzy of words.


(I might try to write a real review. But you shouldn't wait. Just read this series already)
Keertana
I'm going to be perfectly honest and just say it: I'm feeling very Reginald. I don't want to say good-bye to Ruby but at the same time, I almost don't want to see a fifth Ruby Oliver book. I'd like to think that Ruby has learned as much as she can possibly learn, has experienced all types of crazy scenarios and that in the future, although she is bound to still find herself in a mountain of debacles, she'll be able to persevere onward, facing them head-on, and tackle them with her vast knowledge...more
Isamlq
Four days, four Ruby books.
Not much sleep, loads of laughs... and now I have a new favorite female lead who is far from perfect but definitely unforgetable. YA contemps/ chick lit need not be angst-filled, drama-ridden to be good. And while Ruby's stories are angst-filled and drama-ridden, hers are hilarious and painful and truthful and accurate.

Reading Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver is like the before and after of a roll...more
Rashika (is busy trying to graduate)
*This mini review has also been posted on Tangled in Pages

I have never felt so relieved to finish a series. I LOVED the series but I don't think I could have take another book of Ruby's neuroticness.

Finishing this series makes me feel all grown up. With the end of Ruby's journey and the end of my own approaching, I cannot help but get a little nostalgic.

Ruby was an incredible character and one I will miss but one I am glad got a happy ending. She is a character that most teenage girls can rela...more
Nicole
Ruby finally won me over, guys. I don’t know if it was the fact Roo finally got a grip and smartened up a bit, or if it was because I was sick and vulnerable, or a combination thereof—but Real Live Boyfriends did it for me.

In this, the final installment of the Ruby Oliver series, Roo thinks she has it all figured out. She is dating Noel, and he is behaving like a Real Live Boyfriend. He doesn’t magically fix everything that’s wrong in Ruby’s life, but they are together and they are happy—and Rub...more
Lizzie
Oh come on now!!

Wow. So glad I finally bought this book. I think I waited so long because I borrowed all the other ones from Meg, and I guess I forgot that I could... own them. For my own. And then it would just appear, bidden into my life. Like that.

Anyway, to me this was a really pleasing way to pull together the tiny little Ruby series with a hundred things to say. A lot of the arc here is Ruby learning to get rid of a lot of her bad habits that help her not help herself cope, and personally...more
Rose
Initial thoughts: I think the only part I'm sad about in finishing this novel is that I have to say goodbye to Ruby Oliver. Following her through this series was such a joy and I can consider E. Lockhart a new favorite author. This was one of the best series of its kind I had the pleasure of reading, and I honestly wish there were more books like this series in the YA spectrum today.

Full review:

The last Ruby Oliver book? Say it isn't so. :(

If anyone wants to know the song that came to mind while...more
Erinn Batykefer
To me, E. Lockhart’s books are the best of Teen Chick Lit– they are realistic without taking themselves too seriously, they are funny without sacrificing wit and without blithely avoiding the difficult problems that come with learning who you are, who you love, and what’s important to you, as some chick lit does. Over the course of these four novels, Ruby suffers a major falling out with friends, goes to therapy because she starts having panic attacks, gets a job at the zoo, sees lots of films,...more
meg
i was excited to get an advance reader's copy of this book so early (it's not out till the end of the year), even with the new cover treatment. this fourth, and likely final, installmet of ruby oliver's boy chronicles does not disappoint. sigh. oh how i'll miss you, ruby oliver.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
*Just FYI: This review contains zero spoilers for any of the books in the series*

Remember that time I read a complete series in a week? Yeah, that totally just happened right now! I started The Boyfriend List, the first Ruby Oliver book on December 9th and finished this one today, the 15th. Reading a complete series in a week can take some dedication, as well as some wiggle room in the review schedule. I would not have been able to complete this feat had the Ruby Oliver books not been so consis...more
Galla
I never would have picked up this series if not for some glowing reviews from trusted Goodreads friends; the titles don't appeal to me at all, and the summaries for each book tend to play up their quirky side in a way that could easily lead a potential reader to believe these books are shallow.

They really aren't. While they are fun, and they are funny, E. Lockhart's real strength in this series is her ability to write characters--a main character in particular--in an emotionally authentic way....more
Ana
The review won't be just about this book, it will be about the entire series.

I still like Ruby, with all her obsessing about boys. I like how she started to understand who her friends really are. She really matured during the course of the series. Of course there were some moments when she annoyed me, but overall she was OK.

I'm primarily a romance reader and there were times when it bugged me that she couldn't settle on a guy and kept changing her opinions. But the confusion she felt was real s...more
Hallie
Can't wait! (But hope they fix the cover a bit...)

I was wavering a bit over my reaction to this one - it was a very enjoyable read, and I liked it a lot on the whole, but there were some things I was less happy about. Roo is as mixed up as ever, and it's as ever, largely in response to the people around her, who are pretty damn confusing. Noel goes from being her real live boyfriend to someone who doesn't call her, doesn't email her, doesn't want to talk to her. Hutch goes away to Paris. Kim and...more
Shannon
Reasons I enjoyed the Ruby Oliver Series
1. Like Ruby I am a list maker
2. While I am not a teenage girl, I have been a teenage girl & I thus could relate
3. I do however have a teenage daughter who has much in common with Ruby so often it was often like getting glimpses into her mind
4. I loved Ruby's parents- their relationship with each other & with Ruby was the highlight for me
5. These books made me laugh out loud
Fact: I am sad that they are over.
Margaret H.
I can hardly even review this right now-- beyond saying that I loved it, and Ruby, so much that I cried when I finished, I'm a little incoherent.

If you like smart, funny books about smart, funny neurotic girls, or simply narrators so authentic they feel like friends, do yourself a favor and read these books. If you don't fall for them head over heels, then you're a stronger person than me.
Natalie
The titles of these books are all about boys, but they're really all about friendship. I don't know what I was expecting when I started this series, but what I got out of it was this:


“Meghan pushed her chocolate cheesecake across the table to me. I hadn’t gotten paid yet for November, so I had only ordered coffee. “Here,” she said.

“Don’t you want it?”

“Sure I want it. I ordered it. But I’m giving it to you.”

“Why?”

Meghan stood up and got me a fork. “Remember what Nora said about love? In your movi
...more
Hannah
I just...I can't even...

Noel. Noel Noel Noel and that is all I can say.
Posie
I was extremely surprised that I loved the Ruby Oliver series so much, mainly because it's plot is kind of shallow. Now hold on, don't go judging me, I adore E. Lockhart and I adore this series. Let me explain.

When you think of a book that's largely about a girl lusting/loving/hating/being confused about boys, I do not think of something that is worth my time. But Ruby Oliver has substance. She wears vintage clothes, is sarcastic and uses strange words (spankin'!), and maybe she isn't the pretti...more
Sara
I'm going to do this Ruby Oliver style. In a list.

1. I don't like Noel. But I learned to deal and accepted the fact that he was going to be in this a lot.
2. Ruby's life continues to astound me. Her parents are crazy.
3. As always, it was the little things I liked the best. Like gay penguin stories and video interviews.
4. But-but...Gideon? Slobbery kisses? Tanned arms? Surfer-boy Gideon? I love him.
5. Hutch is sweet. And absent. I missed him.
6. Noel is still not a very good character.
7. Whoa, did...more
Katie M.
This is book was exactly what I needed. It's not my usual genre, and despite (mostly) enjoying it, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was a good book.
The main character was a little on the annoying side, though this seems to be completely unavoidable with female characters. She was over dramatic, but tollerable. Sometimes she was even funny, and I tried to keep in mind that she's a teenage girl in therapy whenever annoyance set it.
But that was nothing compared to her mother, who rather t...more
Sulema
When i picked up this book , i seen the back cover of it and it said that there is no such thing as a happy ending , and the character said she thought she found one , and she had a boyfriend and people hated her and him together , and even if she had problems (life problems ) her boyfriend couldnt solve or help her . she said life isnt a movie , but she felt like she was having a happy ending .

what i think about the book , i thought it was very
interesting ,because it looked like a book that ha...more
Michelle
I'm a little sad to see this all come to an end, really. I like Ruby. Lots and lots. She's so funny and quirky and self-absorbed, but not in a malicious way. More in a trying to figure her life out sort of way. Besides, she's seventeen. And that, my friends, is just the way seventeen is, isn't it? I am right. I have been seventeen.

What I really liked about Ruby this go round is that she isn't "stealing" boyfriends...which I don't think she was doing before...but at least now she can settle on ju...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Ruby Oliver has been in therapy. She has gone through Reginald several times. Her ex-boyfriend has cheated on her and turned into a pod-robot. Her best friends weren't such good friends. She has conquered bake sales, November Week and befriended a pygmy goat named Robespierre.

Some of it was hard, some of it was fun. All of it led Ruby to a new group of strange but dependable friends and, maybe more surprisingly, to a new boyfriend.

Noel is the perfect boyfriend. He's Ruby's real, live boyfriend a...more
Lix Hewett
This book felt a little superfluous in terms of romance, which is odd because technically it wraps up various things that started earlier in the series. Ruby comes out of it stronger, smarter, more self-assured with regards to boys and much less dependent on her relationship with Noel. We're talking about someone who compares her boyfriend to a flashlight in the darkness of her life in the third book, and her therapist says, paraphrasing, "That's an interesting metaphor. What happens if the flas...more
Jami
Loved it, love E. Lockhart, love the whole Ruby Oliver series. Seriously, they are fantastic. And I'm heartbroken to see them come to an end. Ag!

I do not, however, love the new jacket covers for all four books. What happened to the cute frogs and marshmallow snowmen? And if that's supposed to be Ruby, where are her glasses??

Ahem. I apologize for the tangent. Clearly, it's not an important feature of the book, so do not let it derail you from reading it right away. (Although, I do recommend you s...more
Alanna
About halfway through this book, I glanced at the back cover and realized it was the 4th in a series. So I totally blew it by reading it all out of order. So that probably had a negative impact on my impressions of it. But I still enjoyed it. I think Lockhart is really good at portraying how the idea of having a boyfriend is usually so much more fun and easy than the reality of an actual (real live) boyfriend. I think so many girls are shocked when they learn that fact. And I love how the main c...more
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