The Boyfriend List (E. Lockhart) BOOK REVIEW

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This book has been on my TBR for a while and I'm glad it's over with.

In a Nutshell:
Ruby is 15 and has a shrink, for some reason her therapist wants her to write a list of all the boys she's ever liked.

The Actual Review:

The Boyfriend List managed to arouse a kind of hate I have never experienced with a book before. No, this wasn't the anger inducing kind of book that Girl Online was, this was the first book that was grossly disappointing.

The reading experience was like those magic cups we had as kids, the ones that you'd fill with water, then tip out and there'd still be water in it. It just didn't end, it would get better then disappointment would arise again. 

I didn't find a single one of these characters to be realistic and I had a hard time connecting with Ruby (well I didn't actually connect at all if I am honest) and especially  when it came to the case of Tommy Hazard. What was that about? Ruby's therapist was entirely unhelpful: she did nothing to actually help or support Ruby and I'm pretty sure the Boyfriend List didn't work. The therapist did nothing but sit around in a poncho and ask monotonous questions to waste time. 10/10 do not recommend her. I can't even get over the fact that the parents are emotionally abusive and E. Lockhart brushed over that fact, to such an extent that Ruby has no emotions that have been inspired by such abuse. 

Also, I don't know a single teenage girl who is ok with someone squeezing her breasts. Especially if she isn't dating them.

As for the storyline? Gloriously boring. Like seriously, I didn't even care by the end. 

The writing? Mediocre at best.

The ending? I'm not sure, my senses were overflown with cheese. 


In Conclusion:
⚫️Gloriously boring
⚫️ Mediocre writing
⚫️ If you like abusive characters, this book is for you!!

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  1. I this actually was on mt TBR list, but it doesn't seem so great anymore.
    Loved seeing a new post from you pop up!!

    1. Perhaps it's a case of one man's meat :/ Thank-you!

  2. Seems like a strange book lol x

  3. OH dear , what a weird book! It's a pity you didn't enjoy it and it seems strange not to mention the abuse when you have a therapist I'm sure that would most likely be causing more emotional issues than the amount of boyfriends she had .

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    1. You've just pointed out what I couldn't put my finger on, thanks!

  4. Wow. That sounds horrible. I'm sorry this one was so bad. I hope your next read is waaaaay better. :)

  5. This book sounds awful. I won't be reading it :)


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