The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver Quartet)

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From E. Lockhart, author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes The Boy Book, the second book in the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver novels.

Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep:

 • Kim: Not speaking. But 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, or anything.
 • Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.
 • Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.
 • Dr. Z: Speaking.
 • And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.

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About E. Lockhart

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E. Lockhart is the author of four books about Ruby Oliver: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a National Book Award finalist and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and received a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Visit her at or check out her blog at
Published April 22, 2008 by Delacorte Press. 226 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction

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Shunned by her friends and ignored by her ex, Ruby Oliver experiences a rough junior year as she deals with fallout from her previous adventure in The Boyfriend List (2005), when she kissed her best friend’s boyfriend—a definite infraction of The Boy Book’s rules.

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Through sessions with Dr. Z and spending time with "The Boy Book" (a "Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them"—this also serves as the novel's subtitle), which she wrote with Kim, Nora and another friend, Ruby begins to process what happened.

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Summary: A poor kid at a posh school, Ruby is a spirited, witty, highly intelligent girl who tackles boy troubles and friend troubles head on in an attempt to survive her penultimate high school year.

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So when the drama gods decide to pay her another visit and show her something she never should have seen, Ruby is faced with the kind of decision that's bound to teach her the truth about friends, enemies, crushes, jobs, parents, Tate and the secrets in THE BOY BOOK.

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Thoughts of why we want something, obsessing over a boy, ending every possible daydream with said boy expressing their love in crazy romantic ways, stressing over how we look, going through the worst possible outcomes of every even moderately uncomfortable situation, trying to figure out whether ...

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