Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The Boy Book, by E. Lockhart
I just got this yesterday and had to finish it up quick so that Kriss could read it too...
In this sequel to The Boyfriend List, life picks up the next year as Ruby continues to battle with her panic attacks and her concerns about boys. She's still trying to figure out the whole thing, her writing is still heavily footnoted, and she still has that wonderful dry humor. There's a lot of coming to terms with the events of the first book, but this is generally in the same territory we were before.
It sounds like it should be pretty boring and dull, but it actually works. Unlike Rachel Cohn's sequel to Gingerbread (Shrimp), Lockhart has managed to keep things fresh even while trawling through familiar waters. This is partly because Ruby is a so much more flawed individual (and thus more approachable and likeable), but also because the novel launches off from familiar territory without repeating it. As Ruby reveals, Lockhart knows her movies and she knows how to make a sequal shine.
As always, Lockhart scores again and, as Ruby would put it, I can't crank about this book enough...
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Speaking as The Kriss alluded to, I'm glad you finished it quickly. This is a really good book and a rare case when a sequel is NOT just an excuse for a new book - it truly stood on its own merits. By the way, I wish I could go to that Philosophy Camp!
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