Don’t you just love when you find a series that you absolutely love? Well, I feel this way about the Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart, so I knew I needed to finish it as soon as possible. The Treasure Map of Boys is the third book in the series and I had to wait for it for months because my students were constantly checking it out! So, I finally grabbed it over our Thanksgiving vacation to Europe.
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more: Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
Ruby Oliver is one of my favorite characters in teen lit ever. She is all things annoying, hilarious, neurotic and just plain lovable. In this third book Ruby is working hard to be a good friend but also learning to be good to herself. She is learning that repressing her thoughts, and feels is not healthy in any way. I loved this fabulous scene where Ruby stands up to someone who thinks she is weak and wants to keep her that way. She totally lets him have it… Which was long overdue!!
Although we do see Ruby making major headway in her relationships we also see her make a ton of massive mistakes, which of course make Ruby…Ruby!
If you’re already a fan of Ruby Oliver, The Treasure Map of Boys doesn’t disappoint! Plus it’s such a quick read I read on the plane back from Paris!
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacourte Books for Young Readers (July 27, 2010)
Length: 244 pages
Series: Third book in the Ruby Oliver series