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The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon - and me, Ruby Oliver    by E. Lockhart order for
Treasure Map of Boys
by E. Lockhart
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Delacorte, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Ruby's reputation is ruined. After her ex-boyfriend dumps her for her best friend Kim, she makes a list of all the boys she's ever crushed on. The list is found by Kim's new friends. They misunderstand it and suddenly Ruby has the reputation of being a mega slut. Now she's down to two friends, visits a shrink to help with her panic attacks, and has given up boys completely. She's been in the state of Noboyfriend for thirty-seven weeks when the story begins.

Ruby's choice to remain in Noboyfriend is tested by Noel, her lab partner, who wants to go out with her. He's cute, but Nora (one of Ruby's only two friends left) is crushing on him, and Ruby can't afford to lose another friend. Jackson, her ex-boyfriend, has broken up with Kim and is giving her cute frogs. What's that all about? Ruby struggles to make the right decisions and be a good friend.

Filled with lists and footnotes, this fast paced, funny novel will tug at your heartstrings while it keeps you giggling. This is a companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boyfriend Book, but it works as a standalone. Lockhart skillfully incorporates the back story from her earlier books.

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