Actual Title: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys,
11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs
and Me, Ruby Oliver
By: Books on Tape
Length: 5 hrs., 45 mins.
The Boyfriend List is one of those interesting novels that allows for a lot of movement through the narrator/protagonist’s past. In this particular story, the 15-year-old protagonist, Ruby, has developed started developing panic attacks after several consecutive mishaps occurred at school forcing her the loss of tight bonded friendships, lost loves, recollection of what was, has been, never should’ve, and just over all regretful actions, but after several appointments with a psychiatrist, Dr. Zee, Ruby has come out of herself and realized how passive she truly had been.
This story opens up the discourse on mental health. When Ruby starts having panic attacks after her whole world starts crashing down around her and she just can’t seem to stop it. Ruby’s mother forces her into therapy with a doctor who wears ponchos and Birkenstock. After the first appointment Dr. Zee has given Ruby the task of creating a list, The Boyfriend List, which in no exact order Ruby compiles names of real boyfriends, random flings, boys that should not have, boys that never have, and crushes. Each boy has a story, and that’s what Ruby and her doctor go through to discover why Ruby might be having those attacks. Dr. Zee helped Ruby realize of her very passive tendencies and helps her open up to expressing her discontent regularly, so things don’t get built up internally. There is no shame in getting help when you need it, is really the moral of the story.