I have officially read and received the Advance Reader's Copy of "The Treasure Map of Boys," the third book in the Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart. In a word, it was amazing. In more than one word it was funny and witty with realistic characters that are actually smart and they can think for themselves, rather than sit around and mope about how sucky their lives are. The people you meet in this book are people whom you could meet in your own high school. Emily Lockhart just gets the teenage mind and the reasoning for why we make the decisions that we do. This book takes the humor and easy language of books like Sarah Mlynowski's "Bras and Broomsticks"as well as Maureen Johnson's "Suite Scarlett" and combines it with the fun and drama of books like "The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot. This book in particular had reminiscence of some of Sarah Dessen's books in the plot line, although the writing could not be more different than that of Sarah's.
It has been incredibly fun for me to read the ARC of this book because it still has a bunch of typos. If you ever get the chance to get an ARC copy of any book, do it! It's a blast!
Here is a synopsis from the back of the book:
"Ruby is back at Tate Prep and it's her thirty- seventh week in the of noyboyfriend. 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
- running a bake sale,
- learning the secrets of heavy metal therapy,
- encountering some seriously smelly feet,
- defending the rights of pygmy goat,
- and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
With the characters we loved (and hated) from both The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book comes a fun story that deals with boys and keeping our sanity through the drama and stress of high school. Even if you haven't read any of the other Ruby Oliver books, you can still understand this book fully. The Treasure Map of Boys is a book that is perfect for the beach or a beautiful summer day.
It will be released on July 28th, 2009 as a 256 paged hardcover book. Thank you so much to Random House Publishing and Emily Lockhart for sending me this advance reader's copy.
More to come,