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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver Quartet Series #4)

Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver Quartet Series #4) - Hooray, Ruby and Noel are finally together! Sadly even though they are together, they are not without their problems. I was really hoping that after the last 3 books that Ruby would chill out and just relax because now she finally has a good boyfriend. He’s nuts about her and he knows about all of her craziness. She’s still a bit neurotic about whether he really likes her.Lockhart does a really good job of capturing all the anxiety of romantic interactions in your teen years. I could totally sympathize with Ruby about the agonizing of whether to sit with her boyfriend at lunch, the awkwardness that ensues when you’re not sure what to talk about, fretting over phone calls, and all that other weirdness that goes on with young love. It also makes me very glad that I never have to live through high school love again.This whole series is a great examination of high school relationships. Even though they are funny and a bit out there, there is a good deal we can learn about what and what not to do. You don’t have to put up with crappy friends just because they’re your ‘friends’. Sometimes it’s in your best interest to move on. It’s good to have casual acquaintances. You not need to friends with everyone. Be honest with your friends. Omitting your feelings doesn’t really help anyone especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Popularity is an illusion. If you have friends that actually like you that is enough. I could definately see this being helpful for younger readers but also a good reminder for older readers as well.The bottom line? I liked the book and really liked the series. I don’t remember the last time I read a series in about a month.