On a brighter note, I got upgraded to first class on the trip in and managed to read THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS from cover to cover on the flight. Brilliant deliciousness. I loved the first Ruby Oliver book, THE BOYFRIEND LIST and perhaps this is when I fell in love with E Lockhart and her inimitable style. Of course the NBA and the Printz Committee had the great good sense to concur and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU BANKS has been honored, too.
THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS (Delacorte, July 2009) is book three in the Ruby Oliver saga. It seems Ruby is almost back to square one, living in Noboyfriend land and having trouble with some of her gal pals as well. Her parents seems to remain clueless despite their good intentions (and I love that they name their new dog Polka Dot and get into all the t-shirts and totes and stuff on which one can display a love for a particular breed), and Ruby learns more about her therapist than she really needed to know (TMI, OK?). The tone is breezy and funny but that belies some of the hard truths Ruby faces. The English teacher in me adores the footnotes which only serve to underscore the wonderfully redemptive sense of humor Ruby possesses. Smart, funny, irreverent as needed: this was the perfect book to begin my ALA experience.