The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch--and me, Ruby Oliver [NOOK Book]

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Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. 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.

Not only that, ...
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Overview

Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. 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.

Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.

In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Smart, funny, neurotic Ruby Oliver (from The Boy Book and The Boyfriend List) is back, still struggling with confusing boys, former friends who now shun her and, of course, panic attacks. When her shrink asks her to create a treasure map showing "positive relationships with [her] peer group," Ruby again focuses on the boys in her life-like Jackson, her first boyfriend, who cheated on her with her former best friend but now may want her back. In the process, she overlooks some of the true gems surrounding her. Fans will continue to root for the authentic if self-centered narrator as she relates both the hilarious and painful moments of her life (which sometimes coincide, such as when her mother comments on her breasts and her back pimples while they are in a Nordstrom changing room). Readers may get occasionally annoyed by Ruby's emotional upheavals, but they will appreciate her honest insights about the good and bad in everyone-including "hyperverbal and reasonably good looking" people like her who "get confused about what and whom they want"-and about the possibility of loving them anyway. Ages 12-up. (July)

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Is it really possible to capture the anxiety of adolescence in a novel? Ruby skids from crisis to crisis in this easy to digest book, eventually coming to a delicious ending. As she survives yet another week of "Noboyfriend," Ruby worries that her love life will never resurrect itself. To make matters worse, her friendships are in chaos. Ruby and her best friend, Nora, are in love with Noel, but handsome Jackson writes notes to Ruby and eventually asks her to the big dance. Ruby is in charge of the school bake sale, trying to survive therapy sessions with Dr. Z, and trying to escape the rumor mill at Tate Prep. This is a companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book. Ruby's coming-of-age story includes the age old problems of finding true friends and authentic love with a twenty-first century twist. Young adults will enjoy seeing Ruby survive the trials and tribulations of high school in this authentic story. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Ruby Oliver, whose story began with The Boyfriend List (Delacorte, 2005/VOYA April 2005) is back in this third book that documents her triumphs and failures at relationships. At first, it seems as if Ruby and Noel will become a couple; however, as school begins, Noel confesses to a brief summer fling with one of Ruby's ex-friends. Maybe Nora's older brother Gideon will be the one Ruby can take to the Spring Fling. But then Ruby's ex, Jackson, lets it be known that he, too, is available. It seems an abundance of riches, but it is not long before Ruby is again exiled to Noboyfriend Land. Lockhart infuses Ruby with a snarky sense of humor that allows this book to go beyond simple romance and school stories. Ruby struggles with some of the more typical adolescent issues: embarrassing parents, overenthusiastic teachers, demanding friends, and much more. Ruby's love of her internship at the zoo and her distaste for her stint as a Birkenstock shoe salesperson let readers into Ruby's thoughts and feelings with ease. Breezy and funny and, ultimately, philosophical, this novel demonstrates Lockhart's incredible skill at telling stories that matter to teens. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Readers who missed The Boyfriend List (2005) and The Boy Book (2006, both Delacorte) will have no trouble keeping up, but they might still feel compelled to go back and read them. Sixteen-year-old Ruby brings readers up to speed on her dramatic history, in which a love triangle, a misplaced boyfriend list, and a dented reputation have left her almost friendless (aka a "roly poly," to use her coined term for a social pariah) and in therapy. The book chronicles her continuing social dilemmas, including ambiguous signals from former boyfriend Jackson, growing conflict over would-be boyfriend Noel, a lost job, a new pet, and panic attacks. Sessions with therapist Dr. Z punctuate the narrative, providing an opportunity for Ruby—and readers—to reflect on herself and her peers and unpack her feelings and fears. And despite her obvious insecurities, Ruby is funny—very funny. She expresses herself in a manner both self-deprecating and precocious, with a quirky use of language and an appreciation for the absurd that is thoroughly endearing. A definite purchase if you have the first two in the series; if you don't, consider getting all three for reluctant readers and lovers of chick-lit.—Emma Burkhart, Springside School, Philadelphia, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, lovable, and painfully believable heroine of two previous volumes (The Boyfriend List, 2005, and The Boy Book, 2006), returns. The relative stability gained in The Boy Book is fleeting: Ruby's crushing on Noel but can't admit it as Nora likes him, and her now-single ex, Jackson, is leaving her notes. What's a girl to do? Run the best bake sale ever (while defying expectations and tradition), experience some panic attacks and slowly but surely come closer to figuring it all out, with some mistakes and lots of help from awesome friends. Replete with wordplay, footnotes and excerpts from The Girl Book (Ruby's latest endeavor) as well as lists ("Movies in which a makeover facilitates love") and lots of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a worthy follow-up for fans. Newcomers will be better served by starting with the equally fantastic earlier entries. Ruby is smart, confused and often foolish when it comes to love; few characters ring this true. As Ruby would say: complete and utter deliciousness. (Fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375892653
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Ruby Oliver Quartet
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 130,093
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of the highly acclaimed We Were Liars and the Ruby Oliver quartet (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends), as well as Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, and How to Be Bad (the last with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle). Her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.




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Chapter 1

Ruby,
In laboratories dim
We bend to Fleischman's whim
And suffer twice a week
Horrors terrible to speak.
Will you deign
To ease my pain?
Or will I slowly
Go insane?
Say you'll be my partner true
In Chemistry, it's me and you.

--written on yellow legal paper in Noel's cramped, somewhat illegible scrawl; found in my mail cubby, folded eight thousand times and with a bit of coffee spilled on one corner.

the first day back from winter break, junior year, I walked into Chem to find a head of red cabbage on every lab table. Also a juicer. Tate Prep is the kind of school where the chemistry teacher has a budget to buy fourteen juicers. I go there on scholarship.

Mr. Fleischman started the class yelling, "Happy New Year, people! Wash your hands and juice your cabbages! No fingers in the machinery!"

He was a small white man, only five foot two, with a pug nose and a large bald spot ill concealed by a comb-over. He jumped up and down more than most fifty-year-olds do and dyed what little hair he had left a shiny black. "Kitchen science!" cried Fleischman. "That's our new unit, people. Everyday chemical reactions that happen in your very own home."

I washed my hands and juiced my cabbage. Sadly, I was familiar with the procedures for juicing vegetables because my mother had started the new year by embarking on a raw food diet. Her new idea of breakfast was celery juice.

The cabbage was my cabbage and my cabbage alone because Noel was late. I'd gotten his note that morning in my mail cubby, but I hadn't seen him since before the holiday.

"Say you'll be my partner true/In Chemistry, it's me and you," he'd written.
Only now he wasn't here.

"Come to the front and get six plastic cups, protective gloves, baking soda, orange juice, liquid Drano, ammonia and vinegar," announced Fleischman. Katarina and Ariel, golden girls of the junior class, were squealing at the semi-disgusting purple glop that had formed in our juicers.

"I think I'm gonna puke from the smell," said Ariel.

"Don't puke," called Fleischman. "There's no puking allowed in chemistry. Scientists never puke."

"You smell it," said Ariel. "See how you feel."

Fleischman ignored her. "Be careful with the ammonia, people. And the Drano. I'm not seeing the gloves on your hands. The gloves go on your hands. Is that too much to expect you to figure out?"

I had to make three trips to the front to get everything. The third time, Ariel was there too. She held a little dish of orange juice. "Hello, Ruby," she said to me. "How was your break?"

"Good," I answered. Since the debacles of sophomore year had died down, Ariel, Katarina and Heidi all spoke to me if they had to. But I knew what they really thought of me.

"We skied Mount Baker over New Year's," Ariel said.

"Cool." I shrugged. Skiing is not in my budget. I spent winter break helping my dad repair cracks in his greenhouse off the side of the houseboat we live in and watching way too many movies. Dad runs an obscure and deeply earnest gardening newsletter entitled Container Gardening for the Rare Bloom Lover.

Why was Ariel making conversation with me, anyhow?

"Yeah," she went on. "Me, Katarina and Heidi were all about Sneaky Pete and Blueberry Cat Track."

I had no idea what she was talking about. Possibly ski trails. Possibly coffee drinks. Video games? Sexual positions?

"But Cricket skied the Chute and Kim owned Gunners Bowl," Ariel went on. "Jackson, Kyle and those guys came for New Year's. Such an excellent party."

Oh.

That was why she was telling me this.

Kim and Cricket are my ex-friends. Ariel was making sure I knew they'd all spent New Year's skiing together, which meant that Kim and Cricket were now firmly in the Katarina set.

"Spankin'," I said. Because of course it hurt that she had Kim and Cricket now. She meant it to hurt. There was nothing I could say in retaliation except something that would confuse her.

"Whatever," Ariel answered, wrinkling her nose.

I went back to my table and put spoonfuls of baking soda in my cups of cabbage juice.

The cabbage juice turned blue.

"I see it's turning blue, people!" Fleischman cried, jumping. "That's good. Now add precise dropperfuls of your various other substances to the blue cabbage juice, and make a record of how many droppers it takes to return the fluid to reddish purple. Then come to conclusions about the acidic and basic contents of your ingredients."
I added ammonia to one of the cups. The juice turned green. Did that mean it was acidic or basic?

What were we supposed to be writing down, again?

As my lab partner, Noel was usually Captain of the Pen, while I was usually Captain of the Beaker.

Where was Noel? Was he really going to ask to be my lab partner and then ditch class?

And why had he asked to be my lab partner, anyway? We had been lab partners last term. We were obviously going to be lab partners this term too. There was no need to write a note about it.

The Drano turned my cabbage juice blue.

"Later in the term we're doing the science of baking!" Fleischman continued. "Did you people know that chemical reactions are taking place constantly in your home ovens? In your very own blenders? It's fascinating, I promise you."

The plastic gloves felt hot on my hands and I was starting to sweat in the warm lab. I was nervous about seeing Noel.

Because Noel liked me.

Or at least, he once liked me.

And I liked him back, if liking someone means you want to touch him whenever he's sitting next to you and he makes you laugh and you find yourself thinking about him, like, when you're alone in the shower with the door locked. If liking someone means that whenever he's in a room with you, even an auditorium or the refectory, you know exactly where he is and what he's doing, like you've got Noel radar.

Yeah.

Last fall, Noel had asked if he could kiss me. I wanted to say yes and throw myself on top of him like a kissing lunatic--but there were a thousand reasons not to. It was very complicated. So I told him no.

After that incident of extreme awkwardness, we had settled into being lab partners and occasionally eating lunch together with other people; a semi-friendship that didn't involve e-mailing, calling, writing each other notes or hanging out after school. So far, it had worked out okay. I mean, I just tried not to think about him--and most of the time I managed it.


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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Oh, Ruby...your shenanigans...!

    I have been hooked on this series since The Boyfriend List. Ruby Oliver's high school drama is painted so realistically that any young woman can relate to her. The only difference is that you laugh at all the parts that Ruby wouldn't find funny, and want to cry in all the parts where she feels happy. As someone who had a teen experience similar to what she's going through, I thoroughly appreciate the opportunity to see it from another perspective. If there isn't a follow-up novel, I will be deeply depressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Sorry candy.

    I did not mean to call you your real name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    The Perfect Read For Anyone!!

    The Treasure Map of Boys is a excellent book! It is filled with everyday drama but still has that Ruby Oliver touch. Here is a quick summary: Ruby is still seeing her "shrink" and he still has a major crush on Noel. She later finds out her old boyfriend, Jackson broke up with her ex-friend Kim. The book has serious romance, funny friendships, and a lot of heartbreak. I would reccomend this book to anybody who is interested in a book that is made for loving and laughing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    WHICH BOOK IS THIS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Is this the second or third book in the bofriend list seris? I read the biyfriend list but i dont know which one to read next. HELP!!!!!

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    lockhart does it again

    amazing, as always. ruby oliver had me from day 1 all the way back in the boyfriend list

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    More Hilarious Debacles from the Lovable Roo

    The Treasure Map of Boys was as hilarious and meticulously plotted as its predecessors, The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book. Once again Ruby Oliver's quirky, hilarious voice shone through to narrate this tale ridden with teenage angst. I don't think anyone captures the high school experience better than E. Lockhart. She is right up there with Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen.

    The Treasure Map of Boys begins after winter break of Roo's junior year. The relative stability Roo established at the end of The Boy Book is soon gone when Ruby finds herself
    -running a bake sale when she can't bake
    -encouraging Nora to go after Noel when she likes Noel
    -dealing with Jackson and Kim having split
    -dealing with Jackson's sudden interest in her
    -with Nora's college student brother Gideon once more becoming a part of her life.

    This time the story centers around Roo's therapy assignment of making a treasure map of the peer relationships in her life and what she wants them to be. Roo makes it a treasure map of all the boys in her life, with surprising and hilarious results. Ruby is a character I love and who feels like a close friend. Whether she's defending animal rights, falling in love, or making good or bad choices I was rooting for her. Once again, Ruby's foot notes added a fresh commentary to the bottom of many of the pages and had me laughing out loud. That is part of Lockhart's gift: she can take serious issues of adolesence and life and make them funny. This book was a joy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2010

    fun read

    so this is definitely a fun book to read. i was always looking forward to reading it and never felt like i had to force myself to read it. i love all the drama that goes on with her boyfriend(s) and her so-called friends. and her parents are pretty hilarious. i like the setting, which is washington and she lives in a boat house, which is pretty cool.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Ruby "Roo" Oliver is trying to be good. Since the beginning of the school year she has had a thing for Noel, but her promise not to go after any guy one of her friends is interested in is complicating matters. Nora told Roo she likes Noel and that makes him off-limits.

    Although her focus is on Noel, the other guys in her life are sending strange message as well. Jackson is back to his old self, flirting with Roo. Nora's college-age brother, Gideon, somehow seems interested in Roo, and Finn is volunteering to help with the bake sale she is running.

    Since Roo's adventures in THE BOY BOOK, she has lost her job at the zoo and is now selling Birkenstocks at a local shoe store. She is still in therapy with Dr. Z, hoping to learn the cause of her panic attacks. As far as family issues, Roo makes a joke about Dr. Z recommending that she should have a dog, more specifically a Great Dane, and her parents take the news seriously when they bring home the giant but lovable Polka-dot.

    With all this going on, it's easy to understand Roo's worry that her life will never make sense.

    Colorful characters and crazy capers combined with believable high school stress and pressure make E. Lockhart's series a popular read. Roo's adventures offer plenty of laughs as well as a sympathetic voice for the ups and downs of the teen experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2009

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    A hot, new way to depress the heck out of people

    This book was so depressing. There was no happy ending, it brought ruby back to where she was in the first book and it made me feel so bad for this girl. Ruby's life already sucked but in this book it gets worse. She loses more friends its just terrible. These books are supposed to be just for fun and a pleasure to read but this book had my heart aching for this girl! If you want to be depressed read this book.

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    Ruby needs some lovin'! But from who?

    Getting smothered with kind words and confusing signals, Ruby Oliver doesn't know what to think of these boys. One's her ex-boyfriend, one's her secret crush, another is her best friend's brother, and the other is a sweet and gentle soccer player. It should be entertaining to watch as different guys try to catch her attention and own her heart, but for Ruby, it just gives her panic attacks and ex-best friends. I guess that's what you get for being yourself! Caught in the middle of love triangles and exploding science projects, Ruby has had enough. So her therapist tells her to make a treasure map of the relationships that you would like to have. There starts the other half of Ruby's journey through Junior year in high school.

    The Treasure Map of Boys is a book that won't get out. of. my. head. It's . unforgettable! Ruby's story is one that has happened many times in real life, I'm sure, but is the first to be put down on paper. That's one of the reasons it's so unique. Author E. Lockhart's writing isn't the most original but it still has it's charm.

    Most of the characters were enjoyable to the highest level and I liked reading how Ruby tried to choose between them: which ones she wants as friends and which ones she wants to be more than friends with. It's all realistic but at the same time, a little predictable.

    I felt bad that Ruby had so many so-called friends that stood by her, but were never actually true friends. I found them selfish and . just plain mean! I didn't like them at all. But there were a few things that bothered me about Ruby herself. She jumps to unproven conclusions and she never exactly finds out the truth to her thoughts. Other than Ruby being a little feministic, I enjoyed the book enough to recommend it.

    Release date: July 2009

    Contains:

    *inappropriate touching and talk of nudity
    *sexual references
    *Christians portrayed as 'annoying'
    *brief strong language

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    Never A Dull Moment (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    The Treasure Map of Boys
    By E. Lockhart
    Pub. Date: July 2009
    4 out of 5 stars
    PG-13 - Profanity and Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
    Recommended

    Boys complicate things. but Ruby is so sick of being alone.

    Ruby Oliver's reputation has been run into the ground, straggled, and buried several times in the past year. All because of boys. Well. not boys exactly. More like Ruby's relationship with boys. She has been in the state of no boyfriend for a successful 37 weeks hoping it will help cool down the disputes. But now with school starting again, everything she has been working for begins to backfire. Noel is writing her poetry, Jackson is giving frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. As her mental health deteriorates and panic attacks occur far more frequently, she is faced with tough choices. Either learn from her mistakes and move on, or fall back into her old mishaps. This time she might not make it out of her slump.

    The Treasure Map of Boys never had a dull moment. The crazy situations accurately captured the instability of teens and the awkwardness that ensues because of them. Add the adults portrayed as dim, far-off, and not understanding and real chaos proceeds.

    Ruby really needed a hug. It was mind blowing how much guilt and unsureness she could bottle up inside. She made mistakes and it torments her with no remorse. Sadly, her "friends" don't help her plight either. The added notes found in Ruby's cubby hole helped shed some light on the minor character's feelings and thoughts without switching the story's narrator. I found this was majorly beneficial in the book for understanding the characters and their reasoning.

    The footnotes were interesting and funny, but cluttered the chapters. The narration, inner thoughts, cubby hole notes, emails, and the like were already present and making the story choppy. It got confusing going between them and the footnotes. If would have been easier to follow along if the footnotes were added in parenthesis or just nixed all together.

    I will not be recommending this book to my younger sisters though. If this book is going to be read I suggest it be read by older teens, 14 and up. Why? Because the craziness of the school's students was overdone. By that I mean, not all teens are cussing or making out in school. Not all teens are inappropriately touching each other. Not all teens are careless followers. Not all teens are narcissistic and unforgiving. There are such teens, but it is a much smaller amount then represented in this book. Besides. it's wrong to do such things.

    If another book in the Ruby Oliver series is released, I will be checking it out.

    Date Reviewed: May 31st, 2009

    For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

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