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from E. Lockhart’s The Boyfriend List

“If you’re trying to talk to a boy in front of his friends, don’t mention anything too girly. Like mermaids. Or kittens. If you do, he is apt to act like a complete wanker and cause severe injury to your self-esteem. Beware…


In addition to mermaids and kittens, the average boy is likely to feel threatened if you mention the following topics: Poetry. Sunsets. Movies with kissing. Notes he’s written to you. Notes you wrote to him. Instant messages, likewise. Also e-mail. Past actions suggesting sentiment, such as weeping or saying he likes you. Pet names such as ‘snookie’ or ‘peachie’ that the two of you share (if going out). Hairstyles. His mother. Books you liked when you were younger. Dolls. Cooking (if he does it). Singing (if he does it). Failure…


Cramps. Why he didn’t call. What he is doing on Saturday night. Feelings of any sort whatsoever…
When encountered in groups, the human boy, as our serious documentation proves, is one of the greatest conversational inhibitors known to the female kind…”

                     from pp. 27-28 of The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, Delacorte, 2005.

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