Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: That Boy by Jillian Dodd

That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 

There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.

That Boy is a sweet story about a girl who has two best friends, both boys. It goes through her life, as if you're reading her journal, marking pivotal parts in her life. 

Here's the problem I found with That Boy, the very first chapter is basically the last chapter. You immediately know the final drama. Now it's just about understanding how you're going to get there. The problem is, I spent the entire book incredible impatient to get there. I kept thinking, "okay yea but what about HIM" and "why doesn't HE seem upset about this?" or "finally HE seems to be showing some signs of jealousy". I didn't feel any of my usual angst when reading, which come to think about it, may be a good thing for me.

It was a great great story, I just wish it hadn't started the way it did. I really liked JJ's spark. Her easy go with the flow attitude. Her tomboy style. The fact that she easily mixed her sexuality with her ability to be one of the guys. She was definitely the kind of girl I'd like to think I was at that age.

Bonus points for all the cute journal drawings. I think I had just as much fun looking at those, as I did reading the book.

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