02 November 2011

{Book Review + Giveaway} That Boy

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 November 2011 at 10:18 PM | | | | | | |


That Boy
Author: Jillian Dodd
Format: eBook
Pages: 295
Published: May 2011
Rating: 5+ Birds

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

My take: Oh my goodness!  Now normally if you gave me a book and told me that synopsis I’d probably have told you “you’re nuts, I’d never read that”…but the more I thought about it when posed by The {Teen} Book Scene the opportunity to take this one…I went with it.  One girl, two boys she’s grown up with for most of her life, why not?

When I began reading the story of Jadyn, or J.J. as she was in a lot of this book, was kind of your typical kid growing up near her best friend, who just happened to be a boy.  A new boy moves into town and threatens the friendship she already has, until J.J’s dad helps and pushes her to basically go prove the new boy wrong.  New friendship emerges and it’s enchanting!

Getting to grow up with Jadyn through this story let me almost relive some of my moments of growing up – and I felt a familiarity when she went through something horrible her senior year.  Not the exact same situation, but similar to something that happened earlier in my life, it was actually sort of refreshing to read.

I almost wish that I’d gotten to learn about Danny and Phillip through their own eyes, but at the same time, getting them described through Jadyn’s eyes was nice because I was learning about them from one perspective only, so I couldn’t be swayed by another opinion – only by Jadyn’s. 

Each boy in the story has a swoon-worthy attribute, and I quickly fell in love with each of them…more and more throughout the story as well.  Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read about growing up and going through life figuring out what it is that you actually want.

We were excited to be a part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour which provided us with a lovely guest post from Phillip!  You can check that out HERE.  But get this, you can also WIN an eCopy of this book!  This one is open internationally, and all you have to do is leave a comment below with your name and email. Drawing from a cup, or hat, or some object – will occur on November 13th.

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  1. sounds interesting!
    gfc; arianne cruz
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  2. gfc:saavylistener

    email: untaintedbeauty at gmail dot com

    name: Yvette Rivas

    I've heard great things about this book. hope to own a personal copy

  3. This sounds great!

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  4. Sounds like a good book. Count me in :)

  5. Very beautiful story! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  6. This sounds like a sweet love story!

  7. I have heard about this book a lot lately. Sounds pretty interesting.

    GFC Amy Fournier

    Email alf421.af@memyshelfandi.com

  8. OMG, this sounds like a must read to me!! I would love love love to win this, thanks so much for the chance!!!

    GFC follower


  9. I hadn't heard of this one. Sounds great tho!

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  10. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    GFC: ebaker

  11. Looks really good!
    GFC: Sydnaynay

  12. Sounds like the perfect book for me!

    GFC Aydrea
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