Friday, May 3, 2013

Review - That Boy by Jillian Dodd

Series:  That Boy #1
Publisher:  Self- Published
Published:  May 16, 2011
Pages:  287, Kindle Edition
Edition Reviewed:  ebook
Source:  Bought
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.
Review *always spoiler-free unless noted*:
Let's get straight to the point, shall we?  This book is told in journal like entries and is written to be serious and funny at the same time.  It kind of reminds me of a more grown up version of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series, but not really funny.  This is another one of those books that everyone seemed to love except me.  Going through  pages of GoodReads reviews netted me about 30 4 or 5 star reviews at a time and the occasional 2 or 3 star reviews.  I didn't find it funny, I didn't like any of the characters, and I really hated how the narrarator used the phrase "that boy" in every other paragraph.  I understand it was for the purpose of giving away who the "winning" boy will be, but come one.  It got quite repetative. And I didn't like the ending. What I did like was the little illustrations that came with each chapter, and the fact that the book took us through the lives of the characters from grade school up to college. I thought that was great considering not a lot of authors write books encompassing 15 years or so of the characters lives in 200-something pages.
Overall, not for me, but most people loved it or really liked it.
2 out 5 stars

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