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That Boy (That Boy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  27,275 Ratings  ·  2,036 Reviews
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
ebook, 287 pages
Published May 16th 2011 (first published May 2nd 2011)
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This book taught me 3 things:

1. That Strip football is the best sport EVER.


"Your shirt or a shoe?”
That boy gets a nasty look on his face, but then the look changes and he smiles a wide, slightly evil smile at me.
Devil Danny is back, I think, and he's standing right in front of me.
I glance at Lisa. She can barely contain her excitement. I mean this is what she has been out here braving the cold for. Danny stands in front of me and very, very slowly pulls his T-shirt up over his chest. He is doi
Apr 29, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it
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5 stars!!!

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That boy is a book I could read over and over again! I have read it several times... It's one do those stories that makes you fall in love with reading!

The story is written from JJ (Jadyn James) Reynolds perspective. It's a diary of sorts that follows her life from childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. Through her journey, there is love, laughter, heartbreak, family and fun. JJ's story is not just hers. It's the story of her and her two best friends- Danny and Phillip. Both are
Amy Hollsh
Feb 12, 2013 Amy Hollsh rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, no-just-no
Um.... Did I accidentally purchase the incoherent ramblings of a 2nd grader instead of the actual book? Seriously... Who is giving this book 5 stars??

The writing is juvenile.

The dialogue was so absurdly unrealistic it made me cringe.

Our narrator, JJ, is immature and unlikable. I really thought that she would eventually stop sounding like her 3rd grade self but that never happened...

She had so many opportunities to grow but completely blew it. GAH. Her parents die for Pete's sake and she's in the
Best book ever! After re-reading it, I am sure. It is divine! It was even better the second time around and I could not put it down! I want to write the most amazing review ever because this book is the most amazing book but until I have time and focus my old one just have to do.

I just want to say that this book was so good. It was utterly amazing. I didn't want to change a thing (and I usually have plenty of opinions). I was just so happy to sit back and let Jillian Dodd take me for a wonderful
Mar 15, 2017 Jenny rated it really liked it
not gonna spend a lot of time trying to pick the perfect words for this review, this book is old, most everyone, but me, has read it. But if you haven't, please do. I can't wait to read on to see what becomes of this amazing new couple!!!!❤❤❤

Love the love you find as kids. It makes for such a journey of a story. Enjoyed this story!!!

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Jillian Dodd
May 21, 2011 Jillian Dodd rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

That Baby is releasing soon!! Get it ordered today!

That Baby:
Aug 03, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
* * * * * 5 Love That Boy Stars * * * * *

I completely adored this story! It is a quick read, but the story has depth and heart.

The story is told from JJ’s (Jadyn Reynolds) point of view. It starts with her telling us about her best friend Phillip, and the horrible day Danny the Devil moved into their neighborhood.

See Danny being the devil that he is thinks JJ can’t keep up with him and Phillip since they are big tough boys and she is a wimpy girl, she proves him wrong when she lays him out wit
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 22, 2012 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like to laugh!
Recommended to Kellie Maddox-Ward by: Brenna

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What a breath of fresh air!

Lately all I have read is books that literally rip my heart out, make me fall the guy then leave me on a horrible cliffhanger..

Not this one..

I mean yes I got my heart ripped out once...
I fell for 2 guys...
but I got a HEA with a promise of more...

This is the story of JJ, Phillip and Danny.
3 next door neighbours
3 best friends

told through Jayden's eyes from 4th grade until a few yrs out of college.

I laughed, I giggled, I wa
Kristin (KC)
May 11, 2012 Kristin (KC) rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

That Boy is one of those stories that picks up momentum quickly, allowing you to refreshingly dive right in. It was sweet, tender, completely HILARIOUS, and it hooked me instantly!

The story is written in the intimate and sort of choppy style of a diary. It begins with the end; a current moment of impact in the life of Jadyn (JJ) Reynolds. It then rewinds to JJ's childhood, filling in all the details of her life leading up to that intense moment-- as we learn just exactly who "That Boy
Jul 04, 2012 Lint rated it did not like it
Looking closely at the candle, she says with a sigh so big it blows her bangs up off of her face, “Jadyn, this blows.”
That's funny. Candle. Blows. Get it? Oh never mind.

My first thoughts:
Did a twelve year old write this?
Sorry to be the rain to your sunshine, but I did not like it.
First of all, JJ was a little childish.
Danny is just an ass.
One that gives all guys a bad name.
Phillip deserved better.
But still.
I thought JJ was petty.
And wasn't all that 'tomboyish'
She was actually quite the opposite
I've been eyeing this book for quite a long time but was a little reluctant to read it since, you see, it involved two boys. You know how I avoid love triangles because it definitely give me headaches and heartaches. And well, I'm scared I might fall for the wrong one and end up being disappointed. BUT all the reviews I see were quite contradicting what I was thinking, not one was actually complaining about a love triangle because, really now that I've read it, there wasn't actually any love tri ...more
Alexis *Reality Bites*

This was actually a reread I originally read this back in March 2012!
Here is my goodreads review which was done with the original cover

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Abbi Glines
Nov 23, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing
This was so freaking good! Loved it.
Amy (Foxy)


"We're like kites. We just go wherever the wind blows us, even if it's not the best place to be. XXX (view spoiler) is like a great kite flyer. XXX understands that you need enough string to go on your adventures. XXX even encourages it and helps you soar. XXX also knows when you need to be brought back to earth. XXX grounds you in a very good way."


That Boy Book Trailer

That Boy (That Boy, #1) by Jillian Dodd That Wedding (That Boy, #2) by Jillian Dodd That Baby (That Boy, #3) by Jillian Dodd
No cliffhanger
Feb 09, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing

This hilarious story begins through the perspective of Jadyn, a 4th grade tomboy, who is best friends with Phillip, the boy next door. Which is nice because he likes throwing a ball around and doing fun non-girly stuff. Although, not long after, a new boy named, Danny, who's mean and thinks football should only be played by boys...hummph!, moves in down the street. So not cool! It takes a couple of days, but Jadyn finally convinces Danny, GIRLS CAN PLAY FOOTBALL TOO and soon, she, Phillip and D
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review!
-->WHERE THE *&%# IS THAT BOY?? Internal thoughts of Jayden in That Boy

I Love That Boy!!! This was an adorable contemporary romance Following Jayden Reynolds and her two best friends Phillip and Danny. I sooo loved this book and just when i tought i had the story all figured out the author hit me with a curveball that left me stunned. The two leading boys to men are both very swoon worthy and you will fall in love with them i kno i did! I enjoyed the writting style an
5 Beautiful STARS---whoohoo!!!
I just finished this book and want everyone to know what a gem it was. It’s like I just want to sit in a chair, put my feet up, and smile for the rest of the day…that is how good I feel. I want “most” of Jayden James Reynolds life, I am jealous of her, but she sooo deserved her HEA!

First of all, everyone needs to find themselves a Phillip and a Danny, two incredible best friends a girl could ever want. I thought this book was going to be about a big love triangle wi
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
So sweet and fun! I never expected to read a book with a love triangle and enjoy it so damn much...but this is a unique experience in that there is no way not to fall into this story without embracing all 3 characters.

Lets begin with JJ...

This is your ordinary girl who has all the normal growing pains associated with growing up...she just has 2 secret weapons in the form of the bestest friends. So Phillip and Danny just happen to be insanely hot...but they are amazing, loyal and all in with anyt
Nadia  Islam Nitol

The book stars 3 pathetic losers, the biggest of them being the so-called tomboy (yeah right), our main protagonist JJ. At first she's in 3rd grade and her stupidity makes sense, but it can't be forgiven when she doesn't change much, even after
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Feb 12, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
11/18/2015 -- Reread this recently and enjoyed it once more. I agree with everything in my previous review. I probably wouldn't go to 5 Stars, more 4.5 Stars, but I don't modify ratings for a re-read. I tried to jump right into That Wedding, and lost interest for a bit. I've been in a bit of a book funk. You'll see. Either way, this is a good read; unique, original story .. if you stick to the end, and interesting characters.

Happy Reading!

5 Stars.

Okay, 5 Star book
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This book completely melted me into one big pile of goo reminding me exactly what romance is all about. It was so real, honest, and vulnerable; I completely lost myself in the story. Jayden, Phillip, and Danny's relationship will melt your heart. You literally get to see their friendship develop before your very eyes. How many times have you read a book and everything happened too fast; the relationship, the story, the plot. That's definitely N
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THAT BOY really gets to you - I mean the book and well, that boy :-) Which boy? Well, both of them - I can't choose which one I want her to end up with...choices, choices...

***Maybe I should wait to write a review - when I am not feeling quite so giddy about it - the characters were just awesome and the story was told in such a way that you really get to know them like you are part of their lives! As many naughty books as I usually read, this was refreshingly sweet. I found myself half expecting
Kahina .
Jan 07, 2012 Kahina . rated it it was amazing

(Which means i'm not going to make my full review right now but i'll wait until i calm down a little. xP)

I'm not that calmed down right now, still so emotional about the book but i'm going to write the review, though!

The Cover :

I'm generally not the kind of person to judge a book by its cover. So if you do, i advise you not to do it with that book cuz despite the cover, (In fact, i find this cover kind of cute, but
Oct 27, 2011 Say rated it it was amazing
WARNING!!! DON'T JUDGE THIS BOOK BY IT'S COVER!!! AND I SAY BETTER NOT JUDGE THIS BOOK BY IT'S LOUSY COVER!!! sorry i hated the cover....but hey what's inside is more important, right?

ok! i know there are a LOT of books out there with beautiful covers but when you open it and start reading the story? what do you get? A LOUSY BOOK THAT YOU WISH YOU HAVEN'T BOUGHT OR WORSE A BOOK THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO THROW TO YOUR NOISY NEIGHBOR. but this book, has simple cover that one might past browsing throu
When I think about the guy I want to marry, I think I might prefer someone who knows where they are going. I mean a prince pretty much has his whole life planned out already, doesn’t he? And this is important because I have no idea where I’m going or what I want to do with my life.
As a kid I’ve always believed that my prince would come someday. I don’t mean like a prince with a crown and white horse who live in a palace prince but the prince who will sweep me off
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! I could not stop smiling the whole time I listened to this audio book. I bought it thinking I'd have something to listen to in the car while I was driving for a few weeks.Boy was I wrong - it took me 2 days! I couldn't stop myself!

I've never read a book where I actually loved all the characters, not just the main characters, but just about everyone and even the parents! Usually I have a favorite right off the bat when there are two love interests, but I couldn't
Oct 15, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
4 Stars

So I totally thought this was gonna be the dreaded
Triangle of DOOM!

But I have to say was super impressed with how it all played out. You meet Jayden when she was a kid and then are introduced to Phillip and Devil Danny. The 3 are BFF's growing up and you learn about their adventures over time along the way. What I loved about the story the most was that its sooooo easy to cause drama in a story like this, but there was no jealousy between the 3 of them and that is what made me love this
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
One of the cutest books I've ever read. EVER.


1st May 11-OMG :D Loved this book to bits, Couldn't keep it down.. Read all the way from 3am to 7am without a break.. Yes I'm a major insomniac when it comes to such amazing books
I always love a romantic childhood story which always involves 2 boys!
A MUST READ FOR ALL AGES, Beautifully written, I wish I could live this book.

20th Aug 12- Re-reading this book before reading That Wedding <3
That boy is just so cute, Loved reading it all over again :'
3 stars..

It all started back in 4th grade...

Jadyn and Phillip are best friends and have been so since as long as they can remember.They literally spend every moment together.Phillip would always choose being with JJ over any other person any day.But that soon changes when a guy called Danny Diamond shifts into the empty house next to them...

He interrupts our game by saying, “Four Squares is a dumb girl game. Wanna play football, Phil?”
It's not PHIL, you idiot! It's Phillip. No one calls him tha
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Jillian Dodd is the author of The Keatyn Chronicles Series, the That Boy series, Vegas Love and Spy Girl. She lives in sunny Florida and loves the beach.
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“When I think about the kind of guy I want to marry, I think I might prefer someone who knows where they are going. I mean a prince pretty much has his whole life planned out already, doesn't he? And this is important because I have no idea where I'm going or what I want to do with my life.” 154 likes
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