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That Boy (That Boy #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  22,613 ratings  ·  1,737 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
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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
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
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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
* * * * * 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
I love stories that begin with the final explosive scene. I love the anticipation and guessing that takes place throughout the entire book - how did they get there... and is that The End The End? Or the beginning of The End? In this case, we spend the entire book wondering which boy - Phillip or Danny - is that boy... the one who wins JJ's heart, only to screw things up at the end. (Or did he?)

Written like journal entries, That Boy makes the reader feel like a cross between a friend getting all
Jillian Dodd
Jul 21, 2013 Jillian Dodd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)

Fall in love with the boys next door!
Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus
Jan 29, 2013 Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like to laugh!
Recommended to Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus 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)
*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
Amy Hollsh
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
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
Abbi Glines
This was so freaking good! Loved it.
Amy (Foxy)


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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 cliffhangers

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
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
Kelli C for "Cross"
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
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
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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 .

(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
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Apr 09, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 5 of 5 stars
5 Stars.

Okay, 5 Star books for me are either very creative/unique, or pull really strong emotions out in me. This book tipped the emotion scale. It may just be me, but it really hit me right between the eyes. I was just cruzing along, reading a bit of a fluff story - cute, but just, and then BAAM. Baby it starting knocking my socks.. I really can't tell you why, or I'll give it all away, but I was just floored. Really fantastic read.

Anyone who knows me, knows I hate to spend buttloads of money o
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
Rating 3.5 stars. I was enjoying this book quite a bit then it dragged on and on and that brought down my rating. We see the heroine JJ as a kid, her best friend Philip and eventual friendship with Danny and how they go through their teenager years together , with Danny and JJ many times almost starting something but pulling back. We see her lose her parents , go to college and her dating life. To me it was obvious that there was something between her and Philip from the start, that guy would be ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.75 Stars

What the hell?!!!!

That's JJ's mantra after all, "what the hell." I'm so happy I picked up this book. It made me a very very happy girl. This book was a surprise hit for me. It was a unique story about a girl and her two best friends, Phillip & Daniel, and which of these boys is That Boy, the boy she eventually ends up with. The way this book was written, it was like reading JJ's diary, with illustrations and all (a very cute touch that just added to it's charm). The book started of
3.5 stars

That Boy is a homegrown boy(s) & girl next door love story that is an easy read. If you're looking for a lighthearted, summer beach read this might be the book for you. The characters are all very likeable and the boys - Danny and Phillip - are all any girl could ask for. The book follows the main character, JJ, through her life (from childhood to young adulthood) and subsequently through her relationships with the two boys next door. There were times when I felt the pace of the boo
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Jillian Dodd is the author of The Keatyn Chronicles Series, The Captive Films Series, and the That Boy Series. She lives in sunny Florida.
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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.” 148 likes
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