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That Girl

(That Girl #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,292 ratings  ·  413 reviews
This book is about That Girl...

The girl who leaves behind her past, including her name; runs away from home and vows to never let another identity claim her again. Broken dreams, an abusive step-dad and ugly memories from her childhood are the only shattered remnants that have the ability to haunt her.

With no money, an endless blank slate laying ahead of her and no hopes
ebook, 176 pages
Published August 11th 2014 by HJ Bellus
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DNF at 24%

This books starts with That girl's 18th birthday.
She has planned to run away from home on her 18th birthday.
That girl has a crappy mother who never cared for her and rather filmed porn in her bedroom than feed her own daughter.
Of course that girl experienced violence and abuse. Her only chance is to run away.

The first 20%/ 5 chapters we see how That girl lives in 5 different towns.
She stays only for a short time before she decides to leave again.

1. I didn't understand why she was const
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MY RATING: ☆☆☆☆ Stars - That Girl by H.J. Bellus

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The beginning of the book just about rips your heart out for the shitty life "That girl" was dealt. Knowing at the age of twelve that as soon as her and her best friend turned eighteen they would leave their home town behind.


I've survived in the shadows for the last eighteen years

This story was just kind of "meh" for me. It just didn't ever add up to me and the characters only had the mildest appeal.

The heroine leaves home as soon as she turns 18, moving from town to town and changing her name with each new destination. I'm still trying to figure out why, exactly. The entire reason she left was because her abusive mother couldn't be bothered to are about her, much less trek all over the country to find her!

Enter the Hero, a star football player. He's kind, handsome, and
Cassia Brightmore
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
“Nameless and hopeless. The two possessions I require to survive.” These are the words that “that girl” lives by. Her motto, her mantra. She wraps them around her like a protective shield, never letting them go or letting her guard down. This book is touching, inspirational, a haunting tale that is completely unforgettable. A story of a young girl’s struggle to escape the horror of her upbringing and make a better life for herself. A life without fear and pain. Her story captivated me from the v ...more
Jessica Griffith
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished beta reading this book and I cannot even begin to tell y'all how amazing it is! Seriously. I thought Miles was my favorite HJ Bellus book. Not anymore. This absolutely eclipsed Miles. I will write a full review when it's actually released but for now I just have to say that this is a must read. Just sayin' I actually got all teary-eyed and I am NOT a crier. Only one other book and made me cry. Mark your calendars, release date is August 12th?

Okay, so now that we are getting close
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe
I enjoyed most of this book. Lincoln was very sweet with Oakley and was super patient with her too. Oakley had a terrible childhood and ran away when she was eighteen. She spent time in a number of different places and used a new name each time. We never learn what her real name is. She and Lincoln hit it off and she learns to trust and love him. Lincoln is a hot football player with a witch for an ex girlfriend. Of course his snooty mom wants him to marry the ex and doesn't think Oakley is good ...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
This was a good story in need of some polish. The beginning was hard - it dragged and was confusing in parts. I couldn't quite get why she felt the need to run so far - or how she managed to get so many jobs without identification. There were secondary characters that didn't feel well fleshed out. All that said, Lincoln saved the book for me. Really. I loved him. And I really liked who Oakley was after she met him.

Their courtship was sweet and realistically slow and I enjoyed every second. I wo
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
So sweet my teeth hurt and yet, she's had an awful life so far. Insta love and too perfect boyfriend (can you believe it?). Bonus for the ending, we get a little drama.

If you want sweet love story with a perfect hero, it could be your book
britni leona
Yep, this book will have you ugly crying...

"I'll give you a name you'll be proud of, a first and last name that will erase all memories of that girl. Your past will no longer haunt you with me at your side. I'm all in..." - Lincoln

I'm giving this book 4 pizzas...This book is so incredibly heart-breaking and breaks your heart every time you turn the page. Oakley is a broken soul, lost with no where to go; constantly on the run. While Lincoln struggles to be the best and try's his hardest to

Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a prime example of never letting a name define who you are. It sucked me in from the beginning and held me in a grip so tight that I couldn't breathe right until the very last word. That girl is the epitome of so many girls that are hurt, physically and emotionally, through out life. She's so broken that she runs. From the second her feet hit the pavement she has no intentions to stop. Until he happened that is. Until he takes hold of her and refuses to let go "I'll give you a name ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The truth is there are so MANY women who are #ThatGirl but none willing to tell their tale. I was drawn in from page one and found myself on the emotional journey and mile marker tour.

This book displays the mind of a truly wicked (in a great way) woman. If you are NOT hooked on the realness of a character in which HJ Bellus creates you will be. This is a story for WOMEN who have witnessed, endured, and escaped.
Tiffany Willams
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

"Everyone has a story, though some hide it well and act as a chameleon like I do. Never really willing to openly be themselves because their true self is ugly, cruel, and worthless."

That Girl.
I know her. You know her. We all know her. But do any of us truly KNOW her?
Well let me tell'll KNOW her now.

Can I tell you that as a reviewer, I look for the greatest points in a story and try to highlight as much as I can without giving the story a
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That girl IS NOT defined by a name; in fact, her name doesn’t matter – it’s inconsequential because it shows nothing about her or what she’s been through.

That girl IS defined by her past, by her scars, by the nightmares and demons that threaten to possess her and drag her down on a constant basis.

That girl is broken. That girl is damaged. That girl is a nobody who impacts no one.

That girl is a runner who lets no one in for fear that they will find out the truth and leave her before she can leave
The BookWhisperer
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
That Girl will break your heart!!! This story is a very powerful read looking at the dark side of life. By the age of eighteen this young girl has endured a life that no one should experience. It is depressingly tragic that such Mother's exist in the world, and my heart poured out to her character over and over again. I don't call her by name, because really she doesn't even have a name. I like how each chapter glimpses into this young girl's life ending with goodbye, name. That was an inventive ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt it fell short... it definitely had potential...
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect 5 stars!

If you're looking for a story with amazingly imperfect- perfect characters, a story of how real love should go down, & prime example of why some people just don't deserve the title of "parents," then this is it people!

The female MC has been so hurt, so utterly destroyed and so invisible to anyone that could've, should've helped her that she flees as soon as she can. She's always looking over her shoulder, no matter how far she runs; she's in flight mode 100% of the time. Th
This was a 4 star, great book until the really crappy last chapter and Epilogue which were two and one star, respectively.

Girl who goes by multiple names (I'll call her Oakley since that was her primary alias) turns 18 and escapes a completely horrific upbringing (sexual, physical, emotional abuse) and works her way across country to end up in Colorado.

The story of her moving to various stops is really intriguing and is what is the most compelling portion. Then she ends up in Colorado and really
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got sucked into this book. And stayed that way. I feel like there were a few inconsistencies that caught me up for a few minutes, grammar and such, but I was engrossed in the story so I was able to ignore it.

I loved the premise. I LOVED THE H. He was so amazing. Caring, understanding, and basically perfect. I also loved our h. She was broken, but still brave enough to fight past her past. It was endearing.

I bet you're all wondering why only two stars!?!

Well, that's easy. We had a five star
Lydia H
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Audiobook edition: Great storyline by HJ Bellus and fantastic narration by Em Eldrige!

Oakley and Lincoln's story was heartbreaking AND heartwarming all at once. I enjoyed seeing how Oakley slowly came out of her shell with Lincoln's help. He was patient and understanding. He loved her for who she was, scars and all. In fact, I think her scars, emotional and physical, made her more beautiful, unique, and special to him.

I hated his mom and while I figured she'd do something, I never expected she
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.***

I absolutely loved this book. Loved the characters, loved watching their relationship developed. I loved seeing the names of the My Way Girls. I laughed, cried and got seriously pissed, all the elements of a good book.

That girl, what an awesome female character. She's a strong, determined woman. Anytime she got knocked down, she didn't stay down long. She knew what she didn't want out of life, and took the necessary steps to achieve what she did
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lincoln rocked! I thought this was a sweet story. Sure there were some minor dramas but not much. Oakley overcame so much and I was proud of how she opened up to Lincoln. And he was just the best.


Got this on audible and I enjoyed it. It is a different book. A lot of build up before Lincoln is introduced. And they are young. While there are a lot of reminders of how young they are, it did not drive me crazy like a lot of NA does. Probably because Lincoln was a rock!!!

Cassi Munday
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
This started out to be an amazing book, I won't lie. However, the book ended at the climax of the story!! I just felt like the author got tired of writing and decided to just wrap up all the loose ends (& there was MANY loose ends) in an epilogue. I think more time should have been spent on finishing the book. Either give it 100% effort or forget about it. Don't publish half finished work..
Frankly Frankie
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
College kids acting like grown men and women. Couldn't figure out why she was on the run for basically the entire book. Inconsistent portrayal of who was evil. Dramatic.

Questionable concept of what consent really means.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, very sweet - I love caring and protective men.
My only regret is that, unlike most times, I was wishing for a continuation book for their story - it ended too abruptly for me.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really liked this until the end. The end just seemed way to rushed and I felt things were left out.

As always very emotional and touching.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I flew through this book..LOVED LINCOLN!!really enjoyed it..thanks again Sharon!
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Completely heartbreaking and yet hopefull. Great read. Loved Lincoln & Oakley.
L.L. Collins
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was my first book by HJ Bellus, but will not be my last. I devoured this book in hours. Heart-wrenching, inspiring, and gripping.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I read the summary I was like I must get this book.. the storyline captivated me. First of all its definitely the best in the series. The beginning part just about lynlee was pretty lengthy but then comes Lincoln and things went uphill! I loved Lincoln because he knew exactly what she needed and was that for her. He was so sweet and understanding and drew her out till she became a confident and happy woman. Pretty weird epilogue but I enjoyed the book
Claire Pengelly
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Friggin loved this book! I dont wonna spoil it so il say 'That Girl' story had me gripped from page 1! She was soo strong & just kept going even if she didnt believe she was strong. Lincoln was a gentleman & soo caring! Made my heart melt at the chemistry between them. There was lots of tears at the end when i was thinking the worst but at the very end i was happy & it was beautiful. Plus this story just made me wonna eat pizza haha
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USA Today Best Selling Author, HJ Bellus is a small town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she's a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.


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