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That Thing You Do

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  66 reviews
With the heart and sass of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel and the humor and sexiness of bestseller Alice Clayton, That Thing You Do is a story of three friends who make a pact in high school that states that none of the girls will marry unless each one agrees with the match.

Greta is always the bridesmaid - and that's fine with her. She has no desire to date after a bad r
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Laurelin Paige
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Waited an embarrassingly long time to finish this amazing book for reasons that are inexcusable - mostly because I knew how it was going to end, and I didn't know if I could handle the emotions. It was definitely as heartbreaking as I suspected, but worth every tearjerking moment. A beautiful, sweet, funny, captivating, sexy, honest love story. Kayti McGee's best work yet. Read with a hanky. You'll need it.
Sometimes you just need THAT book that will pull you out of a never-ending reading slump. You need a book that is charming, sweet, sexy, and lighthearted to chase away all the nonsense that reality has to offer. I'm telling you right now...THIS is that book! I'm very familiar with Kayti McGee's writing and I have to tell you that she kicked it up a notch with her latest release. THAT THING YOU DO has heart. It has humor. It has the perfect blend of sexy and sweet. Greta and Jon's story will leav ...more
ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review


Kayti McGee brings forth a romance that was a delicate symphony of sweet and heartfelt. In That Thing You Do, McGee introduces readers to three single best friends who made a pact that they won’t get married unless they all agree with the match.

Greta is that one cynical friend who doesn’t believe in happily ever afters. After witnessing her parents marriage crumble, it leaves a very sour bitter taste with her. And so when she atte
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book in matter of hours, which is exactly what I both wanted and expected. The blend of humor and romance is perfect which is what kept me flipping the pages so fast. There is also a teensy bit of serious thrown into the story by way of the family that Greta works for – but it isn’t too much. Just enough to keep it interesting. In fact, at about two-thirds through the story, when things started to get a little serious for one of the secondary characters: THAT’S when I think the book ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book!

First of all, the cover is misleading. It's not really about a bride-to-be or weddings. This is the first book in what seems to be a series involving 3 best friends. At a wedding, Greta, Summer, and Amy made a pact that none of them would marry someone the others didn't approve of.

This is Greta's book.

Greta is quirky, nerdy, and funny. While I liked her and Jon, what I loved most about the book was Greta and even Jon's scenes with Mina -
Laura Mcgee
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute! Very amusing, lots of pop culture references, and a really surprising twist at the end that had me crying on my couch at 6:50 am this morning... that was certainly unexpected!
Wouldn’t mind hearing from the three main girls in the book again, maybe another book about another girl. Amy most likely, who seems misunderstood yet delightful.
I expect good things from this author, she seems to come from good stock. 😊
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
dnf ~ 20%

Nope. That's not my kind of humor. This book wants to be funny but... it is not.
The humor is way over the top. All dialogues felt staged and the whole story line is just meh.

There are too many good books out there to waste my time with a story I really don't like.

✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

Firstly, am I the only one who gets that song from that Tom Hanks movie in my head every time I read the title? No? Just me then?

That Thing You Do is a cute, fun read that I really enjoyed. I adore Greta and her two besties! I love their quirks and their love for each other, and at first their teenage pact is fun.

DJ Force - aka as Jon, he is just the thing that she needs - even if she doesn't know it yet!

You know what I like reading at the moment? I am loving a s
Peggy Jaeger
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book took me a little by surprise because it's not a central theme about a wedding, but about a couple who meet at a wedding. Having said that, forget about the cover. The story is strong enough on its own.
Greta Steinburg made a pact with her two best friends that none of them would marry a man the others didn't like. When her friends want her to date the DJ at her sister's wedding, Greta fashions a plan to fake-date him so she can prove the plan was made after too much alcohol
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and Author via NetGalley***

Kayti McGee is a favorite of mine. Her characters are fun, they are quirky, and her stories always feel just slightly different than other books out there in the romance genre.

Jon and Greta meet at a wedding, as part of a "fake" dating arrangement, and then life becomes a little more real, as life often does while you are trying to make other plans, or as Greta was, avoid something by being a little less than forthcoming.

Usually, I love
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Could have been better.

First things first, I can't believe I lasted through an entire novel where the main character's name was Greta. Greta. I don't even know what to say.

And the main guy's name was Jon.

Just shoot me now.

Ignoring those tragic names, Greta became really unlikeable at the end. I mean, her thoughts about love were manageable at first, but as she became a huge dick towards the end, it was hard to see why Jon was in love with her.

The majority of the novel was okay and arguably cute.
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Greta was a nanny that took her job serious. She loved her friends. She was somewhat satisfied with her life. She was forever the bridesmaid. She was determined to not be pitied. Grand idea, fake dates with men she could never really take seriously. That was until one man had his one agenda underway. I found Greta sweet, loyal, loving, and a bit in self-denial. There were slow changes in Greta, which was needed for me to actually find her worthy of a man to love her. The way she was at the begin ...more
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

Firstly, am I the only one who gets that song from that Tom Hanks movie in my head every time I read the title? No? Just me then?

That Thing You Do is a cute, fun read that I really enjoyed. I adore Greta and her two besties! I love their quirks and their love for each other, and at first their teenage pact is fun.

DJ Force - aka as Jon, he is just the thing that she needs - even if she doesn't know it yet!

You know what I like reading at the moment? I am loving a s
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've fallen head over heels for the "fake dating" trope and this one was a great ride! I loved the pace of the storytelling and the nice blending of backstory into the present action only as it became useful for moving the story forward. Friends and family members figured into the plot but the story always focused on Greta and Jon and their relationship stayed front and center despite the circumstances life threw at them. I liked that neither one was robbed of their agency in deciding whether to ...more
Bette Hansen
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
That Thing you do is a cute, fun, sexy read that was completely entertaining! It's very well written with great characters and a story that had me flipping page after page. Greta is such a fun character and she and Jon work so wonderfully together. Olivia is a bit disillusioned about love and relationships so when her friends start trying to fix her up she decides to take matters into her own hands. She makes a deal with Jon for several fake dates to make it look like she's perfectly happy and n ...more
Isha Coleman
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
That Thing You Do by Kayti McGee  
Society seems to forget, there would be no bromance, if sisters of the heart never paved the way.  Kayti McGee, makes that point loud and clear with her ode to sisterhood, That Thing You Do.  It's a tale of friendship and finding that special someone. Not only do we get to fall in love with Greta on her quest for true love,  we get to explore the bond she has with her best friends.  
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

I first came across Kayti McGee when I read a book by her and Laurelin Paige (together they are Laurelin McGee). She's one of those authors that I know what to expect from her and that is really ok sometimes; it's nice having those expectations. And that really worked for me when I started reading this book because I needed a sweet romance after my last read.

That Thing You Do we discover three best friends who made a pact back in high school to never get married unless they all agree
Linda Rea
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Greta meets DJForce at her sisters wedding she thinks he is gorgeous but she doesn't have time to date with being a nanny to Mina. When DJ Force introduces himself she finds out his name is Jon and he agrees to fake date her to get everyone off her back. Jon turns out to be a great date but Greta won't go there even if her friends all see it and when something happens Jon is right there to pick up the pieces. This is one of those stories that make you want to slap some sense into Greta and ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, arc, contemporary

I may have mentioned this before but I have a thing for books with wedding themes on the cover, so I picked up That Thing You Do without even bothering to read the back. For the most part, this was a cute book, but there was just something about the writing style that didn't entirely work for me. I guess it missed a spark for me, and I kept waiting to be wowed. The characters here were likable, but I can't say that they were memorable for me. I read the book just a few weeks ago, and there's not
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Since I read a lot of romances, it takes a lot to really impress me. For me, this book fell in the middle of the pack. It wasn't bad but it wasn't that great. It probably didn't help that this is the second book in a row that dealt with a couple pretend dating. That right there told me the plot wasn't entirely original.

Greta doesn't believe in love and thinks all men are going to leave her disappointed. A lot of this stems from her father who a
Anita Byars
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romantic Comedy at its Best! If you want to read something entertaining, charming, sweet and sexy, with a good amount of heat, lol moments full of sass, as well as heart, this is it. Kayti McGee is a new author to me and I am so glad I found her. I Loved this refreshing storyline with hilarious banter and sexual chemistry that is off the charts.
Greta Steinburg and her two best friends made a pact at the age of fifteen that they, would never marry without the agreement of all of them. So after a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That Thing You Do by Kayti McGee hits on a lot of themes. Teenage pacts. Bridesmaid pacts. Popular Sci-Fi references. And the star of the show, fake boyfriend agreements. Greta and her freinds Amy and Summer made an agreement to use each other's judgment to guide their love lives as teenagers, eleven years later as perpetual bridesmaids, they make another pact to actually select dates for each other. Their prospective target for Greta? The DJ at her sister's wedding, Jon Hargrave aka DJ Force a ...more
Sue Galuska
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Greta and her two best friends, Amy and Summer make a pact when they were one can get married to a guy unless the other two both give their approval! Fast forward 11 years and her friends are making another pact....two of the friends will pick the guy for the other girl to date.

At Greta sister's Angie's wedding, Greta is drowning her sorrows with her two best friends when she notices the cute DJ, Jon. Ends up he is good friends with the groom. Also great is that the DJ had already noti
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know those people who swear they will NEVER fall in love, NEVER meet The One, and NEVER get married?

Kayti McGee has created just that person in Greta, a woman so determined to not give her heart away that she nearly destroys it.

The good news for Greta is that Jon, a popular DJ, is patient. He knows, from the minute he sees Greta at her sister Angie's wedding, that she is The One. He also believes in love and marriage and all that stuff. Greta presents quite the challenge for him, but he is e
Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

We’ve all made pacts as kids with our best friends but what happens when you actually live by them? When that pact involves your happiness of falling in love with the right man, it’s easy to live by that pact, especially when you don’t believe in love.

Greta Stienburg doesn’t believe in love and has good reasons not to. She’s happy to live her life with her sister and new brother-in-law, her best friends and the cutest and sassiest little girl she is a nanny to. But when she sets her eyes
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and sexy romance. It started out when Greta and her friends were young teens trying to figure out love and how not to have their hearts broken. They make a pact that they will only date men who they all agree on. Fast forward a decade and they are all at Greta's sister's wedding as Greta mourns being a bridesmaid yet again. As the friends have a few too many drinks, Greta catches the eye of the sexy DJ playing music. Her friends talk her into dating him. Greta doesn't thing she i ...more
P.e. lolo
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Greta and her friends had made a pact that they had to approve who they would marry before the time. Now she is the only one that is still single. Being a bride’s maid once again even though it is for her sister is just wrong in her mind especially when her friends are married and now having children. To deflect attention off herself she is hopping that a series of fake dates will send her friends away from the truth that she is nowhere near a relationship of any kind. Her friends decide that th ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a romance with a bit of a twist. Greta and her two friends have made a pact that they will not marry someone unless the other two approve of him. Coming out of a bad relationship, Greta is all for this, or, better still, all for not even having a relationship. At another wedding, Greta finds herself set up with the DJ, Jon. Greta decides to fake-date Jon so her friends will stop bugging her about a relationship. The only problem is that Jon really wants to date Greta, so he is way more i ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Funny, romantic and a little steamy!

I loved this book on many fronts - the 3 friends making a pact to pick each other's dates; Mina who Greta is the nanny for; the bet that Jon makes with Angie & Matt (Angie is Greta's sister); Greta realizing that maybe men aren't all bad.

It doesn't hurt that Jon and Greta are attracted to each other when they start dating - or fake-dating as Greta wants to call their situation. She is going along with this because of the pact but I liked how Jon is able to
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Kayti that was a cute story. A sassy lady and a sexy Brit and shenanigans.
Greta is always the bridesmaid and for her it's getting old. She may never find Mr. Right and that's ok with her but her friends feel otherwise. Amy and Summer decide to choose the next man in Greta's life who happened to DJ her sister's wedding. Jon a DJ with a British accent has finally seen his other half but Greta doesn't know it yet. He decides to go along with Greta's fake dating to deter her friends but he's gonna
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Kayti McGee is a proud Kansas Citian who wishes that Tom Hiddleston would just call her already. Besides writing, her hobbies include napping, daydreaming, and murder shows on Netflix. She also writes as the latter half of Laurelin McGee. Send her wine, and stay sexy.