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***That Boy by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
Date Read: March 5, 2013
Rating: 2 Stars
That Boy, upon reading the blurb, will catch the attention of anyone looking for a sweet contemporary romance about a girl torn between two guys. It centers around the lives of three very close friends who grew up together. As time came and went, JJ (the girl) slowly realizes how her two guy friends changed from scrawny little boys to gorgeous young men. Then, the story begins.
The story was very disappointing. I was expecting something delightful, fun and worthwhile to read. But the sweetness, the tingles on the skin, and the knots in the belly I was hoping to feel was not there. The supposed love triangle was bland and boring. The story seemed to drag on due to the wide time frame it covers. To be honest, I felt it was too long because of some of the insignificant moments or parts in the story.
The characters, especially JJ, was unappealing. She was quite annoying, confusing and hard to relate to. And there's not much character development with her. With the guys, I was hoping to read something about a healthy brotherly/friendly competition to win the girl's heart. But none of the interesting and exciting parts of the sappy 'ol love story was present. They were okay for me, but crush-worthy? I think not so. They are tolerable.
I don't usually comment on the writing style because I'm not good at judging those kinds of things. But truth be told, this was not the greatest on the planet. It wasn't that good. It felt too conversational and informal. Not my kind of style, though I don't have any specific preference with the writing.
To sum up, I did not like it very much. But like I said, it was tolerable. But sweet, fun, dramatic and entertaining? No, not really. Well, not for me.