That Boy. Jillian Dodd. Young Adult/Contemporary. 2011. 287 pages. 4 stars.
You know life is weird. There are times I feel so grown up and like I know everything I need to know, but then I think about the future and realize how little I do.
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.
If I were to describe this book, it would sorta be the Love, Rosie movie (yes, movie because I haven’t read the book yet) without all the babies happening. Because just like the movie, our main character,JJ, falls in love with her best friend and it was ADORABLE.
I think that one of the best things about this book is how we see each character grow because it’s told through JJ’s voice from 4th grade to the post-college-graduation. We see JJ, Danny, and Phillip’s bond strengthen throughout the years and honestly, it’s the most beautiful thing and throughout the book I felt the need to protect that bond at all costs.
It makes me wish I had cute guys next door to “befriend.”
And although That Boy is marketed as a book with a love triangle, but I’d have to disagree because halfway through the book, you know who she ends up with, which I think is refreshing because I’m not a fan of angsty books. *cough* NA novels *cough* What I especially love about this book is the how majority of the novel is told in JJ’s late teens to early-20s, and a good chunk of the book takes place in college. (The only other YA book I’ve heard of that takes place in college is Fangirl and that book is adorable too 10/10 would recommend btw).
Another bonus are the quotes!!! They’re SO relatable. Here are a few of my favorites, which I relate to on a spiritual level hehe:
“College is so awesome! It’s really too bad they try to ruin it with classes!”
“Maybe I’ll just give up on boys. Okay, maybe not. I mean they’re just so cute!”
“How come a boy can be so stupid, but a Daddy, who actually used to be a BOY himself, can be so wonderful?”
Yeah, it’s a fun book.
Probably my only complaint about That Boy is the writing style. It seems a bit /too/ personal. I understand where the author is coming from by using this kind of voice, but personally, I’m not a huge fan of the overuse of exclamation points like this!!!!!! Hence, the 4 star rating. Nonetheless I throughly enjoyed this book, and I feel like it really encapsulated the emotions of a girl throughout her youth.