Book Reviews: That Boy and That Wedding by Jillian Dodd

Blurb:

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.

My review:

This was such a sweet book! Dodd did a great job building the friendships between Jadyn, Danny, and Phillip, and even between their parents. I also love the way you’re kept wondering who Jadyn will end up with. Even the blurb for the second book, That Wedding, doesn’t give anything away. There are some very emotional moments and this isn’t really a light read, although it does contain plenty of humor.

I tagged this one YA, because although there is some mention of sex, it’s still teen-safe.

About the book:

Title: That Boy (Volume 1)
Author: Jillian Dodd
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Release date: July 25, 2012
Pages: 302
Where I got the book: I won it

Blurb:

The gorgeous engagement ring on my finger mimics my happiness. I feel so sparkly, glittery, and full of promise, because I absolutely know he’s that boy. The boy I want to marry. My prince. My happily ever after. But then our pastor starts asking lots of questions. His parents say I haven’t dealt with my past.  I have horrible wedding disaster dreams. I can’t find the perfect dress. I have to manipulate him to get my way. An old boyfriend asks me to run away with him. My best friend says I’m going to ruin everything. And forever starts to sound like a really long time. Which totally freaks me out and makes me question everything I know. Should best friends get married?  Will my past affect our relationship? Are my horrible dreams a warning? Will I ever find a dress? Could his sexiness be clouding my judgment? Am I going to ruin everything? Or is it just a case of cold feet? And then I have to decide. Am I willing to give up on true love forever, or am I going to listen to my heart and marry him?

My review:

I’m not even sure I was reading about the same Jadyn from That Boy. The first Jadyn was fun and someone I’d love to be friends with. The second Jadyn was a whiny, selfish, manipulative brat. She treated her man like dirt and he just kept putting up with it. He probably should have been a little more patient and let her grow up a bit more. Twenty-two is pretty young to be married, especially in her circumstances. I just wanted her fiance to either quit falling for blatant manipulation or tell her to take a hike or SOMETHING. I understand he loves her and he’s loved her forever and all that, but at some point, you have to stand up for yourself. Gah. I loved the first book, but this one drove me crazy.

And while there is no actual sex in this book, there is a LOT of talk about sex and some very heavy flirting. I would not recommend this book for younger teens unless a parent reads it first.

About the book:
Title: That Wedding (Volume 2)
Author: Jillian Dodd
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Release date: July 26, 2012
Pages: 356
Where I got the book: I won it.

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