JILLIAN DODD is the author of two YA novels that are not just for the young, but the young at heart. Jillian’s novels, That Boy and the sequel, The Wedding have been on the Amazon Best-Seller list for the past five months, and for good reason – they are out and out fun to read. For me, That Boy was a trip through memory land, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
IN THAT BOY, Jadyn Reynolds, narrator of the story, tells us…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.
IN THE WORDS OF AUTHOR JILLIAN DODD…
Bette asked me to tell you all about what inspired me to write this book. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to answer that question. There was nothing that inspired me to write the book. I had some very vivid dreams that I wrote down that became the core of the story. And although I’ve always loved to read, I never dreamed of being an author. But I had to finish their story. I had to know what happened to them. Once the story was done, I loved it so much, I wanted to share it.
Now I realize the reason I felt compelled to share it was love. That Boy is a modern day fairytale. I wanted young girls to realize that you don’t have to be the prettiest or the smartest or the most popular to find true love. Sometimes you just have to look at what’s around you. Really open your eyes. Stop being afraid of love and open yourself up to it. To open yourself up to both heartbreak and love. That Boy is the story of a typical girl. She’s a bit of a tomboy, lives in a small Nebraska town, and gets along pretty well with her parents. She’s funny, athletic, and a bit sarcastic. But the story is about her relationship with her two best friends. The boys who live next door. One of them is her prince. Her very own fairytale. Her happily ever after. The theme of this book is love. Love for your parents, love for your friends, and love for the guy that makes your stomach do flips every time he’s around you. You get to experience all aspects of love in this book. How crazy you feel when you think you’re losing your best friend. The feelings of betrayal when a boyfriend cheats on you. The incredible empty hole left in your heart when you lose someone you love. How having a friend give your hand a little squeeze can give you the strength to get through just about anything. How sometimes love means letting someone go, and how sometimes love means letting go of yourself. So what inspired me to publish That Boy? In one word, love.
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