The Boyfriend League [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Ragland Rattlers

$1 Night

$1 baseball cap with home team logo
$1 program
$1 hot dogs
$1 drinks
$1 popcorn

But how much to get the hot pitcher to notice you exist?

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The Boyfriend League

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Overview

The Ragland Rattlers

$1 Night

$1 baseball cap with home team logo
$1 program
$1 hot dogs
$1 drinks
$1 popcorn

But how much to get the hot pitcher to notice you exist?

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756313
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 76,525
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 642 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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The Boyfriend League

Chapter One

Families Needed to Provide Homes for Rattlers

For anyone not familiar with Ragland, Texas, the front-page headline in that morning's Ragland Tribune may have seemed odd. But I'd lived in Ragland since the day I was born. I couldn't think of anything more exciting than living with a Rattler.

It was Thursday morning, and I'd grabbed the newspaper to check out my weekly column, "Runyon's Sideline Review," because it was always a rush to see my byline. But as I sat at the breakfast table, before I'd turned to the sports section where my column usually appeared, the headline had snagged my attention and the possibilities bombarded me.

I absolutely couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it before. Having a Rattler in the house would be awesome!

Okay, I don't mean the slithering-along-the-ground-tail-rattling-in-ominous-warning rattler. I mean the sexy, hot, to-die-for players on our town's collegiate baseball team. As part of the Lonestar League, the Ragland Rattlers was one of nine city teams in the north Texas area made up of college players who wanted to play baseball during the summer. Local families hosted the team players.

Apparently this year, they were a few families short. And what better family than mine?

I heard a car honk and knew it was my ride to the softball field. My best friend and I both played on the high school softball team, but during the summer we just played whenever we had time to arrange a game with friends, which wasn't very often. Between attending the major- and minor-league games played in the area, plus being almost-groupies to thecollegiate league, we didn't have a lot of time to commit to organized sports of our own.

I mean, if the choice was playing on a field with girls or watching a field of guys, Bird and I were going to choose the guys every time.

Her real name is Barbara Sawyer, but when she was a baby, her dad had thought she looked like a tiny bird, always chirping for food, and so he started calling her Birdie, which, over time, became Bird. Sometimes you gotta wonder what parents are thinking when they name or nickname their kids.

My own dad, I knew exactly what he'd been thinking when I was born. He wanted a boy. Instead he got me. Definitely a girl.

A year before I came along, my mom had given him another daughter, Tiffany, and Mom figured two kids were more than enough, especially since she wasn't a stay-at-home mom. We were a two-income family with a two-income lifestyle. Mom worked as a legal secretary in a prestigious Dallas law firm about thirty miles south of Ragland.

Anyway, Dad decided if he wasn't going to have a son, he could at least have a son-sounding name in the family. Hence, my parents named me Danielle, which of course got shortened to Dani.

But it all worked out. I love my dad, and we're really close. He always took me fishing, taught me to play baseball, and gave me loads of his time. He's a sports fanatic. Whenever he says, "Let's go out to eat," we know we'll be going to a sports bar to watch NASCAR, baseball, football, basketball, and golf simultaneously on the plasma TVs hanging throughout the place.

Connecting with my dad has always meant connecting with sports. Over time, I've gained an appreciation for all sports. In fact, I plan to major in journalism when I go off to college in another year. I want to be a sports announcer.

Bird, however, insists that my desire for a career in sports reporting has nothing to do with my love of sports. "It's your other love: guys. You want to know what really goes on in the locker room, and you want to get up close and personal with those towel-wrapped hotties."

Her theory is a lot closer to the truth than I like to admit, because it makes me seem less than noble in my pursuit of a higher education.

My sister has no love of sports, but she tolerates the sports bars because most have a nice salad selection, and she watches what she eats the way I watch Lost, searching for all the hidden clues, only she's searching for hidden calories.

Mom dotes on Tiffany, beautiful Tiffany, who's been named Miss Teen Ragland three years in a row and spends way too much time polishing her tiara.

Not that I'm jealous of Tiffany or anything, but sometimes, when so many guys are hanging around her and ignoring me, it's hard not to feel like the ugly duckling.

Bird honked again. She has her own car. I share one with Tiffany, but she'd already called it for the day. Actually, she'd called it pretty much for the entire summer, and since she had "obligations," I was used to her getting what she wanted. Especially guys. I basically carry a mop to clean up their drool whenever she's around.

Did I mention my sister is gorgeous? Gaggingly so.

I picked up my softball cap from the table, settled it on my head, and pulled my reddish-brown shoulder-length hair, which I was presently wearing in a ponytail, through the opening in the back. Tiffany has thick, lustrous, amazing hair that's more red than brown, but not red enough that anyone would call her Red. It's glorious.

While mine tends to just . . . hang. Which is the reason I usually wear it pulled back.

I grabbed my glove off the counter and headed out the door. It was the first official week of summer, the first week of no homework, no classes, no schedules, no bells. I was in heaven.

There are only two things I like as much as I like summer: baseball and boys.

Not necessarily in that order. But baseball has always been an important part of my life. Boys not nearly as much. I've . . .

The Boyfriend League. Copyright © by Rachel Hawthorne. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    A Good Read!

    I don't really read books like this (I read books like Twilight, Marked, Blue is for nightmares.) So I was suprised that I really liked it.(I call books like this 'romantice comedy books'. I could not put this book down for a minuet!<BR/>The is about a girl named Dani. All Dani wants for the summer is a boyfriend. Dani gets more than she wants when she meets Jason and Mac. <BR/>I couldn't to get to the end fast enough to see who she choose!!!<BR/>I would recommned this book to any of my friends! If you haven't read it yet, go read it!!! :)

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    1 DAY READ NOT EVEN

    this was the most absolute best book I have ever read. I literally read this in like under a day and didn't do my homework because I could not put it down. You have to buy it's a must

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie, and... a Summer Romance?

    Dani, an average teenager girl, has always had two loves - baseball and boys. Her two loves can finally come together when her family decides to host a player from their town's collegiate baseball team. Looking for a summer romance, Dani cannot wait to meet all the players and scope at the "hotties". She and her best friend have planned to spend the whole summer at the fields and with all the players, and hopefully some more time with certain players. I think this story is a fun and new way to tell of the ups and downs of a summer romance that will captive the hearts of many. I highly recommend this book to all who love a good romance and especially those who love baseball, too.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    This book was freakin' awesome!!! :]

    If you like romantic comedy's pick up this book on your next trip to Barnes and Noble. Yeah there's a lot of romantic scences but a few really funny one's too because there living under the same roof!!! Like when Jason walks in on Dani taking a bath. Funny!!! And when they snuggle close in the TV room. Romantic!!! i <3 this book! :]

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    outstanding

    This was a great book loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    Must read book

    This book is one of the best books ever. The chemistry is all there and you can also feel the sparks! Rachel Hawthorne's books, especially this one really has everything that a girl loves. It makes you feel dreamy and you can't put down the book. Any girl will love this book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    YardieBookFamatic

    Very cute read..... My 13 yr old loved it, very age appropriate and swoony......

    LOVETOREAD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Awesome!

    I started reading this and could not put it down! Its one of those books that makes u laugh outloud. Such a cute love story, the whole time u can predict how it ends, but u dont care u just want to keep reading anyways because its just soooooo good. Overall its a quick, fun read that i highly recomend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book was amazing. I literally just put it down after reading it all day. I just couldnt put it down. It was the perfect mix of baseball (which I LOVE), romance, and teenage life. GREAT READ!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Goood boook

    This book rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    .

    I'm 14 and i loved this book!! It was so cute. Its one of those books where you wish it would happen to you. Like having a baseball player live with you, and falling for each other. I couldnt put it down either. I seriously finished it in like 5 hours. Must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    A reviewer.

    It was a really good book and it was well thought out. The only thing that I did not like about it was the fact that it got off to a really slow start. By the middle of the book I could pretty much guess what was going to happen.
    Reviewed by: Kaitlyn Reed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Awesome

    My fav of hawthorne's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Grifter's Bio

    *NOTE: Is part of the DC Universe, just isn't well known.* REAL NAME: Cole Cash - STATUS: Most wanted man of the DC Universe - POWERS: Can detect non-human creatures hidden in human form, is seen as a serial killer for the intense hunting and extermination of these creatures, can create blasts of energy that rip through anything, can suck the life and energy from any living thing. - WEAPONS: Two M1911 pistols loaded with silver bullets washed in holy water, silver combat knife washed in holy water - APPEARANCE: Black jeans, black combat boots, leather straps around the legs, black shirt, tan blastproof/bulletproof military issue vest over the shirt, black gloves with the fingers cut off, face is hidden by a red cloth mask that goes up to the hairline and drapes down to the neck with 2 black streaks going down either side of the mask over the eyes, semi-long dirty blonde hair - ENEMIES: unhuman creatures of disguise, evil spirits, the undead - QUALITIES: Rich, a sweet-talker, extremely dangerous - PARTNERSHIPS: None.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    these boots were made for walking These boots were made for walking

    The most suspenceful book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Amazing!

    AMAZING!!!!!! I FELT LIKE I WAS DANI THE WHOLE TIME!!! BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!! SO WORTH IT!!!!!! (169 pages)

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I read this book when I was in my early 20's and fell in love wi

    I read this book when I was in my early 20's and fell in love with it and I just reread it. For me, it brought back many fond memories of working the summers growing up at a minor league baseball park near my home. As a matter of fact, I saw alot of myself and my friends in the main character, Dani. The author captured exactly what it was like to work at a baseball stadium, from everything to the sights, sounds, to the friendships and the crushes (all of us girls wanted to date the baseball players:) Very believable and shows beautifully the angst and excitement that comes along with teenage love. It remains one of my favorite books all these years later. It is light reading and a serious reader could get through it in a day. I highly recommend all of Rachel Hawthorne's books(I read those too--mostly as an adult) and Catherine Clark's as well. They are light reads, fun, but hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Anomus

    This book is amazing idk it makes you feel happy when u read it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Love

    One of the best romantic comedies I've read in awhile. I've reread this book a few times and it seems to get better each time! Amazing!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Anonymous

    I really loved this book. The characters and plot line were very easy to follow and had good unexpected turns in the book. Excellent light romance for a warm summers day!

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