The Boyfriend League

The Boyfriend League

by Rachel Hawthorne


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ISBN-13: 9780061138379
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2007
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 259,507
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Hawthorne believes in happy endings and adopting older rescue dogs. She also writes as New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath and as J. A. London with her son, Alex. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and is presently spoiling a pooch named Jake.

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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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J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
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!
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.
I couldn't to get to the end fast enough to see who she choose!!!
I would recommned this book to any of my friends! If you haven't read it yet, go read it!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dani loves baseball with a passion. Quite possibly the only thing she likes more is boys and this summer she has the opportunity to combine the two for a few months of extra excitement. When the Ragland Rattlers Collegiate Baseball team posts in the local paper that they need host families for the players, Dani and her best friend Bird start scheming. If they can convince their parents to be host families to some of the players, they'd have an "in" with the team and a way to meet lots of cute boys, and find themselves a summer boyfriend in the process. The entire cast of characters is fun to meet. Tiffany the beauty princess seems so shallow initially, but as Dani learns more about her sister, she realizes there is a lot brewing beneath the pretty face, and Dani is quite surprised at what she learns. Bird is the perfect Laurel to Dani's Hardy as these two get into one great caper after the next. Then there are Dani's parents, the kind-hearted mother who never cooks if she can help it to the sports loving Dad who lavishes attention on Dani and loves spending time playing catch in the back yard. Then of course... there are the guys. Shy quiet Jason who is attracted to Dani but tries to hide it, flirty Mac who likes kissing Dani but not doing much else with her, to Brandon who is wrapped around Bird's finger from the get-go.  I absolutely love this book. After reading this book I dreamed of a summer romance like Jason and Dani's. Love this author and will buy the rest in her collection.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Americangirl10 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute read..... My 13 yr old loved it, very age appropriate and swoony...... LOVETOREAD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
thekaisu on LibraryThing 27 days ago
3.5 starsA nice read.I can't really say its the best, but it wasn't that bad.At first, the idea of just doing this and that for boys made me think that the book would be really shallow and would just be about Dani trying to make a fool out of herself looking for a boyfriend, but its not really. I hanged on, reading and wanting to know what would happen between her and Jason.I really want to shake her to death because she's really thinking about Mac. And I somehow feel bad for Bird because she can't really see beyond Brandon's hottie face when he really is a good for nothing dude. They don't even end up together, in the end he was just the "summer boyfriend". But they love each other, so I'm moving on.I felt so sad for Jason, and it really got me when Bird described the way he looks at Dani like "she's something he cannot have". But when it worked out and he moved out for the sake of his sanity because he couldn't possibly keep his hands off Dani, I thought "now that's a great guy there!".I felt like it kind of dragged out in the end, but I'm glad it ended the way it did.
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This book rocks
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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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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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My fav of hawthorne's
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The most suspenceful book