What a Boy Needs (What a Boy Wants #2)
Jaden Sinclair knows he'll never amount to anything...so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza?
Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it's his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, bu...more
Nyrae, you have just joined my favorite writers list!!
My Thoughts After reading:
This book was fun and heartwarming. I was mesmerized from the beggining of the book -we know how is it that Nyrae can reflect so easily what a friendship that turnes into love feels like given that she married one of his high school friends- The only thing that I didn't like too muc...more
The end of senior year is approaching and Jaden Sinclair feels like he's stuck. All of his friends are getting ready to head off to college in New York and Jaden was originally supposed to go, but his college plans didn't work out and he doesn't have the money to last long in New York. Then to m...more
The romance was also on the steamier side, which I suppose fit with the more serious tone. What A Boy Wants was essentially clean, besides language, but this book isn't. (Just a note there for any readers who are concerned with content.)
Overall, I'm just really impressed with Nyrae Dawn, and I'm not sur...more
What Jaden needs is to know that he is loved. Oh and he is, by so many people, but not by the two people who should love him unconditionally, the love he craves, the love he NEEDS! Jaden is the unfortunate target of his father’s ver...more
I can't write a coherent review right now (you know it always happens when I get emotional over a book;)), but I loved it! Jay's story was beautiful and heartbreaking and powerful and sweet and inspiring and funny at times (I could go on and on here)... I may or may not have cried there at the end and I may or may not be super jealous of these four friends relationship and I may or may not have felt like calling my high school friends...more
5 HUGE STARS!!!! What a Boy Needs was just what this reader needed!! Wow, this book was just amazing! What a Boy Needs is a heart wrenching story about a journey of self-discovery and self-worth. As I read this follow-up book to What a Boy Wants, my heart broke for Jaden. This book definitely had a darker tone to it, but it was just as amazing and appealing as What a Boy Wants. I couldn’t get enough of both books, and the amazing characters they each held inside.
Jaden grew up in a house full of...more
What really grabbed at me was Jaden's struggle of always thinking that he wasn't worth anything and his friends being there with him even when Jaden didn't think he wanted it. Their unyielding support was amazing, especially Pris's. She was kick-ass, she knew what she wanted and even though her parents gave her crap, she made a life of her own and knew who she wanted to be. Jaden had more to go through but he...more
Nyrae Dawn is such a natural writer. Can't wait to read more of her books!
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Though I am not a teenage boy I imagine that Nyrae Dawn has hit the nail on the head. Both this & What a Boy Wants seem very authentic.
Where "Wants" was a bit lighter & I laughed out loud at Bastian's antic's this one just about broke my heart. Jaden has an awful time of it at home & I was soooooooo angry with his mum.
But him Pris where so perfect together and I loved getting more Bastian & Aspen in the background.
For anyone who enjoys a good angsty Y...more
Edit: Ok, I read it, and it was really good! I think I like Jaden better than Sebastian xD Maybe I just have a thing for tortured characters, lol. Oh, and about my earlier statement above, ***MAJOR SPOILER*** (view spoiler)[My hopes have come true <3 (hide spoiler)]
One of the songs I listened to while reading it: Yours to Hold by Skillet.
OMG! I loved this book! It made me cry, laugh, cry some more, and then end up in a really happy place!
I really liked Sebastian in What A Boy Wants but I loved Jaden more in What A Boy Needs! There were so many times during this book where I just wanted to reach in and give him a huuuuge hug.
The story starts with Jaden having to deal with Pris,...more
Okay, so after finishing “What a Boy Wants” and seeing that there was a second book…I was not totally sure I was interested in reading it. I am SO glad I did! This book was great, I was totally immersed and did not want to put it down. It was also a quick read, but I really felt so much more for Jaden in this book then I did Sebastian in the first. Jaden is essentially verbally abused by his dad on a regular basis and he has begun to believe that he is just as worthless as his dad want...more
What I learned....brok...more
Nyrae Dawn knows how to write boys, and write boys well. With Bastian, and now with Jaden, I’m so impressed with how she can get inside their heads and make them convincingly all-boy, but also give them a layer of vulnerability and real emotion. Where Bastian is amusing, clueless, and hilariously adorable, there’s a more serious, emotionally scarred, tormented side to Jaden that I just gravitate toward. His home life less than ideal, Jaden has grown up enduring years of heavy emotiona...more
In this book Jayden is the star, and deservedly so. We got hints about his situation in What a Boy Wants, but he was overshadowed by the exuberant, larger-than-life-but-we-love-him Sebastian. We learn Jayden (sadly) comes from an abusive home. His step father verbally assaults him while his mother watches. As if that isn’t heart wrenching enough it gets worse, and with such...more
I didn't even bother putting this book on my 'currently reading' shelf. I simply devoured it! I loved Bastian's story but I adored Jaden's! He's a totally clueless guy - not suave and a pro like Bastian (or so Bastian thought!) - and his mind set is so sad most of the time but he's so endearing that you can't help but keep reading to find out what happens! I won't spoil things but his mom is a total sh*t and should not have been allowed to reproduce. She doesn't have a maternal bone in her body...more
Faced with a father figure who belittled him, a mother who wasn't there in the way he needed her to be left Jaden unsure of himself. Through the friendship he shares with Bastian, Aspen, and Pri...more
Thank goodness that this isn't one of those series where you HAVE to rea...more
Jaden has never felt wanted or loved by his parents. His father always telling him he is worthless and doesn't deserve anyone. The one problem is that Jaden begins to believe this. He has feelings for his Best friend Pris, that go beyond friendship. But he doesn't feel that he is worthy of her and therefore hides...more
I just got confused at one part because there was someone named Phil mentioned and I think it was just...more
After weening through a pile of crap for the past week I finally found a book that I was able to enjoy.
This book was written in first person from Jaden's point of view. I think the author did an amazing job writing from a boy's perspective.
18 year old Jaden had a rough home life: His mother ditched him for an abusive boyfriend, his father verbally abused and neglected him his whole life, and...more
Quiero decir... realmente ¡Lo amo!
Cuando leí What a boy wants me pareció un personaje carismático y cuando vi la química que existía entre él y Pris no podía esperar por este libro que supero mis expectativas con creces.
Me fascinó conocer a Jaden. Sufrí por todo lo que sus muy amorosos padres le hacían... y me mataba que pensara que no era suficiente para Pris. ¿No les encanta toparse con un personaje que cree que la chica es demasiado buena para él?
Jaden no sólo lo cree, está compl...more
Darker than What a Boy Wants, this story follows Jaden as he and his friends wrap up their senior year and get ready to head to NYC for college. However, Jaden's dealing with some ugly stuff at home and as he watches his friends prepare for their future, he is questioning his own....more
This story plays out a little differently than What a Boy Wants as it has more serious undertones to it. So, no sugar pops and angels (or butterflies and faeries for that matter) in this book. Jaden's life has not been easy to say the least. I love the journey of self-discovery that we go through with him. In the first book we catch glimpses of a sort of seriousness to Jaden and this is most d...more
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I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.
I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.
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I like it when she catches me.
But last summer, she stopped chasing. It sucks.”