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
5 Stars!! You ARE AWESOME Jaden and so is Nyrae Dawn!!
This follow-up book to What A Boy Wants, is a little darker in tone, but just as wonderful and appealing! Heartbreaking and heartwarming, it’s a beautiful journey about self-discovery, self-worth and friendship!
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 verb...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
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
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
What I learned....brok...more
Another FABULOUS guy POV.
A little deeper than What a Boy Wants, but it was SO fun to see Sebastian in action again.
Some great schmexy scenes.
LOVE the love story, and love what Jaden had to overcome.
Nyrae's awesome at creating some laugh out loud moments, some sweet moments, and some swoon worthy ones as well.
Well done :-D
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
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
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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Another sweet book by Nyrae Dawn. I just have to say right off the bat -- Nyrae can sure nail the teenage boy voice with her narrators. In What a Boy Needs Jaden gets to be the star as the first person narrator of the story, and he is a fun person to get to know in this story. And by fun I guess I really mean fascinating. Jaden is a boy who is the product of a completely sucky home environment. Is he abused? Not physically. But th...more
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
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
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
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
I read this all in one sitting, and I my heart hurt over how broken Jaden felt on the inside. I loved the message that was portrayed, how people shouldn't judge others because...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
I totally loved What a Boy Wants. Upon finishing I was so high on that book that I immediately purchased What a Boy Needs. I just had to have more and let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed.
This book is written in Jaden’s POV and takes place about a year after What a Boy Wants. You’ll find that What a Boy Wants is light and funny whereas What a Boy Needs is delivered in a more serious voice but written just as well.
Upon finishing this book I have only one...more
Thank you Nyrae for giving us Jay's story even if it did break my heart and leave me struggling to hold it together by the end. *cries all the tears*
I fell in love with Sebastian in What A Boy Wants but was also a HUGE fan of his smart ass BFF Jaden Sinclair. Jaden is cute, snarkilicious and the kind of guy whose always there for his friends no questions asked. His biggest flaw is not sharing his feelings with the people who love him. This is because his home life sucks and he's so be...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.”