I recently discovered this amazing contemporary world created by Nyrae Dawn, and I am hooked!
What A Boy Wants follows male protagonist, Sebastion Haw...moreI recently discovered this amazing contemporary world created by Nyrae Dawn, and I am hooked!
What A Boy Wants follows male protagonist, Sebastion Hawkins. Sebastion is the Hook-up Doctor, an anonymous entrepreneur who gets paid to give advice on finally "hooking up" with that one person you want to be with. He doesn't believe in love, but is very successful at getting the girl. Now, he is also very good at giving advice to girls about what guys want and how to nab them.
This story follows him as he falls in love for the first time - with his best friend Aspen - and it gets awkward! That of course, makes the story fun for us ;)
I didn't know if I'd like Sebastion at first. He's very obnoxious and self-centered. However, I couldn't stop reading my kindle sample, and so I just had to go and get the rest. Well, I got hooked on the story, and Sebastion eventually learns and shares a lot with the reader about his life, explaining some of how he got to be the way he is. At the end of the story I just adored him.
Now, I must also mention the swearing and cliche guy friends play fights/ bantering. I thought that it might bother me, but the author had a way of evening everythng out so nothing was too much at once. I didn't feel bombarded with profanity nor annoyed at the guy stuff. It was just plain fun. I ended up actually smiling and laughing along with them, which is great!
I really liked What A Boy Wants and got so hooked I immediately dove into the second book, What A Boy Needs, which follows Sebastion's best friend Jaden. You'll be sure to see a lot more reviews for Nyrae Dawn books around here!
This is one of those series you'll want to look into if you like fun contemporaries. They are fun and short, easy to get into, and yet also had a lot of heart thrown in there as well!
From the moment I picked up Being Henry David to the moment I finished, I could not put it down. I did sleep, but it was very begru...moreWhat a page-turner!
From the moment I picked up Being Henry David to the moment I finished, I could not put it down. I did sleep, but it was very begrudgedly that I did so.
I fell in love with "Hank" almost immediately. I find that so often in young adult books when we get the story from a male perspective, there is often so much hate or cursing. That is the last thing I want to read! So when I find characters like Hank, I really treasure them.
Being Henry David is the story of a seventeen year old kid who wakes up one day in New York City with no idea who he is or how he got there. He's afraid to go to the police because of the feeling he has in his gut just by looking at them. So Hank is taken in by another street kid but bad things happen to him and he ends up running away.
The story is filled with so a big giant web-of-lies and I had trouble remembering what Hank told to who. I was so impressed by how the author held this part of the story together. I don't know how she wrote such a long book and managed to not get anything mixed up herself.
I found this book very familiar to Dead to You by Lisa McMann in that the mystery of finding out who the main character was in his past life - really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. There is so much that maybe Hank could know about if he'd just let himself remember but it's too hard for him to think about and nearly falls apart many times when he does. Several times he has breakdowns and it was just...incredibly moving.
I can't imagine being in Hank's situation. It's no wonder he finds comfort in Henry David Thoreau, the only thing he has left of his former life.
One of the best things about this book is finding out about such a classic author from a character like this, and in a story like this. Not only about his life, but so many of the words from his books, and the little things that maybe not everybody knows about.
I would have liked to see a little more happening with "Hank's" family at the end of the story. Everything came together a little bit too quickly for me there, but overall a definite recommendation from me. If you like stories about runaways, amnesia, and classics, then you should pick up this book!