What A Boy Needs [NOOK Book]

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A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

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 ...
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Overview

A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

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, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris.

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives...and he knows he can't keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they've been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden's friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn't find out what a train wreck he really is.

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he's ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Contains sexual situations and language.
55k words
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014792141
  • Publisher: Nyrae Dawn
  • Publication date: 6/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 106,095
  • File size: 133 KB

Meet the Author

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    5

    I loved Jaden's story. What a heartbreaker! And even though their stories feel complete, I hope we hear more from Sebastian, jaden, aspen, and pris. I freakin' love these characters. Maybe the author could age the boys and make the stories' what a man wants' and 'what a man needs'. Just a suggestion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Loved it!

    While I enjoyed What a Boy Wants.....I loved What a Boy Needs. Jaden's journey is painful, you will cry, but you will also remember love and how it can heal everything.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    My Summary: They have always been friends - a group of four tha

    My Summary:

    They have always been friends - a group of four that stuck together through all the craziness that is High School. But Sebastian, Aspen and Priscilla are going somewhere with their life and Jaden....well isn't. Constantly reminded by his father that he's a no good nothing that will bring his friends down, he knows he shouldn't want to be with Priscilla, but he does. He's steered their relationship away from anything but friendship and probably ruined that as a result. Ever since Sebastian and Aspen got together, things have been.... difficult with him and Pris. But they're going off to college and the way his life is going, he's not. So why make things hard on himself? But he can't resist the one last hooray of going on the New York trip with his friends even it means leaving them at the end. When the trip is over, will he be strong enough to go for what he needs?

    My Thoughts:

    5 stars - Totally taken by my Jay-love

    Okay, here are the deets on Jaden. He's a tortured hunk that is so in love with Priscilla that it's adorable. She's dating this other guy and he really doesn't do jealous very well. HeeHee. Anyway, he has some secret demons that are haunting him and he's convinced himself, with the help of his no good dirty rotten so called father, that he's worthless. Add to this the wonderfully fun personalities of Sebastian and Aspen who are clearly still head over heels in love with each other, and Priscilla who has a few secrets of her own and what do you have? That my wonderful peeps is the recipe for a fabulously funny and heart wrenching love story. Loved the pace, the plot, the twists along the way, and most of all the characters!!! You will absolutely NEED to read this one if you read What a Boy Wants and if you haven't read Sebastian's tale, then come on peeps get on it!!!!

    For your enjoyment, I have a few lines for you!!

    "Didn't we make a no nudity rule at the beginning of this? If not, we should have. I don't want to see Sebastian's white butt."

    "Hey! I have a nice ass! Don't I, baby?" Aspen rolls her eyes.

    "Dude, you're the only guy I know who would say that."

    That's because I don't care what people think."

    "Word." I say because he doesn't....and I don't either. Page 90 of ARC

    Okay the word thing is so fun!!! Must read to understand.

    This one is a MUST! It is too funny to pass up.

    Luckily, I see the girls coming to save me from Sebastian and anymore questions that I don't want to answer. They head to the back of the Explorer and I get an idea. I elbow Bastian who looks at me funny, but waits to see what I'm going to do. We keep facing the front. Once they finish getting whatever they needed, I hear the rear door close, I hit the button to make it pop open. One of the girls grabs it and closes it again. The second it clicks, I hit the open button again.

    "What the heck?" I hear Aspen say. I can see Bastian biting his cheek so he doesn't laugh.

    "Do it hard. Maybe you have to slam it?" Priscilla replies to her.

    This time when they close it, it practically vibrates the Explorer they slam it so hard and my finger jabs the button making it pop open again.

    "Jaden!" Priscilla yells, finally figuring out what's going on. "You dork!"

    By now Bastian and I are rolling in the backseat we're laughing so hard. I have no idea how she knew it was me and not him, but it's funny as hell.

    "Do it hard!" I toss back at her which makes Bastian start to laugh even harder. Page 54 of ARC

    Catching why I love this book so much. I laughed a lot but I also cried for the pain Jaden was going through. I wanted to kick some behind with this parents - wow is all I can say about them. I also loved the incredible friendship and love that this story holds.

    It's for sure a must read. Check it out peeps.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    What a Boy Needs

    So good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Recently, I read a great book, WHAT A BOY WANTS (my review). I i

    Recently, I read a great book, WHAT A BOY WANTS (my review). I immediately fell in love with the story, the characters, and author Nyrae Dawn's ability to tell a great story and feel so much for her characters. So you can imagine how happy I was when I learned Nyrae was writing a companion book from Jaden's point of view, WHAT A BOY NEEDS. I received an advanced copy of this book and dove in whole-heartedly. I was thrilled to revisit the gang and to learn more about Jaden.

    What I learned....broke my heart. Jaden's home life is so devastating. There were hints that things weren't good in WaBW. But to actually face it was wrenching. This poor, sweet boy who appears to be carefree and always up for a good time, he endures so much. The constant onslaught of verbal abuse, being told he's nothing, a mistake; it starts to play with Jaden's mind and causes him to lose himself. He begins to believe he's not good enough for Bastian, Aspen, and Pris.

    Pris. She has loved Jaden for so long. But he didn't see her that way. Then, we he finally did, Jaden didn't think he was worthy of her love. It's easy to see why Jaden is so in love with Priscilla. The girl is straight-up intense. She's funny, fiercely loyal, strong, and does not care that her family has more money than sense. The girl who appears to have it all, is lacking the one thing she wants the most: someone to love her and put her first. She wants Jaden. Wants him to be open and trust her. Jaden loves her, but can't open up. Their struggle towards one another is intense and beautiful. And what I love about Nyrae Dawn's storytelling is that she uses the "quiet" moments to as much effect as the big gestures. The little things, like knowing which eyebrow ring they would like best, or making sure the person you love gets the right drink (Cherry Pepsi, sigh...), those are the pieces of the puzzle that make a great love.

    So yeah, WHAT A BOY NEEDS is intense and dramatic. But it is also laugh-out-loud, hysterically funny. Exactly what you expect when Jaden and Bastian get together. Gah. I love those boys. I'm not going to spoil it, because I honestly busted out laughing while reading it, but GRADUATION!! (I'm looking at you Autumn and Val!) Another big moment was packing the car. (DO IT HARDER!) I've seriously been tweeting that line to Autumn a lot. Classic.

    I am so happy with WHAT A BOY NEEDS. I cried for at least thirty minutes after I'd finished. I was sad for Jaden's past, but hopeful for his future. I was sad that the story was over, yet thrilled beyond belief with how it ended. The story comes to a full, beautifully written circle. A true treasure that I will not soon forget. I loved WHAT A BOY WANTS so much. I loved Bastian and Aspen. I still love that story. It was funny and heart-warming. Believe it or not, I think I may love WHAT A BOY NEEDS even more. Just do me a favor and don't tell Bastian, okay?


    Favorite Quote:

    I chose two quotes; one funny, one heartbreaking.

    " 'First of all, you're nuts. I'm way hotter than you and second, I'm being serious, man. We're like, Batman and Robin. Scooby and Shaggy. Acutally, none of those duos have sh*t on us. We're Sebastian and Jaden.' " (pg 36, eARC)

    "Before he fell for Aspen, Sebastian didn't believe in love. I always wanted to - I just didn't know if I was worthy of it. But when she says it? This girl who can do anything? It's like a law. If she can love me, I must be worth something, right?" (page 124, eARC)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

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    OhMyJaden!

    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 beaten down by the those who are supposed to love him unconditionally. \m/ *punches them in the face* Things get worse the closer it gets to Graduation and as a result, Jay ends up in jail which jeopardizes the road trip to NYC he and his friends have been looking forward to all year.

    Jaden seems to be spiraling out of control and his only hope are his lifelong friends, Sebastian, Aspen and Priscilla. Things between the foursome are strained at best because of all that went down last summer when Sebastian and Aspen finally got together and Jaden rejected Pris. The kicker is Jaden loves Pris and wants nothing more than to be with her but he doesn't feel like he's good enough. In fact, he's beginning to doubt he's good enough for any of his friends anymore. *hugs Jay*

    As they set off for NYC, Jay does his best to enjoy the time he has left with his friends but his inner demons just won't let up and when it all comes to head he'll have to choose between what's real and the lies he's believed all his life. His choice could mean the difference between a new beginning full of hope and love or pushing away the very people he needs the most.

    Jaden's story absolutely broke my heart and I wanted to smack the people in his life who'd hurt him. His story is also one of strength and the courage to stand up for what's right. Family isn't always about blood or who raises us even, it's about the people in your life who really see you and who love you no matter what.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    I started this book as soon as I ended 'What a Boy Wants' and wa

    I started this book as soon as I ended 'What a Boy Wants' and was so thankful that I purchased them at the same time so I wouldn't have to wait. I really loved both books. I loved reading from the perspective of the guy. Almost all of the books I have read are from the girl's perspective; and it just feels sweeter somehow when it is the guy going crazy trying to figure everything out about getting the girl. I loved that Sebastian and Jaden are both so confident, but vulnerable at the same time. I loved how both couples have loved each other since very young ages and how the four of them take care of each other. I just can't say enough about these books...I just loved them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Please!!!!

    Lend it to me!!! My email is tammy roberts wic @ yahoo .com PLEASE!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    *sigh*

    Love it. Nuff said ;-P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Love this book

    I love this book even though its 124 pages but is a touching story how pain someone could keep to themself. This book shows true love could afgect the person and dont want to see them got through pain.LOVE THIS BOOK

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    There's nothing I like better than a good companion novel to a g

    There's nothing I like better than a good companion novel to a great book. 'What A Boy Needs' was exactly that. It was fascinating to revisit Sebastian, Aspen, Pris and Jaden - especially through Jaden's eyes.

    In this story, we see how Sebastian and Aspen are getting on, but we also learn more about Jaden and Pris. I got to see them fight for their relationship when both of them were going through some major family issues. I really love how Nyrae Dawn makes her characters relatable. Jaden has on-going problems with his mom and dad, while struggling to find any value in himself because his self-esteem had been trampled on all through the years. So much so, that he didn't think he was good enough for someone who was crazy about him.

    My heart bled while I read this book. Seeing Jaden struggle against his weak mother and abusive father made me want to hug him tight and tell him everything was going to be alright.

    Priscilla was a tower of strength in this book. She never gave up her dream of being with him, but knew she had to move on. It was during the road trip that she teased and tormented Jaden into opening up more. She wouldn't leave him close up into himself like a clam even though he wanted to. She had her own problems though.

    I thought the story line - that of a road trip was fairly good. I love a good road trip and a lot of things can happen when you're confined in a small space like a car. There was plenty of drama, the occasional fight and then some making up in this book. But, they also grew into their skins during it.

    This book wasn't as light and fluffy as its predecessor, but it was still good. I think I went into this book thinking it would be as funny as I had found the last one, but it wasn't. This book was more dramatic. I actually had to allow myself time to write this review, because I didn't want the disappointment of feeling it wasn't as good as the first one to reflect in what I wrote. It was as good, but in a completely different way.

    And, I was pleased with the ending.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loved 'What A Boy Wants' and anyone who likes fun and drama all rolled up into one great novel.

    Book Review from Sandy at Magical Manuscripts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Ok I entered this story after reading the first, "What a Bo

    Ok I entered this story after reading the first, "What a Boy
    Wants". I expected the light beach read I received with Sebastian.
    I sooo didn't get it. Instead I got a direct line into what teens
    everywhere NEED to know- What every PERSON needs to know- How powerful
    words can truly be! This is an amazing insight into what people with
    serious self confidence and self esteem issues got through. INCREDIBLY
    well told. Are there a couple of typos? Yeah like two- I have found them
    in some of the best sellers as well, so if you are ONLY looking at that,
    fine, maybe not a 5 star- but the STORY---- THE STORY is a MUST READ!!!!
    This author is killer when it comes to deep- she knows how to go there
    and still keep the reader out of the, "BOORRREEDD" section of
    the theater. The reader isn't bored with this book- ever. FANTASTIC
    STORY- I can't stress enough- if you have kids, read it to keep from
    ever talking harsh to them- if you are a teen- read it to know you ARE
    WORTH IT!

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    Another FABULOUS guy POV. A little deeper than What a Boy Wants


    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

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    After gobbling up the first book, I need I had to read the secon

    After gobbling up the first book, I need I had to read the second right after. Which, I did. LOL. This book is just as good as the first, even better, yet darker. Jaden intrigued with his quite nature in the first book. Sure he was there, but he wasn't there. You get what I mean? I could tell he is hiding something and I definitely needed to know what is up.

    As much as I love Sebastain, I have to admit that Jaden is my favorite. Jaden has some deep demons that he is fighting. Broken and hurt, Jaden faces this trouble everyday. Have you or anyone you know, been verbally abused? To be told everyday that you are worthless. That you will own up to nothing. That your friends aren't really your friends. Jaden goes through that everyday. And it follows him. In his mind, Jaden is fighting a very hard battle that has kept secret for years. Jaden strenghth to stand up, to fight for himself, leaves me breathless. He is an amazing guy!!!

    The love interest is worth the wait as well as enduring. After fighting for so long, Jaden feels like he doesn't deserve anyone. Even if it is right before his eyes. He is loosing time and must quickly decide if he is going to let this take over him or choose to go the other way. This part of the book is heartbreaking yet the best part. The battle happening right before the readers eyes, you can't help but get invested in the characters. You root him on. You chant," YES! Keep going. Ignore that thought." I don't even remember all the words I muttered under my breathe, but I was totally into the story and not coming out till Jaden won.

    What A Boy Needs is an amazing companion! Nothing like the first book, Ms. Dawn takes the reader on a dark path that consumes your every thought. Beautifully woven into a tale of heart-break and love, What A Boys Needs is exhilarating!

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    A Worthy Sequel to What a Boy Wants

    I’ll just come out and say it. What a Boy Needs was another great read. Not sure if I liked it more or less, or the same as What a Boy Wants. I do know I liked the beginning a lot… a lot more than What a Boy Wants, which is saying a lot, because I liked the beginning of What a Boy Wants A WHOLE LOT! The middle maybe about the same and the ending a little less. Still all around good and 5 stars.

    So now that I’ve ruined the surprised, what exactly did I like about What a Boy Needs?

    The Boy Jay: “Fake it till you make it” seemed to be his motto. The words he verbalized were so different from what he truly felt inside. My heart broke for him. I know what it’s like to put on a smile when downer emotions are twirling inside. It’s tough. And Jay did it every single day. I don’t know how he managed some days. I could see myself barring the door to my room and shutting the world out indefinitely.

    I loved Jay’s struggle with his home life. Well… not that I was gleeful he had struggles, but what his struggles did for the book. I was lucky to land parents who believed in me and encouraged me. It’s easy for me to get wrapped in my own little world and be oblivious to the struggles of others. Nyrae Dawn made Jay’s home life real. Despite my background, I could understand the trials he faced… I truly felt for his situation. *I* wanted to encourage Jay and tell him he was important, loved, desired… that he had a future.

    Because Jay had real problems… emotional problems, not just “get the girl” like in What a Boy Wants, the story meant more to me. I looked forward to Jay growing… finding and accepting his true self, trusting in others.

    Definitely a worthy sequel to What a Boy Wants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Storylover13

    This was one of the best best friend love stories I have ever read. The writting was real and smooth and I didn't want to put it down. Some parts were a little stupid but it made the book feel more normal and not forced.
    Most of the time when the mine person finally says the words 'I love you' I find it cheesy. Not this time. There was a cute joke right afterwards. Making it perfect.
    This a story for the people that love love or need to learn what is really of use in life.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    The crew is back and I couldn't be happier. This time the story

    The crew is back and I couldn't be happier. This time the story is told through Jaden's eyes and wow was this story emotional. Even though Jay is best friends with Bastian, Aspen, and Pris, he couldn't be more different. Nyrae Dawn definitely wrote a more raw and powerful book this time around and I loved every minute of it. We still get the hilarious lines that is Bastian, but you will be very surprised what actually goes through Jay's head. I seriously wanted to jump in the story and hug him to death. I'm sure we are saying our final goodbyes(I protest because I need more) to these lovable characters but the story ended so sweet. I will be gladly rereading both What a Boy Needs and What a Boy Wants plenty times in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Great Book

    I laughed and cried with this book. The life Jaden lives is a rough one but he ends up getting the life he wants and deserves. I love how the author tells the story through a young mans pov. Hopes there more for these 4 young adults would be nice to see how their lives end up.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    You have got to read this book - Freaking AWESOME!! Jaden, Seb


    You have got to read this book - Freaking AWESOME!!

    Jaden, Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris have been best friends since they were small. Last summer things changed between Sebastian and Aspen, and since then, things have been tense between Jaden and Pris. It is their senior year and it's almost graduation time. They have planned a road trip to New York where they are going to college, but now Jaden is having doubts. Jaden has never felt like he was good enough. His friends have always known he had things hard at home, but he has always kept everything inside, so they didn't know how bad his home life really was. All of Jaden's life he has been verbally abused by his dad, constantly put down, told he was nothing, no good, a loser, and Jaden has come believe that is exactly what he is, a loser. His own mom has never even stood up for him. Last summer, Pris wanted things to change between her and Jaden, but Jaden backed away, not because he didn't love her, he has always loved her, but because he truly believed he would never be good enough for her. He's always felt like an outsider, never fitting in, even with his friends. After a big fight with his dad, when he finds out a secret about himself that has been kept from him all his life, he explodes and gets in a fight with his dad, winds up in jail, and has to call Pris to get him out. Then, his mom kicks him out of the house.


    Jaden decides that he won't go to New York with his friends. After all, why would they want a loser like him around, at least that is what he thinks. Sebastian, Aspen and Pris manage to talk him into coming, and things really begin to heat up. Jaden can't deny his feelings for Pris, and Pris loves Jaden. The chemistry between Jaden and Pris is off the charts. Will Jaden hold out, believing the lie that he is not good enough, or will he let Pris in and give in to the feelings that are undeniable between them. Can Pris, Bastian and Aspen help bring Jaden out of his shell and convince him what a truly wonderful guy he is? Can Jaden really bear to leave his friends, who have always been like family to him, in New York without him? Needles to say this road trip to New York is definitely of epic proportions and one that these friends will never forget.


    I absolutely loved this story. Nyrae Dawn has such an awesome gift and is able not only to write her stories from a male point of view, but she enables you to get into their head, and actually think and feel what they are thinking and feeling. What a Boy Wants was Sebastian's story, and Sebastian is a funny guy, and still is, but he also has his serious side. We got to meet Jaden in What a Boy Wants, but we get to know him intimately in What a Boy Needs. I love Pris. I loved how strong she was and how persistent she was with Jaden, and the way she stood up for him. The relationship between the two of them was both hot and heartwarming, and I was rooting for them through the whole story. I felt like I was one of those guys you see at a football game that stands up and cheers when things are good and yells when they are bad. I loved the way this group of friends supported each other and loved each other.


    As far as my emotions regarding Jaden, they were all over the place. Being a mother, I just wanted to grab him and hug him, tell him everything was going to be okay and that he was a good person, then go beat the crap out of his parents. I also wanted he and Pris to get together, and sometimes wanted to shake him a bit in that regard. Then there is no denying that Jaden is really hot, and cute at the same time. Finally, in the end, I was so proud of him and the person he had become, and I just wanted to squeeze him and I actually had to shed some tears. This is one book that you can't read and not get completely caught up in. Nyrae expresses her character's voices in such a way that enables you to become intimate with them, like you are actually there, part of the story yourself. I know I've been all serious sounding in this review, but remember, Sebastian is in this story, and you can't have Sebastian and not have humor, and there is plenty of that going on also. Nyrae Dawn is a truly gifted writer and she has proven than once again in What a Boy Needs. Believe me, this is one book you won't want to miss.

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