What A Boy Needs

What A Boy Needs

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by Nyrae Dawn
     
 
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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014792141
Publisher:
Nyrae Dawn
Publication date:
06/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
450,273
File size:
136 KB
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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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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What A Boy Needs 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
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)
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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.
jukelley More than 1 year ago
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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Lend it to me!!! My email is tammy roberts wic @ yahoo .com PLEASE!!!!!!!
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Love it. Nuff said ;-P
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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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sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
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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Great