Review: What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
Ebook, 142 pages.
Published: April 6th, 2012
Source: Purchased
Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together.

And then he falls in love…

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan.

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig.

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.

I bought this book awhile back after seeing quite a few great reviews of it.  But it was more recently that I saw the review on Bewitched Bookworms that I decided I was going to squeeze it in.  It just sounded so light and fun and a contemporary that would possibly take me out of my reading funk.  And it totally did!  It was a super fast read with characters that I absolutely adored!

Sebastian was so easy to picture and imagine.  He was a guy that wasn’t perfect and even had me ‘yelling’ at him a few times, but he was still so darn likable!  He was a guy not afraid to hug his mom and while he pushed his feeling and emotions aside at times, once he accepted them he wasn’t embarrassed to let it show.   He was honestly a character that I really enjoyed reading about.  Now, I really enjoyed him and his personality, he was a blast to read about, but at one point I could have slugged him for a decision he made (well, a few) and that is actually the reason I think I knocked it down one star.  It’s just infuriating when characters make decisions like that.  BUT, I kind of ‘get’ why he did it too.  Still too infuriating for me though.

It was a very sweet romance with no insta-love and was a super fast story that can easily be devoured in one sitting.  I most definitely recommend you pick this one up, I’m pretty sure that you will love it!  I look forward to picking up the companion novel, What a Boy Needs.

This one qualifies for the YA Contemporary Challenge 2012.
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  1. I got this book a while ago, too. Strange coincidence…I feel like I’m in a semi-reading slump. Keep picking up and putting down books. Trying to start new books that I just can’t get into reading. So, great review- I decided if it ended your reading slump, maybe it would help mine. I’m about 20% done with the book. If it stays this good, I’ll probably be done with it today and be buying the sequel today. This is one of those books that’s so good that you can’t believe you let it lie around for so long without reading it.

  2. I’m so glad you liked this one! Somebody recommended it to me as well and I just fell head-over-heels for it! :) I definitely agree with you on the fact that there’s no insta-love that just made it so much more appealing! Thanks for the review! :)

  3. I’ve see this around and I put it on a “maybe” list. I do like that it’s a contemporary told from a guy’s perspective—that’s unique for sure, and it’s good to hear that you thought Sebastian was a good character, even if he was flawed. Thanks for the review!

  4. *claps hands* Sooo happy you liked it Candace! I truly enjoyed the characters the most and yes *giggles* I also wanted to slap him a few times myself !

  5. I’ve been seeing SO many great review on this I definitely want to read it. I love character driven books and Sebastian sounds like one we can easily connect with. Great review, Candace!

  6. I finished the book the day I started. Liked it so much that I did get the next book in the series, which I finished yesterday. Thanks so much for the recommendation. I do feel as if it pulled me out of the reading slump.

  7. So many people were raving about this one lately that I bought a copy for my Nook a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to read it because the YA genre is lacking books with male narrators and I think this one will be fun to read. I actually really enjoy books where the characters’ actions end up pissing me off so I think this is right up my alley.

    Thanks for another awesome review!

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