Wednesday, January 22, 2020

TBR What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

What A Boy Wants
What A Boy Wants #1
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published April 6th, 2012

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.

My Review:
Sebastian Hawkins thinks he’s God’s gift to women. He knows how to help women get their guy. He has an online blog where get gets paid to give women advice on how to talk to guys. When we first meet him Sebastian seems like kind of a jerk. He really only cares about using girls and hanging with his friends. He does the Hook-Up-Doctor thing as a way to make money to now day get a car.

I liked this story in a lot of ways. The story is told from Bastian’s POV and he felt like an authentic guy, or at least what we think about when we think of guys. He gets confused easily by what his girlfriends are saying and when things go wrong, and it was entertaining to read about. Another aspect I liked about this story was how Bastian was written. He knows a lot about men's and women's relationships from his mother's failed ones. He really cares for his mom and is protective of her. This book feels authentic in every way. I didn’t feel like I was reading about college students that authors have set in high school. This felt like a very authentic YA story where the characters don’t know what they want and still believe their parents are perfect.

My one major complaint was how predictable this story was. From the first email, I figured out what was going on. Seriously I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Another issue was the pacing. Major parts of this story were really drawn out, and other parts weren’t. I felt like the beginning dragged on a bit where there were useless exchanges that when all was said and done meant nothing.

Overall What a Boy Wants was well written with enjoyable characters and a predictable plot.

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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