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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Book Review: What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

About the book:

Title: What A Boy Wants
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Headline Eternal 
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: 3/5
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.

About the author
Is a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction. Loves nothing more than writing about young adults. Lives in Southern California with husband and two children.
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My Review:
I received this book in a giveaway, and was excited by the blurb. I wanted it to be one of those entertaining as hell reads, that makes you double-up when the girl and boy bump into each other, or avoid each other. But...
A very cliched plot. A guy who plays hook-up doctor, much like the beaten-to-death concept of Love Guru, is a witness to failed relationships. He saw multiple break-ups and divorces of his mom and he has no damn to give about relationships.

He also has a steady friend circle, Sebastian Pris, Aspen and Jaden didn't impress upon me instantly, although their banter was amusing, and very amateurish. They talked like really young middle-graders.
Fav line? "If you mess this up, I will mess you up too!" That's what girl best friends are for.
The story does have some feels, and was an enjoyable read when you have a few hours handy, without the energy to commit to a long, deep book.
The part showing love is messy and difficult were really entertaining. But even that dragged a lot.
The fact that Sebastian was getting to know it better, chapter after chapter, was what salvaged the whole romance. Loved that bit.

Maybe it was the first-person narration, but it seemed to stretch for no reason. I almost went over and shouted over the pages, addressing the boy, "pull yourself together!"
Overall, I felt that the book could have been woven stronger than this.

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Source of the review copy: Won in a giveaway

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