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?
In book one we leave Aspen and Sebastian tighter but Jaden and Pris still friends but in a very awkward state. This book starts with Jaden's life unraveling and in very believable ways. Nyrea Dawn does an excellent job connecting you to what a verbal abusivive household is and the value of support by your friends.
Jaden struggles with self-image issues. His struggles remind us that verbal abuse cuts deeper and heals slower than physical abuse. Although I am not a fan of the narration, the story solid. I give this a thumbs up, give it a read.
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