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Dating the It Guy Paperback – March 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, The Grand Haven Tribune, The Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.
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It may seem like the story of a nobody meeting Mr./Miss Popular and school heart-throb only happens in the movies or books. I believe it happens in real life too. And I almost had that experience but not quite. Too close! But I guess, I was so dumb-founded that I did not realize that it was actually happening to me at that time. When if finally dawned on me, the ship has already sailed. I liked stories like Emme and Brendon's. It's kind of the universe's way of maintaining balance. It's as if, the universe is trying to make amends for the unfair things that happened to people like Emme. And for all the things Emme is going through, she deserves to at least have one very good thing going in her life--that is Brendon.
And like all stories, Emme feels a bit insecure and all her fears about the last relationship she had came floating back to the surface. I can't blame her and her reactions were pretty normal. What strike me as different in this story is her dependence on crystals, stars, numerology and horoscopes to make significant decisions in her life. She has forgotten to rely on her instincts. Women's instincts are the most powerful tool we women should be thankful for. Personally, they have never failed me. I do admit, like Emme, I have second guessed myself a few times and ignored my instincts and gut-feel. Learning from those mistakes is how we grow into better individuals.
The moral of the story is to trust yourself. Believe in yourself. Crystals, lucky numbers and other lucky items are okay if they help you or give you a boost of courage or confidence but never leave everything or based your decisions on them, especially life-changing ones. Prayers help a lot too. Every good thing should come out of hard work and not from some hoodoo-voodoo. Milestones and successes are even sweeter if they were born out of sweat, sleepless nights and blood. Their satisfaction would be even more priceless.
I give this book 4/5 crystal bracelets. This is a sweet story with a very good lesson in the heart of it. This is a good reminder for young adults of the most important things in life like family, grandparents, friends and above all--one's self. Respect, belief in yourself and to follow your heart and instincts. To strive for things that yoi are passionate about and not the premade or laid-out plans your parents or what society expects. It's your life, take control of it and just do your best. Know that makes you most happy will always work out if you put your heart into it. And the people around you, especially your family will eventually support you, even if at first they won't. But if they see that you desperately want to succeed in it, they too will try to move mountains just so you could succeed. Never underestimate the power of love, more so when it comes to family.
So often people go to get their cards read because they're running from something, and they want someone else to be responsible for making the next decision. But it's okay to make a wrong decision because it's how you grow as a person.
- Krysten Linday Hager, Dating the It Guy -
Thank you again, Giselle of xpressobooktours for the review copy.
This is a voluntary review. I was gifted a copy.
Emme is a sweet and talented girl. It’s obvious she cares about people and she helps out as much as she can, I loved that about her personality. She also eats healthy food and she takes good care of herself. She worries about her grandparents and my heart ached for her. Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about her struggles in an honest way and it's clear she understands what her main character is going through. She describes Emme’s feelings in a detailed and realistic way. I think it's great that she gives this topic so much attention. A lot of teenagers are dealing with the same issues and I found the story really comforting and supportive.
Dating the It Guy is a story with several different layers. One of them is the relationship aspect between Emme and Brendon. They have many things in common, but being the son of a senator brings a life filled with expectations and Brendon is in the spotlight all the time. Everyone is paying attention to him and he's always hanging out with girls who want something from him. I could see why that would be terrifying for Emme. I didn't like how insensitive he is about being claimed by a girl who isn't his girlfriend. Emme has already been cheated on and what he does might not exactly be cheating, but it is difficult to watch and it didn’t feel right either. I had plenty of conflicting emotions when I read about their relationship. Sometimes it takes effort to make things work, especially when the circumstances are unusual. I loved how Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about this problem from different angles and makes her readers see the whole picture.
Dating the It Guy is a thought-provoking story. It made me think about the impact of problems at home on the way things are going at school and the importance of being honest about what your boundaries are in a relationship. Talking about what's going on is essential for the success of a connection and hiding behind crystals and horoscopes might seem the easiest solution to get through a difficult situation, but in the end other ways to deal with a problem might be more effective. Emme and Brendon both have many lessons to learn and it was fascinating to see them grow up. They slowly become more serious when it comes to relationships and I loved the romantic ending of the story. Dating the It Guy is a multifaceted book, it's sweet, interesting and moving at the same time.