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Dating the It Guy Paperback – March 21, 2017
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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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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.
Emme discovers this the summer before her sophomore year of high school. Put in summer school by parents with vigorously ambitious goals for her, she is paired with Brendon Agretti on an assignment. THE Brendon Agretti, known equally for being the son of a senator and for his breathtaking good looks. It's almost too good to be true.
As schoolwork becomes romance, Emme finds herself filled with insecurity. For one thing, she does not see how she can compete with the perfect Lauren, Brendon's gorgeous, smart ex-girlfriend. For another, she doesn't even know what to wear to a picnic, much less how to comport herself at the country club. What if she embarrasses Brendon? What if she isn't good enough for him?
Rather than focusing on the core truth that you pay attention to how someone treats you, Emme succumbs to her insecurities. She listens to the wrong people and ignores her instincts. She is, of course, a typical teenage girl. What Emme can't see, though, is that her lack of faith could push Brendon away.
There is so much to love about this book. Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how teens think and speak, and she understands why Emme would feel overwhelmed by everything about Brendon - his looks, his popularity, his feelings for her, his exes, his family. Brendon is every teen girl's fantasy come true. Heck, he's every woman's fantasy come true. He's kind. He's sweet. He's passionate. And he pays attention.
Hager has a subplot involving Emme's and Brendon's families that is particularly poignant, adding a layer of bittersweet loveliness to this book. Another subplot, involving their friends, shows you that sometimes you can misplace trust. Your friends may not have your best interests at heart.
Dating the "it" guy is no easy thing to do, at least not for Emme. She's going to need to figure it out, though, which, thankfully, she realizes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5 Paper Cut Princess Stars! It's not often I read YA novels, but I am glad I grabbed this one! It was sweet, emotional, and REAL.Read more
Emme is going through a recent breakup and heartbreak since her boyfriend was cheating on her.Read more
All the angst! I took the book on a recent holiday, which was the prefect place to read all the teen drama that is Dating the It Guy.Read more