- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781621356370
- ISBN-13: 978-1621356370
- ASIN: 162135637X
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,494,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dating the It Guy Paperback – March 21, 2017
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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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I was expecting the typical travel log of a high school sophomore--her feelings, her experiences, her relationships--but there was a heavier undercurrent flowing throughout. Emme isn't just navigating the social scene, but she's dealing with a lot of difficult family issues as well, which often spill over into her social life. I would have loved more showing, rather than telling...getting a more emotional engagement, but I did enjoy the journey and couldn't help but to feel bad for poor Emme, dealing with so much.
Friends and romance can be hard at this age, and both were portrayed that way (although I secretly wish it could be all rainbows and warm fuzzies). It was sad to see how fickle some of the characters were. And the lack of communication--we won't go there. **One little side note** I have two kids who are in high school now and the way the characters in this story interact does NOT feel realistic at all. My kids won't email and call their friends like these characters did (and if a friend doesn't answer their cell? No way will they call the landline, if anyone even still has those anymore)--it's all about Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, texting. This could have worked 20 years ago, but it's not accurate for today's teens.
I'm not really into horoscopes, numerology, crystals, vegan, etc, and although each of these play an important role in Emme's life, it wasn't too overwhelming. All in all, I did get to experience a little blast to the past and had a nice time watching the progress that was made through the course of the book.
Content: mild romance (kissing, talk of hooking up; there is one matter-of-fact scene of talking about sleeping with someone); mild religious elements.
Then there's the grandparents. Emme's grandmother has a stroke and goes downhill really fast and her grandpa has dementia. Most of the middle of the book is about this and, as someone who has dealt with these issues very close to home, I did not like that at all. I will go so far as to say it ruined the book (with how close to home it hit).
Characters - I don't know if I really liked any of the characters at all. Certainly not Emme. And Margeaux...the story could have done without her. Any time Emme tried to act like her to make Brendon jealous, I cringed.
There was a positive note to the book...about the last 5 pages. It has a happy ending but the ending is not worth reading the rest of the book.
Disclaimer - I have dementia in someone close to me so, while this book hit me very wrong, these are my opinions and aren't necessarily going to be the same for anyone else.
Emme is a normal teenage girl who ends up dating the 'It guy'. Apparently, it isn't easy, she can't understand all the attention he gets, especially from his ex-girlfriend. And he doesn't understand why Emme is always so dramatic about things. Combine this drama with everything that is going on Emme's home life and you get a perfect YA fiction. It's an interesting novel and quite enjoyed reading it.