Dating the It Guy

Dating the It Guy

by Krysten Lindsay Hager
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Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621356370
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 1,320,856
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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Dating the It Guy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews 7 months ago
Interesting story The story is a cute love story between teenagers, but it's not just about that. Hager has brought in some back story and other plot points, which give the story some depth. Now, it does have that teenage angst and jealousy, and Emme reacts, sometimes poorly but she's a teenager, so she acts as if she is one. The characters have depth and also remind us (who are no longer teens) that what a teen does and what an adult does are two different things, and that’s what makes this a good story. It was an enjoyable read.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Dating the It Guy was my first book by Krysten Lindsay Hager. I have mixed feelings about it. Emme was a weird character. She was really superstitious and the way she followed her horoscope was almost religious. I liked how the story showed her growing into herself, and realizing that she didn’t need these things to get through life, though there was one scene where she got her Tarot Cards read that made me uncomfortable. I liked Emme’s relationship with her grandparents. It was sweet and also kind of sad. I thought it was touching how she took care of her grandpa. Emme was a teen writer, and I could definitely relate to that. My favorite characters were her writer friends Darren and Rory, unfortunately Darren’s personality took a one eighty near the end of the book until I had no idea who he was anymore. I also liked Kylie and Margaux too. Now onto Brendon, the “It Guy”. In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t like him very much. He was the male version of a Mary-Sue in the beginning of the book, in the middle of the book he was a total jerk, and by the end he was either a jerk, immature, or an idiot. I was actually rooting for Emme to dump Brendon completely and to end up with Darren by the middle of the book. Here’s a quote from the book about Darren, “There was something hot about a literary guy who worked out.” (pg 118). I just wanted to grab Emme and shake her and say, “Girl, that is the It Guy.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
DATING THE GUY is a poignant story that delves deeply into the spectrum of human emotion and really focuses in on how deeply we feel those emotions as teenagers experiencing them for the first time. From the title and cover, I was expecting something light and fluffy but was pleasantly surprised by the emotional depth of the story and Hager's ability to draw such feeling from her readers. There's plenty of teen angst and drama, but Hager doesn't shy away from delving into some darker, heartbreaking story elements as well. There really are plenty of swoony moments in this book as well, so readers looking for a little contemporary romance will certainly not be disappointed. While I loved Brendon, I also really loved Hager's exploration of some of the insecurities that we sometimes feel in relationships. For Emme dating the "it guy" is a dream come true, but truly believing that he is superior to her opens her up to a lot of negative thoughts and emotions, and I felt like this book had a great underlying message about the importance of self love. I really enjoyed this book, and I will certainly be reading books from Hager in the future.
taradurham77 More than 1 year ago
I was given this ebook in exchange for an honest review on Emme is just your average high school girl. Brendon is the Senator’s son. For the guys, you want to be best friends with him. For the girls, you want to date/marry him. Although Emme feels she is way out of her league-she was elated when Brendon asked her out. He’s a wonderful guy, but she’s so plain and not polished like his family and friends-not to mention his ex, Lauren, who constantly hangs on his every word and his arm. Emme has had a horrible dating past-leaving her untrusting and insecure. This often leads her to jumping to conclusions or judging situations without really finding out the facts first-causing a huge wedge between her and Brendon. Emme has always used candles, cards and astrology for guidance-a trait of all the women in her family. With her insecurites mounting, she needs to figure it all out quickly. Brendon is an amazing guy, but there’s no way he will stay around if she keeps acting illogically. She needs to lay her suspicions aside and listen to her heart. I thought this story was okay. It was very clean and I very much appreciated that. Parts of it just felt shallow-like I kept wanting more. I really wanted Brendon to shake Emme a few times. I swear? This was a nice light read, if you’re looking for one-look no further.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Hager has a way of writing that takes me back to my insecure teenage years and allows me to experience the joys, the anxieties, and the growth all over again. Emme doesn't expect to start dating the high school "It" guy, but she does. After being cheated on in the past, she has some major trust issues to deal with and they really get in the way of her being fully invested in this new relationship. The drama and mind games are alive and well with this novel! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Hager has really hit her stride with this one. A great read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of relationships, a story that masterfully captures the dilemmas that young girls face in relationships, especially if they have been cheated on before. Emme is in her sophomore year and her heart is still recovering from the betrayal by her ex-boyfriend when she meets Brendon Agretti, the hottest guy in school — pursued by almost every girl. He is the perfect picture of a guy anyone would want to be with. But then, being around him raises more questions in Emme’s mind than it gives her assurances. Can she really have him? If she were that good, why would her ex-boyfriend cheat on her? Things get even more complicated because his ex-girlfriend will do anything to get him back. Emme is insecure and dabbles with horoscopes, but a moment must come when she has to learn to rely on what she truly feels. Krysten Lindsay Hager has written a story of many young girls out there — and many mature women, too — a story with characters that feel so real and so true. Emme reminded me of some of my past relationships, my feelings of desperation and suspicion at times, of the loss of self-esteem any woman suffers after being cheated on, and a lot more. Readers will love the way the author explores the psychological depth of the characters and the restlessness that Emme experiences. The writing is superb, laced with a lot of vivid and insightful descriptions and natural-sounding dialogues. The plot is fast-paced and gripping, and the reader can’t help but read on to find out what becomes of Emme and Lindsay. Dating the It Guy is an entertaining story that is as absorbing as it is hilarious. A book to share with every teenage girl!
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Emme's ex boyfriend cheated on her. She's reluctant to date again and she doesn't trust easily. Falling in love with the most popular guy in school isn't helping her with her insecurities. Brendon is being chased by plenty of girls and his ex girlfriend treats him like he's still hers. At home Emme has to deal with a lot, her grandparents aren't the strong healthy people she used to know any longer. Emme is completely out of her depth when it comes to dating someone half the school wants to be with and seeing her grandparents suffer is incredibly hard. She tries to get back some control using crystals and living according to her horoscope, but is that really the wise thing to do or will it make her lose the last bit of balance she has left? 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.