Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Title: Dating the It Guy
Author:Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 21st 2017

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.

Dating the It Guy is a cute story. That takes a typical teenage experience and shows how insecurities can have an impact on our relationships.

Emme is a sophmore in high school and just starting to get the feel of having relationships. Her previous boyfriend, John, cheated on her with his ex. This causes Emme to be cautious and insecure. When she is paired with Brendan for a school assignment, her insecurities come into play. Brendan turns out not to be what she quite expected. Instead of being a rich boy with a pretty face that gets everything handed to him. He’s actually a hard worker and kind person. Eventually this leads to their relationship.

I had mixed feelings about Brendan. Although he is definitely a sweet and caring guy. He works hard and doesn’t take the easy way out of things. I think he had a tendency to be oblivious to things. I know that Emme has insecurities but he often did things that no boyfriend should do. Like letting girls hang off him. There comes a point where you say, hey please stop hanging off my arm I have a girlfriend. I understand he argues that she should trust him but I could argue back that he should respect her.

I think in the beginning of the book, Brendan and Emme have more of a surface relationship. I think as they learn and grow, that changes toward the end.

I really liked the side story of the families and the grandparents. I loved how kind Brendan’s parents are because being wealthy doesn’t automatically make you mean. You could see that they loved thier sons no matter what they were doing. I also like Emme’s close fit family and felt sad for her with the issues her grandparents were having. She dealt with it in a very teenage way and I like how that added to the story.

I did think this was a cute story. If you enjoy the blossoming of a new relationship, I think those parts are definitely sweet. There were some times where it felt a little slow but it definitely leads to a great conclusion.

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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