About the Book:
Publisher: Clean Reads
Publication date: March 21, 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 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.
Reviewed by Nicki
About the Author:
Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten 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 debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.