Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager. #BookBirthdayBlitz

Dating the It Guy

Emme starts dating a popular high school student who happens to be from a famous political family. It seems like everyone at school either wants to be Brendon Agretti or date him. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture-perfect ex 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 dumped her and her whole world is off kilter with her grandparents’ health issues. Life suddenly seems easier pushing 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.

My Thoughts


Emme is a shy high school student, and it is safe to say that she is certainly struggling with trust issues following the breakup from her cheating boyfriend. When she starts taking some extra lessons throughout the summer break, she only has the prospect of improving her grades on her mind.

When the most popular boy in the school starts sitting beside Emme during these extra lessons, a relationship soon blossoms between them and Emme soon finds herself dating the ‘it’ guy. This is certainly not a smooth journey though, as Brendon is being chased by almost every girl in the school, and with his rather persistent ex still staking her claim on him, Emme’s trust issues really begin to show, and these issues hold her back from fully engaging in this new relationship.

It isn’t just Emme’s school life that is troubling her, as she starts to realise that her grandparents are not the strong, healthy people she has always known them to be, and watching them struggle is difficult for Emme to witness. Needing to feel as though she is taking back some control of her life, Emme starts using crystals along with following guidance from her horoscope, but this might not be the right path to take as she could possibly find herself losing the last bit of self balance she has.

This was such a fascinating, unique story that I lost myself in from the start. I love how this book explored the struggles people can face internally, and the impacts in which those struggles can have on their day to day lives.

Emme is such a wonderful, layered character that you connect with instantly. She has such a big heart, and it is obvious that she cares deeply for those close to her, and she often goes above and beyond to help others too. She has a lot of self doubt, and this becomes clearer as the story progresses.

This is a complex story that has many layers to it. From the relationship between Emme and Brendon, and the strains that being the son of a Senator places on their relationship as Brendon tries to juggle his school life alongside his fathers expectations. Brendon finds himself in the spotlight daily, and as he spends more and more time with girls who clearly want something from him, this puts extra strain on their fragile relationship.

This is such a beautifully written, thought provoking story that really captures your interest from the start. The characters are well fleshed out, and I really liked how the author gives each of them their own voice. The storyline is captivating, and full of drama and suspense as we wait to see how Emme overcomes her difficulties. A truly enjoyable read that I would recommend to others!.

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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 the young adult Cecily Taylor Series, the young adult Star Series, Dating the It Guy, and the preteen Landry’s True Colors Series.

Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Best Friends…Forever? is a 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children – Preteen genre. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient and a 2020 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner. She received her BA in English and master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Krysten Lindsay Hager for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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