Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)

I've heard such fabulous things about this author and also just LOVE that cover! 
You can see what I thought about the book and enter the tour giveaway below...

Dating the It Guy
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
YA COntemporary
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
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.

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Praise for the Book

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” -- Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." -- Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

My Review

DATING THE IT GUY was a cute story about a girl who's trying to figure out what she wants while dealing with navigating a new relationship and ailing grandparents she dearly loves. The story was very much up and down between her emotions and what happens. Recommended to contemporary YA readers who like their stories with plenty of drama, friendships, and sweet romance.

I thought this one started off fairly well. We get to go along with Emme while she begins falling for Brendon, who is the guy all the girls want to be with and the guys all want to be. I really liked Emme's parents and how natural their relationship felt. I also liked how Emme interacts with her friends, which came off how high school would be like and trying to get advice or support from friends while attempting to figure a guy out. Emme's and Brandon's relationship was really sweet, but was so hot and cold.

I really liked how the author weaved in Emme's struggles with her grandparents. There were parts that I easily connected with having had someone close to me experience strokes and pass away a few years back. The author did such a great job in Emme's emotions being spot on and how she reacts and how others react to the situation. I really enjoyed how strong of a family aspect was in this story, which some YA seems to skip over.

There were a few things that threw me. The beginning of the story worked well, but then about a fourth of the way in it started reading almost like a daily journal with lots of things happening that didn't always have to do with anything. It was almost like I could have just skipped ahead and not missed anything. There was also a lot of telling the story, but not getting to really experience it with the characters. There wasn't a lot of dialogue either, so I didn't really feel any chemistry between Emme and Brandon. This is also when Emme is hot and cold and also plays dumb with Brandon and I didn't always like her. I did have to laugh at some of the parts with Emme trying to act like her friend.

The New Age stuff was an interesting twist in this story. I liked how it was just a part of who Emme was and how those close to her were cool with it. I also liked how it played a role in Emme's thinking, but that she had to disconnect a little from it to figure some things out on her own. Towards the end things start to pull together and the ending was especially sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This one was really quite up and down for me. I wanted more chemistry and more development in areas, but I also liked these characters and really enjoyed aspects of this story.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the YA Bound Book Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

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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