Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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Review by Suze

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.
 
Advice
 
If you like stories about popularity, realistic problems teenagers can struggle with and romance Dating the It Guy would be a great choice.
 
About Krysten Lindsay Hager

 
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.
 
Giveaway

 
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a Dating the It Guy necklace made by Arty Alphabet and a $25 Amazon gift card.
 

 
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

80 comments:

  1. It sounds really good, thanks for sharing it.

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  2. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  3. I always want to date the IT guy but rarely do they reciprocate lol I'd love to read this book! :)

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    1. Haha! Funny thing is my husband is an IT guy, so when he saw the cover he said, "This should be about me and not some popular high school guy." LOL.

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  4. What an interesting book! Great cover too. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. this sounds like an interesting and fulfilling read, I hope you continue to write more imaginative novels xx

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  6. What a great cover! Sounds like a good read!

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  7. I am really looking forward to reading this! I love the cover so much!

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  8. This sounds like a great book and nice cover too.

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  9. I love your review, Suze.

    Krysten, I really like the cover.

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  10. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  11. Dating the it guy sounds like a sweet read! Great cover! Thank you

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  12. I can't wait to read this book. These are the kind of stories I enjoy.

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    1. That's so great to hear! Thank you

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  13. Krysten, I LOVE your books and I'm super excited to read this one. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie!! I really hope you like this one!! <3

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  14. Looking forward to reading. Thanks

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  15. Really sounds like an amazing book, love the sound of it :)

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  16. I love the cover. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  17. Sounds like you've another winner on your hands, Krysten!

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  18. Krysten's book looks like a great read! I know I'll enjoy this!

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  19. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

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  20. Can't wait for the release of this book - looks like one I would definately enjoy reading

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  21. I love the cover and it looks like a great read.

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  22. I don't get time to read but my mum reads a lot, would love to win this book for her

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  23. Great review, loved your thoughts!

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  24. Great review Suze. I like how the story has realistic elements which effect the teenagers. I'd love to read it.

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  25. Sounds like a book grown women could read and relate back to and teenage girls can read as well!

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  26. i think the cover is cute!

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  27. I'm looking forward to be reading this book. Sounds so endeering.

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  28. An interesting "mature" looking book.

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  29. Brilliant book & I love the art work on the book & the necklace is stunning!

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  30. Great review - can't wait to read this!

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  31. i fell in love with this book thanks!

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  32. This sounds like an interesting book!

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  33. This sounds like a fantastic read!!

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  34. This sounds like a wonderful read and it has been some time since I have found a book that I have really wanted to pick up and read. Cannot wait.... Thank you!

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  35. Sounds great! Good luck everyone!

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  36. Great review, sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing :)

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  37. Congrats on your new release!!!

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  38. Congrats on your new release!! :) It sounds like a good book, I love the cover!

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  39. Congrats on the release - it sounds great and is firmly on my TBR!

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  40. Love the cover of this book - it definitely makes me want to read it! Thanks for this great post!

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  41. Congratulations on the new book release! Love the cover, and it sounds good!

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  42. Do you think living in Michigan reflects in your writing?
    Congrats on your release and awesome cover!

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  43. Love the title and cover! Can't wait to read.

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  44. Enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good story.

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  45. Love the title and cover! Can't wait to read.

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  46. This books sounds wonderful and love that cover you chose for it. I think having a great cover
    on a book is so important, I just find it helps to bring your readers in..
    @tisonlyme143

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  47. This sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it!

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  48. I just can't wait to read this, Krysten!! Thanks for the chance to win it!! I hope you sell a million copies!!

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  49. This sounds like a fantastic read & that cover is amazing <3

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