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Dating the It Guy

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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. A ...more
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Published March 21st 2017 by Clean Reads
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Katie W
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Hager has a way of writing that takes me back to my insecure teenage years and allows me to experience the joys, the anxieties, and the growth all over again. Emme doesn't expect to start dating the high school "It" guy, but she does. After being cheated on in the past, she has some major trust issues to deal with and they really get in the way of her being fully invested in this new relationship. The drama and mind games are alive and well with this novel!

I was expecting the typical travel log
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
DATING THE GUY is a poignant story that delves deeply into the spectrum of human emotion and really focuses in on how deeply we feel those emotions as teenagers experiencing them for the first time.

From the title and cover, I was expecting something light and fluffy but was pleasantly surprised by the emotional depth of the story and Hager's ability to draw such feeling from her readers. There's plenty of teen angst and drama, but Hager doesn't shy away from delving into some darker, heartbreak
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
It has been a long time since I read a YA book. I thought I was over teenage drama, but this book intrigued me. So, I've read it and I loved it. It is really good, I liked the characters and the story.
Emme is a normal teenage girl who ends up dating the 'It guy'. Apparently, it isn't easy, she can't understand all the attention he gets, especially from his ex-girlfriend. And he doesn't understand why Emme is always so dramatic about things. Combine this drama with everything that is going on Emm
Suze Lavender
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 w ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read YA, but I was glad I read this one!

I loved the character of Emme. She is paired with the most popular boy in school, Brendon, and, of course, she's quirky and average. But this isn't the predictable plot you might think it is and that's what kept me turning pages. The author does a great job of making Emme relatable and well-rounded as she gets to know Brendon, someone she's watched from afar, as she finds out the real him. But she also finds out some truths about herself al
Lydia H
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Krysten Lindsay Hager's writing! She always manages to take me right back to my teenage years. All the insecurities, worries, heartaches, and down-right emotions are perfectly developed throughout the book.

Emme was a genuinely good girl. She got her heart broken by her cheating ex-boyrfriend on top of dealing with personal issues at home. Falling for the popular guy in school didn't really help ease her worries, but you can't help who you fall for, right? Girls, especially high school gi
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!

All the angst! I took the book on a recent holiday, which was the prefect place to read all the teen drama that is Dating the It Guy.

Emme and Brendon bond over their very different circumstances - they certainly experience a lot of drama in the course of the story. I'm not going to discus the particulars of their problems because it would be too spoilery, but I will mention that I appreciated the message of love, friendship and hope that Krysten Lindsay Hager delivers.

Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
High school drama? Yup. This book IS high school drama. It really took me back to the day. Emme is young and it shows in her peer relationships. In her family, however, she shows some remarkable maturity. The concern and care she demonstrates for her struggling grandfather and her sick grandmother are what completely endeared me to Emme. I am ashamed to say that I wasn't nearly so intuitive or kind when I was her age and dealt with a grandfather living in my home. It's something I regret and oft ...more
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off let me begin this review by saying how excited I was to read this book. I had heard some great things about it before I agreed to be part of the tour and I'm so glad that I did. Even though this book reminded me how it was to be a teenage girl and how it felt to be insecure, I really enjoyed reading it.

Dating The It Guy wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be going in either, which of course I loved. Sometimes you need to be thrown for a loop as a reader, at least I know I do,
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-romance
I was given a copy for my honest opinion. This starts out with a snarky voice and gradually matures as she struggles through life's trials. I don't care for horoscopes and such but I thought it was well handled in this story. It was interesting how different her two best friends were and yet they remain loyal and supportive in their own quirky and opposite ways, often giving some horrible advice. Everything seemed to be resolved by one honest and open conversation that was long overdue yet pops ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book. It is very well written. But I feel to old to be reading it. If I was in high school or in middle school. I would totally read it. I had a hard time getting into this book because of this. But other than that it was a good clean book. It would be very appropriate for these age groups Or anyone.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
WARNING: there could be spoilers in this review!

1 star
This book was a big disappointment to me as the promise of the book looked good. The only reason I even finished this book was, because I got the book in exchange for an honest review and I think you cannot properly review a book without having read the entire book.

The writing style was quite childlike and even the obvious was spelled out. Sometimes there were writing errors as well. Furthermore there was a lot of telling instead of showing.
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May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love is fickle isn't it? Especially when you're in high school. Even more especially when you're dating the guy that all the girls have crushes on. That's how it is for Emme. She's dating Brendon, a congressman's son and the hottest guy in school. With having been hurt badly from a previous relationship is it possible for her relationship with Brendon to work even though it seems they come from different worlds? Or is the relationship doomed to crash upon the rocks? Perhaps their destiny is writ ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you're sixteen, you face the Great Paradox: you feel invincibility like you've never felt before while feeling greater vulnerability than you ever have before.

Emme discovers this the summer before her sophomore year of high school. Put in summer school by parents with vigorously ambitious goals for her, she is paired with Brendon Agretti on an assignment. THE Brendon Agretti, known equally for being the son of a senator and for his breathtaking good looks. It's almost too good to be true.

Michelle Austin
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

Dating the It Guy was a good 4 star read.

Emme is going through a recent breakup and heartbreak since her boyfriend was cheating on her. She has serious trust issues because of it.
Brendon is a senator's son and is the it guy to a lot of girls including his ex girlfriend who doesn’t seem to want to accept that it’s over.

As the door opened, I held my breath, and in walked Brendon Agretti, the senator’s son and possibly the hottest guy in Michigan, okay, th
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Hager’s ability to bring real life issues into a story, bring it to life and then teach you not only a life lesson, but how to trust and love. She always has a way with words and this book is just further proof to that. I am so glad I read this latest book of hers and cannot wait until the next.

The characters are easy to connect with, especially our main character. Like most of us growing up, she has insecurities, dwells on the what-ifs and wonders what the future holds. At such a young
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being cheated by her ex-boyfriend, Emma is reluctant to date another guy again. She meets Brendon, one of the most famous boys in her school. Lots of girls closely tail Brendon not to mention his ex-girlfriend. She has many insecurities in relationships. Emma goes through many things in her life. Her grandmother is hospitalized and her grandfather is showing symptoms of Dementia. She is very close to her grandparents and finds it difficult to cope with all these drama going on in her life. ...more
 Mummy Cat Claire
This cover is to tantalizing. Totally sucked me right into its trap. Yeah, don't let a pretty cover fool you. I thought this book was going to be about a girl who found her right match, or the "it" guy meaning best guy for her, but no. This is about a high school girl who finds herself having a romantic relationship with the most popular guy in school. This is the definition of the "it" guy.
"Oh, man, I'd go nuts with girls constantly flirting right in front of me. she said.
But honestly, that's
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Lots of teenage drama in this one! Emme and Brendon start dating the summer before her sophomore year (his senior year), but there are a lot of odds working against them. He's really popular and he has a "perfect" ex-girlfriend who will do anything to get him back.

Emme is dealing with insecurities, bad advice from friends, a very sick grandmother (who happens to be the only person who really gets her) and a grandfather who is starting to suffer from dementia. Add in the manipulative ex-girlfrien
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, contemporary YA. Emme and Brendon have an unanticipated connection, considering Emme is a bit of a bookworm and Brendon is, quite literally, the IT guy at the school. Emme practically self-sabotages the relationship at every turn because of her insecurities, but Brendon genuinely cares for Emme. The ups and downs of their relationship shows that high school relationships are never "picture perfect" even when you think they might be - and happiness might be found with the unexpect ...more
Suzie Waltner
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Emme Trybus is a typical teenage girl with parents who are both too interested and little odd, best friends she hangs out with, and some boy trouble. But her favorite person—her grandmother—is in the hospital and her grandfather seems to forget where he is a little more often than comfortable.
As Emme navigates her family issues as well as dating the most popular guy in school, her home life and insecurities from her previous relationship keep getting in the way.
Krysten Lindsay Hager reminds read
Laura Wagner turner
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book as soon as I started reading it! The characters are so well written and Krysten has a way of really getting into their heads and sharing their inner thoughts and feelings. There are a lot of really funny parts, as well as a lot of emotion. You really feel like you're reading about people you know and you get so invested you can't put it down. I love how easy it was to identify with these characters and feel like they're going through the same things we all went thro ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is unexpectedly funny and delightful! Emme is our main character and I love her quirky, random brain. Her streams of thought and mental dialogue are hilarious! None of the characters are perfect and their lives aren't either which is makes the whole book so relatable.

Summary: Quirky down to earth girl who doesn't know her own worth becomes summer school project partner with rich, handsome, and famous son of a senator. Sparks fly, but will family problems and pressures, past issues or n
Angela (Books of a Shy Girl)
Nov 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dating the It Guy had all the premises to be a good book. However the plot and the characters' building left me disappointed.
While reading the book, I couldn't understand what the protagonist was doing and I was often confused by the characters' reaction.
I think they weren't well-built and lacked depth.
InD'tale Magazine
This book will pull readers right back into high school and into the drama of first love.

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story reminds me of high school, particularly crushes in high school. I think we were once like Emme. We also had a crush on the most popular and the cutest guy in high school. The ultimate crush of all crushes. Mine was a classmate. We were not close but he always said "hi" if we met on the lobby. We had very few interactions and we didn't have the same circle of friends. So, that was how far it went and remained until the second year in college. We didn't go to the same university. On one ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed reading Dating the It Guy. The characters are well written. This was a really cute contemporary. I especially liked Emme the most. There was plenty of drama and romance. I really recommend that you pick up this cute read.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just like “Caty” from Mean Girls, learns there is more to “Aaron Samuels” than his good looks and reputation, Emme learns there is a whole lot more to her crush than she originally thought. More importantly, she learns more about herself, her insecurities, and ultimately, what she is looking for in her life.

Emme is attractive, spirited, and a good person. But like everyone else, she has flaws and it makes her a relatable character. She deals with quite a lot more than your average teen and as a
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read. I enjoyed it. I liked Emme and Brendon.

I did wish that Emme had enough self confidence to tell him why she worried so much. I also wished Brendon had a bit more consideration at first. He had no clue how rude she thought he was to put the cell phone before her. People do that crap way too much these days. It's amazing folks don't end up having fights about that all the time. Instead they all just ignore each other. Not a good thing.

They both did some growing up and made some decision
Leslie M.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
High school sophomore Emme never expected that one day she’d be dating the It Guy at her school, popular senior Brendon, who just happens to be a senator’s son and hot! Unfortunately, his ex, Lauren, isn’t quite ready to give up on him, and she is determined to do all she can to destroy the budding relationship between Emme and Brendon. Emme has always relied on numerology and horoscopes to help her with her decisions, but that’s not working for her at the moment, especially with her grandparent ...more
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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 ...more

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