Dating the IT Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication date: March 21, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book as part of a blog tour for the book by YA Bound book tours. In no way was this review impacted by the format of the book.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Dating-Guy-Krysten-Lindsay-Hager-ebook/dp/B06XBFRX47/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489051105&sr=8-1&keywords=Dating+the+It+Guy
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.
I have got to say first of all, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a review right after I finished the book, but it’s nice to have all my thoughts about the book in my head, fresh and ready to go into this review. In this review, you get to see a lot more of my initial reactions to scenes, and my immediate likes and dislikes.
To start off with, Emme, the main character seems a bit less matured than you expect from a sophomore (I think she’s a sophomore). I liked how less guarded she was at the beginning, and the narrative of her explaining her intuition about the future written in a style that I really like. The biggest with the character Emme, not the development of her, is how she hangs onto every tiny mistake that she’s made, instead of looking to the future. She laments over everything that could have been, instead of making her future better, and I feel like this captures that thought process of everyone reading it, at one point of another in their own lives.
There was a lot of jealousy that went on in the book. Just from Emme to the girls that Brendon previously dated, to Brendon feeling his masculinity threatened when Emme seeks help from a male classmate in math as well as in her writing class. Of course, we see a bit that it was intentional, and they did it to make the other person jealous so no harm, no foul.
A couple logistics, the book is told from 1 point of view, which I haven’t read in a while, and it was really fun because it leaves a lot of questions that the reader just has to wait until the end to find out because we don’t have that instant truth-be-told moment from the opposing character’s point of view.
* A little spoiler alert* skip to next paragraph if you don’t want to know :) Honestly, the ending was a bit cheesy, with the two characters, Brendon and Emme admitting to each other the signs that they have been seeing about them supposed to be together. While it was sweet, it just seems out of place. I get it with Emme as she was the one that was obsessed with her crystals and the number and horoscopes throughout the entire book and got it from her grandmother, bit Brendon never once mentioned anything about it, and I believe he even said that it was a bit annoying when Emme did it.
Another thing, the book just felt long. Page length wise, it’s 290 pages, and most books I read are longer than that, but the writing pace was just slower, which looking back on it, I appreciated. But one thing that came up was that I would read a little bit, go do something else, and then come back to reading it, and completely forget what happened when I left off, so a recommendation for you is to set out some time to read the entire thing. I quite enjoyed the slower pace, because it allowed me to just relax for a little while, when everything I do in my life is crazy fast and hectic.
The author knows the tone that teenages take on, and go through the insecurities that pass through our minds daily. As a teenage blogger myself, there have been countless times where I go through the same thoughts as Emme did: What if I just did that instead of this? They don’t think this part of me, I should change myself, and the author also captures the tone at the end of not submitting to the pressures.
Of course, if you know me at all, you know that I’ve been a bit more into graphic design lately, and so one thing I have got to comment on is the cover. Honestly, I didn’t choose to read the book based on the cover (which is a good thing because you should never judge a book by its cover) but it is part of the overall appeal of the book. If you are just passing by it, it’s the first impression that it makes. I like the darker colors, because it recognizes all the darkness that Emme is going through, throughout the book. Looking back at the cover, after finishing the book makes me realize one thing about the cover. The main idea that connects this book together is the horoscopes and numerology, and I think that the cover could have done without the giant star in the middle and could have gone for a subtle background with the different signs on it. But then again, it’s just my opinion, nothing bashing the author or the cover artist.
Overall I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). While there were parts that I didn’t completely like, there was enough of the good parts that made up for it. There were a couple plot holes that I found (or it could also just be me missing the parts) but it wasn’t that big of a deal because the overall idea was still presently clear. The ending was nice and sweet as it tied the whole romance together, but a bit cliche at that, but I don’t dislike it; I love a good happily ever after ending so that was all good. I recommend this book if you want a novel that takes place over a longer period of time, and if you have a good chunk of time to read it.
I know this review was a little all over the place, which is very unlike me for a review, but that’s just all my thoughts I had while, and after finishing the book. As always, I want to know what you think about the book: have you read it? Will you go and purchase it? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. AND don’t forget to come back tomorrow where I kick off my April’s A Post A Day challenge with the schedule of all the posts!
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