DATING THE IT GUY Review and Giveaway!


Dating the It Guy is a lovely contemporary YA novel about self-esteem, love, heartbreak, and a whole gauntlet of human emotion. I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour today. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book

DatingtheItGuy453x680Title: Dating the It Guy

Author: Krystan Lindsay Hager

Pub. Date: March 21, 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

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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Wine Pairing

I paired Dating the It Guy with this Barefoot Rosé. The fruit flavors and hint of fizz remind me of crushes and first kisses, and the surprising depth of flavor very much reminded me of the wide range of emotion waiting to be discovered in this story.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*

 My Review


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, more heartbreaking story elements as well.

There really are plenty of swoony moments in this book, so readers looking for a little contemporary romance will certainly not be disappointed. While I loved Brendon, I also really loved Hager’s exploration of some of the insecurities that we sometimes feel in relationships. For Emme dating the “it guy” is a dream come true, but truly believing that he is superior to her opens her up to a lot of negative thoughts and emotions, and I felt like this book had a great underlying message about the importance of self love.

I really enjoyed this book, and I certainly look forward to reading books from Hager in the future.

Enter the Giveaway!

Composition notebook with Dating the It Guy cover + swag


About the Author


Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten 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 debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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Follow the Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this incredible tour! Be sure to check out their website here!

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28 thoughts on “DATING THE IT GUY Review and Giveaway!

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    That is a SUPER cute cover. I was wondering how it would fit with the whole dating the it guy part, but I love the idea of adding in horoscopes and such. It sounds like a cute read but I like how there is quite a bit of emotional depth. Your wine pairing was stunning as always. <3 Wonderful job, Krysti!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It definitely sounds like this would be a good one for you then, Danielle! Let me know if you read it. <3

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