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.
What does TWG think?
Being completely honest, the cover of the book is why I decided to say yes to reviewing this book today. Whilst I am quite a bit older than people in high school, I knew that I would need to open my mind and go back to my teenage years. Would I have picked this book based on the blurb alone? Probably not. Am I glad that I chose to read it? Surprisingly, yes.
I had an inkling that ‘Dating the IT Guy’ would be either hit or miss when it came to me liking the book. I don’t read that much YA, but when I do, I enjoy being able to not be an adult for the duration of the book. Adulthood is so serious, so when it comes to reading a book about high school boyfriends and friendship dramas, I welcome those situations with open arms as its much tamer than real life. Where were these sorts of books when I was growing up? We never had a book which held our hand when it came to a boyfriend/girlfriend cheating on us! Good on Krysten Lindsay Hager for putting that subject into her storyline to prepare YA’s for real (and highly unfortunate) situations.
I found this book to be pleasant enough. It didn’t blow me away yet I could appreciate the authors thought behind the storyline to a point. Personally, I do think that parts of the storyline come across as a little bit immature for high school students as it makes them appear whiney. That said, I still found the storyline enjoyable to a point and think that it is a good ‘in-between’ book for the younger generation, especially given the fact it covers the topic of confidence and self-esteem which, in my opinion, is an extremely important lesson for all ages.
Insightful, different, and pleasantly surprising, ‘Dating the IT Guy’ is a nice enough read which covers a lot of important themes.
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, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy. Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Best Sellers award. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Blanc View, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.