Dating the It Guy Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: March 21st 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.
If you could be any age again for a year, what age would it be? Why?
When I read this I immediately thought of going back to college—age 21 and redoing that whole year. I was going to school and doing TV news internships as well as writing for a newspaper where I was thrown into that whole media world. I was too naïve and around a lot of shark types not so much in the industry, but in terms of the people who I was interviewing from different walks of life: politics, sports, public figures, etc. I was also dealing with losing my grandfather who I was super close to. I was in a bit of a fog from his passing, but in a way, I think that kept me from making stupid decisions.
I really went through it that summer with trying to keep up with that fast paced life and experiencing things like office politics and sexual harassment. I’d like to go back to that time with what I know now and redo things. Back then I felt helpless and like I was just trying to keep my head above water. I’d like to relive that time just to speak up but not just for myself, but for the girls who would have those jobs after me and be subjected to the same treatment from so many people.
Looking back, I see there were a few older women who did give me some solid advice and warned me away from situations where I could have gotten in over my head. I wish I could get in touch with them to thank them for that. There’s one I am still in touch with and I was able to let her know how much I appreciated her advice back then. We met up a few months ago and we had a great talk reminiscing about those days. It’s nice to look back and see someone who went out of their way to help me out. I hope I can do that to help someone else out, too.
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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