Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tour Mini-Review/Giveaway!! Dating The It Guy, by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome to the blog tour for 
Dating The It Guy
sponsored by
YA Bound Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring an 
excerpt with mini-review.
There's also a 
tour-sponsored giveaway!!

Dating The It Guy
Trade Paperback/Digital Edition
266 pages
Clean Reads
March 21, 2017 
Contemporary Romance, 
Young Adult Fiction


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. 

Although I've only read the excerpt below, this novel has just shown me, again, why I LOVE to read YA. I am reliving something I never even lived through.... I know that sounds very paradoxical, but it's completely true, alas! These are the types of conversations I can only WISH I could have had while I was in high school. My sister and I weren't even allowed to date until we were over 18. And we were sent to an ALL-GIRL Catholic school. As if things couldn't get any worse, the school was run by....NUNS. Groan....... So this is why I LOVE to devour YA books!!  I already LOVE these characters! The interaction between Emme and Kylie is so funny, as well as typical of this age. Hager has captured their world perfectly. And I want to go to the art fair, too! (My husband can take me, lol.) In short, this is a super cute, totally engaging read, and besides, that cover just ROCKS. This book is MINE. 
End. Of. Story.

He put the magazine between us, and when I moved forward to see it, he put his arm across the back of my chair. Now lots of guys did put their arms on chair backs; even Kirk did that with Rory, and he definitely wasn’t interested in her, but I couldn’t help but hope it meant something. I got this shivery feeling, and he asked if I was cold. I shook my head. I always got a feeling before something major was about to happen, and it has nothing to do with being cold, but I didn’t know why I got the feeling. Grandma used to do the same thing and always said, “Somebody just walked across my grave.” Somehow I didn’t think Brendon would understand if I told him I needed to move my future burial plot to a less high-traffic area.
“Are we still on for the art fair?” he asked.
I had only been circling it with hearts on my calendar since he asked.
“Sure, I think I’m still free,” I said.
We finished up our work, and he walked me out to meet Kylie.
“Okay, I’ll pick you up at three tomorrow,” he said, walking off.
“Can I ask a stupid question?” Kylie asked as soon as Brendon was out of earshot. “What’s he like? Because he’s so well-known, and I can’t imagine what it’d be like to grow up with your whole life under a microscope. I mean, my mom remembers his first birthday party pictures being shown on the news. And he’s hot, but he’s not like I-know-I’m-a-hottie hot, but more like a confident, ‘Yes, I am hot. Any questions?’ I mean, he has to have noticed there aren’t any guys who look like him walking around.”
“I should tell him what you said.”
“Don’t you dare,” Kylie said.
“I get what you mean—he’s grown up with everybody knowing his dad and watching him, but he’s pretty down to earth.”
“So what’s up with you two? You guys didn’t do any work last Saturday, and now you’re going to an art fair.”
“I dunno. He just asked me to go with him.”
“Asked you to go with him as his study buddy or asked you to go with him because he’s desperately in love with you?” she asked.
I said we were just friends, but she wouldn’t let it go.
“Okay, duh, obviously I like him, but let’s be honest. He’s out of my league. He’s out of most people’s league. It’s weird because normally if I like a guy then one of two things happens—either he likes me and asks for my number…or I find out he’s not into me and I cry in my pillow and listen to man-hating music for at least three days,” I said. “But this time’s different because he’s, I dunno, not just ‘some guy.’ I mean, I’m not putting up a shrine to him in my room, and I haven’t rooted though his garbage can, but I have as much chance of going out with him as Kirk does of getting an ‘A’ in this class.”
“You listen to man-hating music?” she asked, and I narrowed my eyes at her. “Whatever. Anyway, Em, he’s asked you out once already, and you are seeing him tomorrow. Plus, he’s always staring at you.”
I said he was probably just bored in class today, but she wouldn’t let it go.
“I’m not just talking about today. When we watched the movie on Monday, he watched you instead, and whenever I see you guys, he acts like there’s no one else in the room,” she said.
I couldn’t hold back the big, stupid smile spreading across my face. “He does? For real?”
She nodded. “You know, it’s weird. Here you were all upset you didn’t have a partner at the beginning of the semester, and then you ended up with like, Mr. Perfection, as your partner.”

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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.


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  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Dating the It Guy! I based that art fair on the one in Birmingham, Michigan ;)

    1. Hi, Krysten!

      I need to clarify....I've only read the excerpt I included in this post, not the entire book. I'm sorry that I gave that impression.... I've gone back and fixed my mini-review. And of course I do intend to read the entire book, as I already LOVE it!!

      I'm going to Google the Birmingham art fair! I had not heard of it before. And I can't WAIT to read your book!! KUDOS to you on its release!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!! Have a WONDERFUL day!! <3 :)

  2. Thanks for sharing the lovely excerpt and giveaway! This book sounds cute :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Hi, Brittany!

      You're very welcome for both!! I LOVED the excerpt myself! And yes, the book sounds very cute indeed! I want to read it soon!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! Good luck on the giveaway!! <3 <3 :) :)


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