{Blog Tour w/Guest Post & Giveaway} Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager @KrystenLindsay

 

 

Dating the It Guy

by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: March 21st 2017

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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Dating the It Guy: Character Bios

 

Emme Trybus: Emme is a high school sophomore who lives in a wealthy suburb of Detroit with her parents and grandfather. She’s trying to come back from a breakup with her ex, Jon, who cheated on her. Emme is very close to her grandparents and would do anything for them. She is a loyal friend and girlfriend, but often doubts her self-worth when it comes to dating Brendon and when it comes to her writing ability as she starts taking a creative writing class. She’s into astrology and crystals, but finds herself changing her position on those after a chance encounter with a life coach. Emme overthinks a lot and worries she’s not good enough to be dating someone as well-known as the senator’s son.

Brendon Agretti: Brendon is the son of a state senator and grew up in the spotlight. All the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be him. He looks like he has the perfect life, but he soon shares with Emme that having your life on display comes at a cost. He always feels the pressure of his family trying to put on a good face no matter what. He wants to be a journalism major when he goes to college, but doesn’t think his dad would approve of him going off the Agretti family’s traditional course. He’s supposed to follow in his dad and grandfather’s footsteps and the pressure is there for him to exceed those expectations. He loves being around Emme because she’s down to earth and real with a boho style and he can be himself around her.

Margaux: Emme’s friend who has her own dating rules and is a bit over the top, but very loyal to her friends and knows who she is and what she wants. Margaux has the confidence that Emme doesn’t have and tries to boost her self-esteem. Emme might roll her eyes a bit at Margaux’s antics on playing hard to get, dating, etc., but Margaux wants what’s best for Emme and always has her back.

Darren Ritts: Darren is in Emme’s creative writing class and has a crush on her. He’s one of the most talented guys in the class and very funny and friendly, so Emme spends a lot of time with him. Her heart belongs to Brendon, but Darren sees cracks in the relationship and he sees his opportunity with Emme.

Lauren Hartnet: Lauren is Brendon’s ex-girlfriend and still wants him back. She’s an overachiever and winds up getting the newspaper internship that Emme originally got, but was taken from her when they found Emme was too young to drive. Emme sees Lauren as the stereotypical “most likely to succeed” perfect girl for Brendon as Lauren’s family is wealthy and well-connected. Plus, Lauren has that preppy look with the “perfect bouncy dark hair”. Lauren asks Brendon to a dance the second she sees trouble between him and Emme and that is a huge problem for Emme when they get back together.

Kylie: Emme’s best friend who is very loyal. She’s always trying to raise Emme’s self-esteem and recommends self-help books her mother reads. Kylie always has Emme’s back. She’s in a relationship with her boyfriend Zach who is a touch older than the girls, can drive, and seems to be the “adult” in the group when they go to a dance. Kylie can best be described as Emme’s person.

Rory: Emme meets Rory in a creative writing class and Rory is more of a free spirit and creative type. She’s a great writer and expresses herself in the clothes she wears and her short Edie Sedgwick hairstyle (I was picturing a modern day Edie when I wrote the character). She and Emme become good friends.

Cheryl: The life coach Emme meets at the New Age fair who shares with her that the New Age stuff can be a dangerous distraction. She advises Emme on her relationships with Brendon and her grandparents and later writes her a beautiful email about dealing with love and loss.

 
 

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EXCERPT

 

“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

 

 

 

Praise for Dating the It Guy:

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

 

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." --  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

 

 

 

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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Dating the It Guy

by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: March 21st 2017

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.

 

 

 

 Goodreads

 

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

itunes

Kobo

Smashwords

 

 

Dating the It Guy: Character Bios

 

Emme Trybus: Emme is a high school sophomore who lives in a wealthy suburb of Detroit with her parents and grandfather. She’s trying to come back from a breakup with her ex, Jon, who cheated on her. Emme is very close to her grandparents and would do anything for them. She is a loyal friend and girlfriend, but often doubts her self-worth when it comes to dating Brendon and when it comes to her writing ability as she starts taking a creative writing class. She’s into astrology and crystals, but finds herself changing her position on those after a chance encounter with a life coach. Emme overthinks a lot and worries she’s not good enough to be dating someone as well-known as the senator’s son.

Brendon Agretti: Brendon is the son of a state senator and grew up in the spotlight. All the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be him. He looks like he has the perfect life, but he soon shares with Emme that having your life on display comes at a cost. He always feels the pressure of his family trying to put on a good face no matter what. He wants to be a journalism major when he goes to college, but doesn’t think his dad would approve of him going off the Agretti family’s traditional course. He’s supposed to follow in his dad and grandfather’s footsteps and the pressure is there for him to exceed those expectations. He loves being around Emme because she’s down to earth and real with a boho style and he can be himself around her.

Margaux: Emme’s friend who has her own dating rules and is a bit over the top, but very loyal to her friends and knows who she is and what she wants. Margaux has the confidence that Emme doesn’t have and tries to boost her self-esteem. Emme might roll her eyes a bit at Margaux’s antics on playing hard to get, dating, etc., but Margaux wants what’s best for Emme and always has her back.

Darren Ritts: Darren is in Emme’s creative writing class and has a crush on her. He’s one of the most talented guys in the class and very funny and friendly, so Emme spends a lot of time with him. Her heart belongs to Brendon, but Darren sees cracks in the relationship and he sees his opportunity with Emme.

Lauren Hartnet: Lauren is Brendon’s ex-girlfriend and still wants him back. She’s an overachiever and winds up getting the newspaper internship that Emme originally got, but was taken from her when they found Emme was too young to drive. Emme sees Lauren as the stereotypical “most likely to succeed” perfect girl for Brendon as Lauren’s family is wealthy and well-connected. Plus, Lauren has that preppy look with the “perfect bouncy dark hair”. Lauren asks Brendon to a dance the second she sees trouble between him and Emme and that is a huge problem for Emme when they get back together.

Kylie: Emme’s best friend who is very loyal. She’s always trying to raise Emme’s self-esteem and recommends self-help books her mother reads. Kylie always has Emme’s back. She’s in a relationship with her boyfriend Zach who is a touch older than the girls, can drive, and seems to be the “adult” in the group when they go to a dance. Kylie can best be described as Emme’s person.

Rory: Emme meets Rory in a creative writing class and Rory is more of a free spirit and creative type. She’s a great writer and expresses herself in the clothes she wears and her short Edie Sedgwick hairstyle (I was picturing a modern day Edie when I wrote the character). She and Emme become good friends.

Cheryl: The life coach Emme meets at the New Age fair who shares with her that the New Age stuff can be a dangerous distraction. She advises Emme on her relationships with Brendon and her grandparents and later writes her a beautiful email about dealing with love and loss.

 
 

GIVEAWAY LINK

EXCERPT

 

“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

 

 

 

Praise for Dating the It Guy:

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

 

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." --  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

 

 

 

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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