Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

6 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, July 21, 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.

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) Let’s talk about your main character, Emme. How did you think her up and is there any of you in her?

I took an experience I had covering sports where I saw an athlete who had just broken up with someone well-known and I started thinking about how would the next girl handle the role of being his girlfriend. That influenced how I wrote about Emme dealing with how everyone thought Brendon’s ex, Lauren, was perfect for him. I tried to imagine how that would make you feel anxious and uncomfortable as you knew people were sizing you up. Emme has my sense of humor and is probably the character most like me out of all the ones I’ve written.

2) How did you get the idea for the novel?

I was watching a TV show about JFK Jr. on TV when I started wondering what it’d be like to date someone like that back in high school. From there I started getting ideas about what the Brendon character would be like and what we might not know about the challenges of being that guy. Then I started thinking about the situation from the girlfriend/main character’s point of view. I filled a journal up with notes and ideas for dialogue that first week.

3) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

People who turn their math class daydreams into a book career…and the imaginary friends who love them.

4) We’re always curious about where ideas come from. How much comes from your own life experiences?

There are several scenes that came out of my real life. The scene where Emme sees Brendon with his perfect ex-girlfriend (who’s still into him) at a football game happened exactly like that to me in high school. I happened to hear a song on the radio that had been playing at halftime by the concession stand—don’t ask me how I remember that—but it sparked such a vivid memory that I stopped what I was doing and grabbed a notebook and just started writing down everything I remembered from that moment. The song triggered all the feelings I had felt all those years ago.

Emme’s relationship with her grandpa is also taken from my own life. However, the grandma is not based on my own. That threw my mom when she read it. She said she saw grandpa, but wondered who the grandma was based on.

5) If you could have one super power what would it be?

To be able to read minds. I’m incredibly snoopy, although I guess curious is the more socially acceptable word for it. I started out in journalism and I think the link between creative writing and journalism is being extremely curious about everything. I love reading biographies and memoirs and just learning what makes people tick. If I could read minds I could learn so much more about people.

About the author:

Krysten Lindsay Hager 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. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Grand Blanc View, and on Living Dayton.  Visit Krysten online at

Giveaway info:

Title: Dating the It Guy
Author: Krysten Hager
Publisher: Clean Reads
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2 Responses to Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

  1. Sally Shupe July 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    Love this interview!