He’s the guy every girl wants to date and every guy wants to be – Krysten Lindsay.
Emme is a teenager who falls for the perfect guy. Brendan is the ambassador’s son, on the student council, head of various school committees and he’s also the misunderstood guy who Emme just gets. There is nobody like her in his life. He can talk to her. He can show his true emotions, be himself. However, she is insecure because of her cheating ex and she tends to push him away, misleading both him and a male friend of hers who also has a thing for her. Emme has family issues which is what fleshes out this young romance of unrequited lovers in terms of high school popularity; her connection to her grandparents is loveable and heart-warming, igniting to never take a second for granted because once something – or someone – is gone, they’re gone forever.
I didn’t adore this book, and it won’t be one that I personally read again because of an array of things such as confusion with the literal, descriptive writing. Rather than showing the reader how the characters were feeling, thus creating an image for ourselves, Lindsay tended to just tell it how it was, which, for me, was quite stagnant at times. Nevertheless, there were some themes and morals that every reader can take away from this book, whether they loved it or not.
Sometimes I found Emme a little annoying as a main character. The world revolved around her a lot, like the world and fate was against her at every possible moment, which was a little infuriating but understandable as I have been a teenage girl where I’ve felt everything go wrong in life and have thought over and over, why me? The issues with friendships and boys did come running back once I let myself fall into the rhythm of reading her story. I am intensely glad that I am a twenty-five year old woman who knows how to deal with situations a little better nowadays, and that there is a world out there with way more problems than my own. I feel that Emme’s character could have been written with a little more poise, making her even more relatable if she hadn’t have been so selfish.
HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER GRANDPARENTS
This part of Emme I truly loved. She is a doting granddaughter and she doesn’t do anything for them with the hopes of getting anything in return. This part of her character is completely selfless as she only wishes that her grandparents the best of health when both are deteriorating so quickly. It is heart-breaking losing that bond with a grandparent, and it did strike a chord in my own life; Emme’s love for her grandparents is extremely relatable to every reader of Dating The IT Guy, and this part of the story, in particular, reminds us to never take anything for granted as we don’t know what is around the corner. As characters themselves, I loved the grandparents – in fact, they were probably my favourite. Her grandmother is described as a strong, fierce woman who believes in her crystals, horoscopes and fate; therefore to see her deteriorate to a woman who is bedridden and cannot so much as speak does tear at the heartstrings. Emme’s grandfather, on the other hand, is so endearing. He has traumas of his own where severe dementia comes into play. He is not the man that Emme grew up to know and love, but now she cherishes him so much more and she cannot stand to lose him to her auntie’s and uncle’s care.
INSECURITY WITH CREATIVITY
Emme wants to be a writer. She got knocked back from a summer internship at a newspaper which completely knocked her confidence. She hates to talk in front of others, especially when she has to read aloud her own written work: I can definitely relate here. She never feels that she is good enough, and I suppose that this occurs in all aspects of her life. Insecurity plays a huge role for such a young person which, as I said earlier can be very over-exaggerated when she has childish outbursts because of it. However, the point of creativity is to write, paint or record what you feel, and when she gets up in front of the audience at the writing competition, I couldn’t help but feel a little proud.
EMME’S BEST FRIEND, KYLIE
Emme has two best friends: Margaux and Kylie. Margaux is one of those friends who doesn’t make it into your twenties because she’s a little selfish and destructive. However, Kylie is a great best friend. She tells Emme like it is but in a tone that isn’t patronising or vindictive. She is probably the most mature teenager in the novel, whether that is due to her steady relationship with her boyfriend, or the way she has been brought up. I really like her as a character and it is Kylie that gives Emme the best advice, rather than saying something that would cause a rise out of her.
Have you read Dating The IT Guy? What are your thoughts? Are you glad you’re not in that youthful teenage stage where everything seems like it goes wrong when really it’s blown out of proportion?
Love, Faye xo
* This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review and taking part in Neverland Blog Tours Weekend Blitz.