Dating the It Guy Playlist By Krysten Lindsay Hager.
When I was writing Dating the It Guy I had a lot of songs I kept replaying over and over again that inspired certain scenes in the book. Since the book’s release, I’ve found new songs that I’ve added to the book’s playlist. So here are the songs that were inspiring me while I was working on Dating the It Guy over the years and the ones that came out after that are perfect for the book’s soundtrack.
Stay by Alessia Cara and Zedd: This song came out just after the book released, but I had to include it on my playlist because the lyrics feel like something Emme would have written in her journal about her relationship.
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez: This song sums up how Emme feels as she’s trying to distance herself from Brendon and not care so she doesn’t get hurt. Yeah, it doesn’t work.
Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith: This song has the same closed off hurt Emme feels after being cheated on by a previous boyfriend, John. That hurt and wall around her heart explains why she’s so on and off with Brendon, too.
Something that You Said by The Bangles: This is one of those songs that’s perfect for the girl who has herself closed off to love and then her boyfriend breaks down that wall she’s built up around her. If you don’t know this song then run to YouTube to check out the video.
You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift: The scene in the video where Taylor’s frustrated by her crush’s infatuation with the stereotypical “perfect girl,” when she knows she’s right for him totally sums up how so many of us have felt watching our crushes from a distance. Emme’s no different.
End of the Road by Boys II Men: This song is on the list simply because it was playing over a loudspeaker at a football game when I witnessed my ex with his new girlfriend just like Emme does with Brendon. I was in the car one day and the song came on and it was like I was transported back to that age and I felt all those up and down emotions slam into me. I had never had such a physical reaction to an old song before and I knew I had to write that memory down right away to capture it right. I knew right away it was an Emme and Brendon moment. And yes, it is awkward still to go back to that memory.
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol: This song felt like how Brendon felt when he was with Emme and away from his high-pressure world with his dad’s political career. Their song, “You Could Be Happy,” is one I heard after the book came out, but felt like it needed to be on the playlist, too.
One More Try by George Michael: Okay, I have loved George Michael since I was a kid. He was my imaginary husband, okay? Those fake vows you take as a kid mean something and this song is just timeless. This is the after-breakup song when you’re vulnerable and you want to go back to the person but you’re scared.
Like I Can by Sam Smith: The emotion Sam gets while singing this is all of us when we’re wondering why the person we like is with someone else. This is Emme looking at Brendon with Lauren and getting angry. Or Brendon and that girl she calls the Little Mermaid.
Complicated Girl by The Bangles: This was almost the title for the book. I heard the song when I was a kid and always thought the lyrics were so intriguing. It’s from the perspective of the person wanting to be with Complicated Girl.
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Praise for Dating the It Guy:
- “Dating the It Guy is an entertaining story that is as absorbing as it is hilarious.” Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
- “A satisfying YA romance that is really about growing up and learning how to deal with life.” Writing Pearls book review blog
- “There is so much to love about this book. Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how teens think and speak, and she understands why Emme would feel overwhelmed by everything about Brendon – his looks, his popularity, his feelings for her, his exes, his family.”Vox libris: the voice of books book review blog