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Return to Book Page. Preview — Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons. When a good girl falls for a bad boy She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she'd be his and he'd be hers and they'd love each other forever. But for Samantha Henderson, X-the boy she will not name-is trouble.
He's older, edgier, bohemian. Samantha's family and friends try to warn her, but still she stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters. As moody and vivid as it is captivating, Dating Down is told in scenes and bursts of poetry that Were not dating but your still mine stephanie a story filled with hurt, healing, and hope. Paperbackpages. Published April 8th by Flux first published April 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Dating Downplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 04, Paula M. You can also read my review HERE. X for the reasons I crossed him out of my life. X for the number of times I plunged into self destruction. X because his name would only give him a place in your mind that he does not deserve. Samantha Henderson thought it is love already with this guy she met in a coffee shop.
X is the guy she thought she ever want in a guy. See, X is a bad boy. But Were not dating but your still mine stephanie is falling in love so she refuses to see it. I guess Dating Down worked for me because even thought it was written in verse which I am a fan of it was relatable. I found myself feeling for Samantha. I kept up with her struggles, her confusion and I was glad that she sought everything out before it was too late. I mentioned that Dating Down is written in verse and it was amazing.
Dating Down is for people who understands how to become a teenager, for people who has been confused about love and still figuring it out.
Dec 10, Melanie rated it did not like it Shelves: It's told completely in verse, and while I normally never have any qualms when reading verse, this one is just not keeping my attention. I'm sure this one will work for many of you, but this just isn't my cup of tea because I feel like I'm read randomly broken up sentences which is just plain annoying that contain no emotion.
Full review to come. Feb 13, Hazel Stay Bookish rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel like I would've liked Dating Down if the character development were much stronger. I just didn't feel connected to the MC or the story.
Some of the poetry was good but the rest just lacked emotional impact. I usually enjoy verse novels but I'm lukewarm about this one. Nov Kasey rated it it was ok Shelves: I did not enjoy this book. Maybe a teenager would enjoy this Were not dating but your still mine stephanie but to me it was just a string of non-sensical phrases. I think the description of the book was more descriptive than the actual book in terms of the story.
Okay, so I get it is supposed to read like poetry something like text-messaging exchanges, but it literally made my head hurt to try to piece this together. I spent so much time trying to figure out what was going on with this book that I have no clue what was actually going I did not enjoy this book. I spent so much time trying to figure out what was going on with this book that I have no clue what was actually going on.
I'm giving it two stars to be generous. I'm not even counting this on my yearly read list. Jan 03, Pauline rated it really liked it. This book suprised me and I actually liked it a lot. I can see it will be a style Were not dating but your still mine stephanie people either love or hate.
I quite like verse novels The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick is in my mind perfect - the author went from some passages "Were not dating but your still mine stephanie" straight text into free form stream of consciousness writing at times - but I felt carried away with the story. The plotting is not perfect and the situation with her step-mother seemed a little contrived but all in all it was an engaging read and I think Stefa This book suprised me and I actually "Were not dating but your still mine stephanie" it a lot.
The plotting is not perfect and the situation with her step-mother seemed a little contrived but all in all it was an engaging read and I think Stefanie Lyons has a compelling way with words.
Received with thanks from NetGalley. May 29, Sonny Mitchell rated it liked it. Having received one did not affect my views of the novel. It's not surprising for a poetry lover like me to seek out and love verse novels as well. Heck, I even seek out poetry-like elements in the prose novels I read because I'm all for lyrical and poetic prose.
I didn't know that Dating Down was a verse novel. In fact, I skipped on it when I saw it on Netgalley but when I saw Krystianna of Downright Dystopian give it four stars, I decided to give it a whirl and requested it.
I then started reading it one night that I couldn't sleep because it was short. So when I discovered that it's actually a verse novel, I knew I was in for a treat. Treat me and spoil me was exactly what Dating Down did. Dating Down is told from the perspective of Sam Henderson, a shy high school senior who paints.
And the daughter of a state senatorial candidate. The book starts with Sam telling us that this is about a boy, who won't be named, and who we'll call only with X. Dating Down chronicles her crush on X, the hipster-boho college-aged barista on the coffee shop she frequents, and their imminent relationship. It all started out cute and sweet and sure, I was actually swooning because X is definitely smooth. But he was too smooth and too good to be Were not dating but your still mine stephanie. We later learn that X is actually a drug dealer.
Sam is affronted by this but she eventually comes around to it and even starts using herself. Sam has been dealing with her mom's death, her father's eventual second marriage, the changes in her father and his lack of time for her, expectations, and quite possibly the one that nags her the most -- not living.
She feels like she's not living life to the fullest and she sees X as her getaway to do exactly this. X changed it all. While Sam gets lost in X's world, she's been ditching her friends April and Gavin, her sister duties to Melanie, her painting for her application for art school, Were not dating but your still mine stephanie her father's campaign. She becomes so engrossed in X's world that she blows off her responsibilities and every other person in her life.
It was evident that everything will come crashing down soon enough and while everything was expected, I give props to Stefanie Lyons to keeping up the ante and making us feel for Sam. All I want too is for her to live her life but I don't want her Were not dating but your still mine stephanie do it with X.
But then, I can't even fault her for finding X the edgy and shiny thing that he is because he definitely is. For someone who's been bottling it up, falling in love with X is the most freeing thing she has ever done. And if she's trying so hard not to lose him, I can definitely understand. Shit, I'm not doing this book any justice.
Even though the plot's been done before, this book triumphs in its words. This is a verse novel done right. Full of imagery and certain passages can knock you out of your breath. I can't remember how many times I just marveled at the words and how many times I just wanted to stop reading and let the beauty wash me. I am greater than a shoe size.
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