TITLE: Dating Down
AUTHOR: Stefanie Lyons
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: April 8th 2015 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Poetry
PAGES: 336pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (netgalley)


4 ★★★★


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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 . . . and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can’t resist him. 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 create a story filled with hurt, healing, and hope.






“I will call him X.
for the reasons I crossed him out of my life.
for the number of times I plunged into self destruction.
because his name would only give him a place in your mind that he does not deserve.”


Do you have an EX? I have. [sorry you didn’t know mom :(] Anyway, if you have.. why did you bro– I mean, you will relate to this book 😉 If you don’t have, CONGRATS PLS FIND THE RIGHT GUY AND READ THIS TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT EX.

Samantha Henderson thought it is love already with this guy she met in a coffee shop. Let’s call him X. X is the guy she thought she ever want in a guy. She started falling in love even though friends started saying he’s trouble. See, X is a bad boy. But Samantha is falling in love so she refuses to see it. But when Samantha started losing things and people that really matter, she must re-think if Love is what she’s really feeling.

Okay, let’s get to the point– the main character is stupid. She is. It’s not Insta-love, Smanatha already liked this guy befoooore and then he started noticing her and she started losing brain cells. Honestly, I don’t know what to feel because it was so stupid and naive of her.. but weren’t we in that position before? Like, haven’t you ever  thought ‘oh, this is love. this is it’ even though you’re the only one who actually thinks that? Hmmm? Hmm?

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. Dating Down isn’t just about a girl liking a boy, it’s also about friendship, family and self realizations.

I mentioned that Dating Down is written in verse and it was amazing. Lyon’s verses is not that hard to understand, on point and yet intricately written. I really recommend this for people who love poetry, but even though you’re not, I still think that you will enjoy Samantha’s story.

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.