In gritty, lyrical, often heart-stopping verse, Lyons’ surefooted debut depicts a teen artist’s struggle to see the difference between need and love. A breathless, stay-up-all-night read.
— Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of The Sound of Letting Go and Audition

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.


Dating Down
By Stefanie Lyons




I grew up in a small town in Kansas and now I live in Chicago. However, no matter where I am, I'm perpetually cruising the Square, crushing on boys, organizing my locker, practicing my clarinet, or getting ready for prom. In my head, that is. Because my teen years were great.