Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary YA
Rating: 4/5 Stars
When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
Spoilers in this review!
Apparently, this wasn’t the first book that I’ve read by Kasie West but I was surprisingly pleased by this one. It was on sale for a few bucks on Kindle, so I got a copy without really knowing what it was about.
At first, I wasn’t a fan of Gia, but she grew on me… West did a great job with that. Though her friends were horrible, I really just wanted her to be done with them. I loved how West never really gave us a resolution with the end, but it still felt okay that her and her friends weren’t on good terms when the book ended. Gia was always just the girl who wanted to be perfect at everything, even being a girlfriend, but once Hayden came into the picture, things changed. She became a likeable character.
I’m a huge fan of ‘istalove’ in YA contemporary but that didn’t happen in this one. We don’t actually have Hayden and Gia get together until toward the end of the novel, to my surprise, I actually liked that and it was very realistic. There were times I wanted to punch Hayden and there were times that I thought he was THE most amazing (fictional) boyfriend that I’ve ever read. Seriously, he was so kind and compassionate, I assume he got that from living with his single mother and his younger sister. Hayden had my heart melting throughout this novel…
As for the real Bradley, I’m glad he only existed in two to three scenes, he seemed like a slimeball.
Gia’s parents really bothered me (as did her brother), her father was so passive about everything and her mother was a control freak, robot who wanted her kids to behave a certain way without expressing themselves. I really wanted to see Gia break down her mother’s walls toward the end, just a little bit more.
Fill-In Boyfriend now puts me 5 books ahead on my reading challenge! I think it’s going to be a great year of reading for me! If you’ve read any of Kasie West’s books, which one should I check out next?