Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 006233638X (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062336385 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Without fail Kasie West always manages to deliver a flawless contemporary romance that I completely adored. This is by far my favorite read of the year so far and I would recommend it to anyone that likes good clean young adult romance novels!
Opening Sentence: In some part of my brain, probably the logical part that seemed to be missing at the moment, I knew I should let go and walk away, maintain some of my dignity.
Seventeen year old Gia Montgomery just got dumped by her boyfriend Bradley in the parking lot of her school right before prom. Normally breakups aren’t a huge deal to Gia because she tends to not get too attached, but this breakup is a huge inconvenience. Gia and Bradley have been dating for two months now but he lives 3 hours away and he is in college so she still hasn’t met any of his friends yet. Tonight she was going to introduce him to all her friends to prove he existed. You would think her friends would just believe her, but there is member of their little group that is more a frenemy then a friend and she is always trying to undermine everything Gia does to the rest of the girls. Ever since she claimed to be dating Bradley this girl has been planting seeds of doubt that he doesn’t even exist.
You can see that this breakup would cause a huge dilemma for Gia. Instead of going into prom alone and telling her friends what really happened she comes up with a great new plan. There just happens to be a cute boy sitting in his car when Bradley takes off from the dance, and Gia asks him to pretend to be Bradley for just one night. It’s only a few little lies that won’t hurt anyone!
Things go perfectly, but Gia can’t seem to get the fake Bradley out of her mind. When his sister calls in a favor to help out the fake Bradley, Gia quickly agrees. Not only does she owe him, she also can’t wait to see him again. They go to his ex-girlfriends graduation party where a few more white lies are told! But Gia soon finds herself falling for fill-in Bradley and all the white lies have created a web that is starting to unravel!
I was actually surprised by how much I loved Gia. Girls like her tend to drive me crazy, but she was written so perfectly I couldn’t help but adore her. She starts out as a really sweet, vain girl that has a lot of growing up to do. She is really naïve about a lot of things in life, but watching her realize all her faults was both heart breaking and inspirational. I think that a lot of people will be able to connect with Gia because they have experienced some of the exact same things. I know that I went through some similar experiences in high school and because of that it made my connection with Gia more personable. I think that her story is not only one you will enjoy reading, but it is also one where you can learn some great life lessons as well.
Hayden has officially become one of my all time favorite book boys! He is sweet, cute, nerdy, smart, and totally swoon worthy. I love that at first sight he’s not probably someone you would notice because he tends to be more reserved and while he isn’t bad looking he’s not drop dead gorgeous either. But as you get to know him it is impossible to not fall head over heels in love with him. He is loyal to a fault and he is one of those guys that actually listen’s to what you have to say. His relationship with Gia is funny and beyond adorable! They are one of those couples that just fit, and they are perfect for each other. I know that I am totally gushing here, but seriously this boy will charm your socks off!
The Fill-In Boyfriend will make your heart melt with the budding romance, amazing characters, and an inspirational message! I will honestly admit that I sat down one night to read this book and I finished the entire thing in one sitting. From start to finish it was just perfect. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times, then the next moment I was starting to tear up, and finally no one does a better job of making me swoon then Kasie West does. She knows how to weave such a fun, imaginative story that captures my heart every time. The characters are developed perfectly and the romance will leave you breathless. Another amazing aspect to this story was how realistic it all felt. I haven’t been in high school for quite a while now, but everything about this story brought me right back there. Every book I have read by West has left me awe struck and I always think there is no way she can keep doing it but she does. If you are a contemporary romance fan you need to read this. If you like clean romance you need to read this. If you are just looking for a fun book that will melt your heart into a gooey mess you need to read this! I seriously can’t say enough good things about this book and honestly everyone should go and read it now!
He reached up and took my face in his hands. He pulled me toward him, the desire in his eyes spelling out his intentions.
“Don’t do it unless you mean it,” I whispered, inches from his lips.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of The Fill-In Boyfriend. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.