The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West

Synopsis

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.

Review

Kasie West writes the sweetest books ever, and every time I read a new one, it becomes my favourite.

I adore Hayden. He’s a little geeky, fiercely loyal, and fun and witty. I like that he’s an actor. I like that he’s overanalytical and overcaring.

I didn’t really like Gia at first. She was absolutely as superficial as she blamed herself to be, and I was really afraid of what kind of story I was getting into. But I think it’s a huge part of growing up to stop caring about so much external validation, especially nowadays when social media makes it easier than ever. And I definitely understood her with the whole, “Befriending people to acquire their votes” thing. That’s the pinnacle of high school student government, after all (and really, it happens in university too).

This book was by no means profound, but it definitely made me happy. I don’t know how comfortable I was with the bullying, as it wasn’t very realistic. There really aren’t such clearly defined boundaries between “cool” and ‘uncool.”

As much as Gia learned to find herself, I really didn’t like a lot of the supporting cast members. Spencer and Eve, ugh. Her parents. Her brother. Bradley. Jules. Even Claire and Laney! Why can’t people just be real and nice to each other? I’m glad Gia’s learned to try in new ways.

As a whole, this story ended up better than expected (especially after the first few chapters, which had left me tentative!). Kasie West does not disappoint, as always.

Related Reading

  • On the Fence – Kasie West
  • The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
  • #scandal – Sarah Ockler

Rating: 5/5

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