Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
This was my first time reading this author, and I think she’s going to be a new favorite to add to my list. I bought her other two contemporary books and will be buying the two sci-fi/fantasy books soon. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked it, but there were some things that made me not love it wholeheartedly.
One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that it was an entertaining and quick read. I read it in two days (50% each day). It was a cute read with a little bit of humor and a huge amount of fluffiness. This book is pretty much Fluff City, but that’s totally okay with me. I love fluffy, romantic reads.
I really loved Gia’s fill-in boyfriend. I’m not going to spoil the suspense by giving you his name, but it’s a cute one. Like all boys, he has some less than sparkling moments, but he’s still adorable. He’s a new addition to my book boyfriend list. I also really liked Bec and some of the secondary characters. I liked Gia, but she kind of annoyed me a little bit too. I think it’s because she’s popular (or seems to be), and she doesn’t notice that her friends are kind of crap and mean. I think Gia changed some throughout the novel, but I still think she has a way to go before she’s really a different, better person. I noticed some inconsistencies while I was reading; I think that’s part of the reason why I ended up giving it 4 stars.
I was so busy reading that I didn’t make note of any good lines from the book, but I did make some comments while I updated my progress on Goodreads. There was at least a couple parts where I could guess what was going to happen before it happened. It seemed a little predictable, but that’s okay. Being predictable isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The ending was kind of open-ended and didn’t really satisfy me as much as I’d hoped.
Final note: A really good book. I think Kasie West will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen and maybe fans of Meg Cabot as well. I can’t wait to read Kasie’s next book! And I can’t wait for her new book, P.S. I Like You, to come out in July 2016.