Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
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.

Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Review:

What do you do when the guy you’re dating dumps you right before meeting your friends—friends who’ve never seen him before and are starting to doubt he actually exists?

Why, to save face you grab the nearest, handiest guy in the parking lot.

This story brought to mind one of my favorite quotes by Sir Walter Scott – “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive.

Gia found out firsthand what a tangled web it was indeed. Trying to hoodwink her friends especially the newest one, an interloper hell-bent on stealing her friends away from her.

Like all teens do, she has to deal with peer pressure, the desire for popularity and trying to discover her own identity.

I liked how she met Hayden and their interactions were sweet and fun. Hayden’s sister was a hoot and their mother was pretty cool.

I felt for Gia, at her painful realization of how different her own family was, at her efforts to have a closer relationship with her brother only to find out how big of a jerk he was.

It was very touching how Hayden and his sister rallied around her.

Gia and Hayden uncover some hard truths about each other but what’s best about this book is their character growth and maturity. They both realized what true friendship meant and the things that mattered most.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was witty and fun and sweet and emotional all at once.

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