Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 346
Source: Edelweiss

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.


True to Kasie West’s style, The Fill-In Boyfriend simply oozes adorableness and a little life lesson, too.


Seriously, the romance in this was almost perfect. When Gia gets dumped in the parking lot on the night of prom, she manages to wrangle in a fill-in Bradley (FIB, ha) to be her date and right from the beginning they’re adorabs.

“[…]But work on the non-creepy version of he no-eye-contact thing.”

He took my hand in his, kissed it, gave me his smoldering stare, and said, “Well I only have eyes for you anyway.”

Seeing Gia and FIB’s fake relationship with all its awkward “wait is this just for show, or is he really falling for me” moments, and cute flirting made me happy. Heck, it took Gia weeks that included attempted stalking, paying a debt, and 20 questions before she even got his real name (which is Hayden by the way). But they actually did develop a strong, and caring relationship, as they both worked out some personal fears.

Hayden, Hayden, Hayden, he was so sweet. And witty, and charming, and so much smoldering~

He concentrated for a moment then turned a smoldering gaze on me. Wow. He was good.

“That may be a little thick.”


I love that he helped Gia become a better person. Not that Gia was a bad person, but she was a bit shallow, in that she didn’t really see anyone outside her own little sheltered world. I actually really liked Gia and was rooting for her the entire way. She was just a little naive but when she realized her behaviour wasn’t okay, she tried to change. I was hella frustrated with Gia’s family and her so-called friends (especially Jules, such a horrible person) and their pretty bad treatment of her. So I extra glad that Gia found a good friend in Bec (Hayden’s sister). They were surprisingly a pretty hilarious pair.

Overall, it was fun and delightful read. I loved that this book was more than just a love story, and that it was also a bit of a journey of self-discovery. But fret not, there’s still lots of endearing romance, wonderful friendships and funny moments to keep you entertained.

“I’m trying to be a better person. Some days it works.”

“So the whole lying thing? That was part of being a better person?”

“No, that’s what started this journey.”


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West”

  1. I definitely need to cheat on my TBR a little and read this one next because it sounds super adorable! 🙂
    Thanks for the great review.

    ps. I LOVE THE GIFS 😉

    1. YEEES! Do it!! It’s super adorable! Hope you enjoy it!
      Thanks (:

  2. Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Cyn! I’ve been meaning to read another book by Kasie West and this just sounds so sweet and adorable – perfect for me. I need to meet Gia and Hayden …soon. Thanks for the wonderful review (drooling here). Happy Friday 🙂

    1. Definitely read more! They were so cute, hope you love it, Kim!

  3. Yay lovely review! I really liked this one a lot too. I really enjoyed the fact that we saw growth from Gia and she REALLY tried to change her behavior and the way she acted toward her family and friends. She wasn’t terrible but realized that she could be a lot better.
    Also yayyyy for swoony parts! They were too cute.

    1. Exactly! Gia made me very happy (: Yes to the swoony parts! I’m glad you enjoyed it, too!

  4. Yea! Love the review! It made me want to read this one even more.

    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy it, it’s definitely worth reading!

  5. I already had this in my sight for a while, but now I definitvely want to read it very, very bad… Smoldering gaze…

    1. There were many smoldering gaze, haha. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  6. Awww this sounds like a super cute fluffy and adorable romance! I liked that their relationship kind of developed from a fake one hehe.

  7. I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK SO HARD. But seriously, Kasie West does slow burn SO WELL. I Just- HAYDEN. I love how once she started to figure out that she doesn’t want to be the person she was, that it was him who messed up, because he did seem a little too perfect. And exactly which exactly, she wasn’t a bad person, and like Bec said (I think it was her) it’s one thing to be oblivious and another thing to intentionally hurt someone. I still want a Hayden. And slap her brother. And her friends. And kill Jules. <- Psycho bitch. I mean, seriously though? Who tries that hard to "prove" she was lying, which, okay, she was lying. But she wasn't exactly lying about the real Bradley. So really, her point was invalid anyway. I want to reread it already, haha.

  8. I love fake-to-real relationships stories. Excited to try this!
    Jen at YA Romantics

  9. Good review. This sounds like such a cute story and I like how she uses the fill in boyfriend. 😉

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