Publisher: HarperTeen (May 5th 2015)
Paperback: 352 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.”
Find Kasie West:
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.