BOOK REVIEW: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

18660447ISBN13: 9780062336385
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344 pages

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.

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“I don’t like the words ‘I’m fine’. My mom tells me those two words are the most-frequently-told lie in the English language.”

I’ve been meaning to read this book since last year but I couldn’t make myself buy it since I know that I don’t read a lot of YA Contemporaries anymore. But when I saw someone selling it for a good price I grabbed the opportunity and bought the book already. And I’m really happy with my purchase! It was in excellent condition and I also enjoyed the book.

The story goes when Gia is left in their school parking lot on prom night by her boyfriend. Since, one of her “so-called-friend” was doubting that she really did have a boyfriend. She resorted to finding someone who could fill in for her ex-boyfriend, Bradley. Lucky for her, there was a guy in the parking lot who agreed to be her date for that night. And that’s where the white lies started.

Personally, the book really screamed high-school drama for me because of the set-up. But it was more than that. It is more than high-school rivalry; it also revolved around friendship, betrayals, family and discovering yourself. Maybe this is what I missed in reading YA Contemporaries. It could have just been an ordinary love story but it was not. I love how it also showed character growth. Gia realized that she didn’t need to be perfect and well-composed all the time. She learned that she didn’t need constant approval from people around her. I also love how Hayden character in this book because he was not trying to sweep Gia off her feet but he helped her realize a lot of things. I also love their Mom and of course her sister Bec. I love how they are much open to each other and they you could really see that they really have each others back.

Overall this was a very light and lovable book. I just wished that the ending had more pages. I felt that it was rushed for some reason. But, I got the ending that I wanted. So maybe that is enough for now. This won’t be my last Kasie West book though, I found out that I still enjoy these kind of stories and maybe I should have a few more in my shelf.

Thank you for reading up until here! Until next time! xo

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