Friday, June 26, 2015

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Released: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: bought/paperback

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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. (from Goodreads)
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! I've always said that Kasie West is a master fluff writer, which is saying something because fluff, as the name implies, is hard to take seriously a lot of the time. This has never been the case for Kasie's books. The Distance Between Us and On the Fence were both fun, romantic stories with real and interesting characters that made me so happy! The Fill-In Boyfriend followed in the same vein, but I felt like it had a little something extra.

Gia Montgomery has never been dumped and never does repeats. Being popular, senior class president, and nominee for prom queen, this has never been a problem for her. Her life is perfect, or so she thinks. All that changes when she's dumped, doesn't win prom queen, and her frenemy starts questioning Gia's sincerity. Suddenly Gia feels this need to validate who she is... by lying. And that's where Fill-In Bradley comes in. For that one night, he saves Gia's reputation and all is well in Gia world. But, as fate would have it, Fill-In Bradley is in need of her reputation saving services as well, and so begins one of the sweetest romances I have ever read!

I love how Gia transforms throughout this book, in part because she doesn't really change. She is always simply Gia, but she becomes more of herself - more sincere, more caring, more self-aware. Her priorities change. She discovers that people sometimes hide behind there masks, and that she can't judge them for that. When she's thrown into unknown territory by Bradley and frenemy Jules, she learns what true friendship means. She learns that just because you do the right thing doesn't mean the results are always pretty, but the right thing should still be done. 

That being said, my favorite part of this book was Gia's developing relationship with the titular character, The Fill-In Boyfriend. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH *swoons*. I mean, the first few times we see this guy he's wearing Firefly and Dr. Who shirts. What is not to love? He is so not Gia's usual, but his charm and suave in saving her at prom would make any girl go gaga over him. He and his rebellious sister Bec are easily my favorite characters. These two together, with their down to earth humor and realistic outlook on life and just plain sass (mostly on Bec's part), help Gia transform into a person that people actually like, rather than someone they put on a pedestal. 

I can't exactly pinpoint what made The Fill-In Boyfriend so much better than its two predecessors. Maybe its because of the deeper social issues and the effects of social media that are explored, or simply the fact that Gia and Fill-In Bradley's chemistry makes my heart pound like no other. It doesn't really matter, because either way it landed itself on my all-time favorites list.

I would recommend The Fill-In Boyfriend to fans of Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. It's about how people change each other, for better or worse, and how every girl needs to find men who wear geek shirts to date because those guys will be the best. 

 am i causing you to think outside yourself
 for once
- Anberlin, Velvet Covered Brick


  1. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this one! I've been seeing it around quite a bit lately and it seems like a cute summer read. I'll have to check it out. Great review.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. It really is! All of Kasie West's books are PERFECT summer reads. They always give me the warm-fuzzies.