title: the fill-in boyfriend
author: kasie west
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.
“We rarely find a depth by looking inside of ourselves for it. Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story, Gia. When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.”
Pacing: 5/5 stars
Plot: 4/5 stars
Characters: 3.75/5 stars
Overall: 4.25/5 stars
The Fill-In Boyfriend seems like a cliche, romance novel from the title, cover and synopsis but it actually has so much more to it. It is a little different from Kasie West’s other novels, as this had kind of a finding yourself aspect to it, instead of her normal romance novels. This made it so much more enjoyable, but I felt that some of the characters were rather undeveloped, and some of the problems that were faced by the main character weren’t resolved in a good way, and I thought that was where the author could’ve done better in.
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In my opinion, I thought that more could’ve been done on the topic of Jules. After reading the book, we still don’t know much about Jules, except that she fights a lot with her mother. Gia is always seen as this popular girl, perhaps a little less meaner, but you’ll discover that she has a lot more depth to her, and I liked how much she grew throughout the entire book.
One thing I liked was that “Fill-In Bradley”‘s name was kept mystery until about 1/3 through the novel, and I also liked that they played games and stuff like that. I liked how much Hayden’s family was so open with each other, a complete opposite from Gia’s supposedly “perfect” family.
I also liked how Bec and Gia’s friendship progressed, but I thought it would’ve been a little better if Hayden’s mother was featured more in this book and if we got to know more about Bradley, since we never got to know him a lot except from that prom scene, the phone call and that scene in the cafe.
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