Contemporary, Review, Romance, Young Adult

The Fill-In Boyfriend | Kasie West

Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 05/05/2015
Genre: Contemporary. Young Adult. Romance.
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
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.

Review
I was completely hooked on this book from the very first page, which resulted in me finishing the entire book in only one sitting.

My heart went out to Gia when Bradley left her in the parking lot before her senior prom, but I knew that everything would go wrong once she asked Hayden, a guy waiting to pick his younger sister up, to be her Fill-in Boyfriend for two hours.

When Hayden’s sister, Bec, asks Gia to return the favour and go to Hayden’s ex-girlfriend’s graduation party for three hours, how can she refuse? All throughout these scenes, I kept on shouting at the book for the characters to stop being completely clueless, but, as per usual, both characters remained oblivious to each others feelings until it was too late.

I only have one qualm with The Fill-in Boyfriend and that is the fact that, to me, nothing seems to get resolved at the very end. Yes, everything explodes in Gia’s face, but it all is just left unresolved. The only thing that we are certain of, is Gia and Hayden’s relationship. I would have liked to see, a few months down the line, if Claire and Gia made up and whether or not Jules’ lies are revealed.

As The Fill-in Boyfriend is a standalone novel, in my own mind, I like to think that Jules’ let slip to Claire about her lies and that Claire does end up rooming with Gia at UCLA.

If I had to pick one character to be my all time favourite from The Fill-in Boyfriend I would definitely have to pick Bec.

This is the first book by Kasie West that I’ve read, but I know that it definitely won’t be the last one that I pick up.

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