The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Book Review


The Fill-In Boyfriend


Kasie West

Publication Details:

May 5th, 2015 by Harper Collins




352 pages




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.


This was such a cute contemporary! I’m not usually a fan of romance and such, but I could not help but love this book.
Although the protagonists did stupid stuff all the teens do, I didn’t feel the urge to roll my eyes.
I connected to Gia the most, in all aspects, and was surprised by how much resemblance there is.
We often let others decide what we do and what we are, in the hopes of fitting in and being liked by the society, but we forget that we cannot truly pretend to be this perfect person and be happy at the same time.
What matters is your own self, and not what others think. And there might also be a chance that they’d like the real you.
Lying to people close to you will not only cause problems and hurt, but can also make someone stop trusting you forever. I guess its human instinct to defend ourselves but we should know when to stop the pretense.
I absolutely loved Hayden and Bec. They were all I ever wished for, a great sibling relation. But I guess not everyone is that lucky haha since I don’t even have a brother or sister.
Olivia was just as amazing. wild yet concerned, crazy but yet having the sense of right and wrong.
Although Gia’s parents were hell bent on pretending to be perfect, the ending made it all fine.
I love how she realized that it didn’t really matter that things weren’t turning the way she wanted to and that it was fine.
She realized that even though she probably lost her best friend, and it would never be the same again, it was okay because they had their share of togetherness and it was time to make new friends and venture into something new alone.
I liked the sarcasm, the cliches and the stereotypes that were used in this book. It was an incredible experience.



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