The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West
Released: May 5, 2015
Purchase the Book: Amazon
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. (Goodreads)
The Fill-In Boyfriend has taken the number one spot as my favorite contemporary story of the year. I loved Kasie West's previous contemporary books so I have been counting down the days until The Fill-In Boyfriend was released.
The Fill-In Boyfriend is the story of Gia who is dumped by her boyfriend in the parking lot at prom. She enlists the help of a guy who is waiting for his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend. In return, Gia will owe her fake boyfriend a favor.
Gia was a really well developed character. She learns a lot about herself through the course of this book. She isn't perfect, but she acknowledges her mistakes. West did a great job with portraying that phase of trying to figure out the type of person you want to be. Gia is growing up and her perspective on the world is shifting. She realizes that maybe the person she has been needs to change and that her family isn't as perfect as she always thought. West realistically depicted how people can grow apart too. I also loved the side characters just as much as I loved Gia. They were each very well developed.
The plot was fun, cute, and dramatic. I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. I just became so quickly invested in the lives of these characters. I love West's writing because I really think she does a great job at capturing the teen voice and the types of things that they deal with on a daily basis. I found myself writing down so many quotes.
Overall I loved The Fill-In Boyfriend! I especially loved that the theme of this story was growing up. This has definitely become my favorite Kasie West book. I can't recommend picking up this book enough!