Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: The Fill In Boyfriend

Author Kasie West
Format e-book
Print Length 352 pages
Publisher HarperTeen
Published May 5, 1015

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.

My Opinion

Gia is a senior in high school about to go to prom when her college age boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot of all places. Right before they make their grand entrance. Well, she can’t go to prom without a date- so she finds some guy to pretend to be her boyfriend. One lie, leads to another and then another until she is unsure of what is a lie and what is the truth. At least when it comes to matters of the heart that is.

Gia is a very relatable main character. Everyone wants to be liked and she does try hard to be likable to her friends. But the reality is that by trying hard to be likeable, she has been hiding her true self for years. It’s a learned behavior for her- one she picked up from her parents- one she didn’t even recognize. What I adore about her is she owns up to her mistakes- accepts them and tries to makes amends.

Hayden is a great fill-in boyfriend. He would make a great real boyfriend except he comes with baggage. If Gia decides it is him that she wants she will have to understand where he is coming from. He has been burned in the past and it hurts.

Neither one of these people have great taste in friends. Some are okay but others are well- you have to read the book. Gia’s family is messed up. Her parents are “yes” parents. My children can do no wrong parents. To me this does the children a disservice- in our society there are a lot of parents like this though.

The Fill-In Boyfriend is a book to get excited about. With relatable characters- real life problems and real life consequences. A great read that may just cause you to pause and reflect on your life.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote You’re just clueless. She’s intentionally mean.

Other People

Jules- Frienemy
Claire- Gia’s bestie
Bec- Hayden’s sister
Bradley- Gia’s boyfriend
Spencer- Hayden’s bestie


  1. Oh, I hope some of that growing has to do with falling for each other! I have this and so want to read it. Pretending trope is one of my favorites!

  2. This sounds like an amazing read Angela. I agree "yes" parents are doing a disservice to their children. I like that this story was relatable, and a story that causes reflection. Wonderful Review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  3. I'm so glad to see that you liked this one! I've wanted to check it out for a while because I've been craving contemporaries lately. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. I'm super excited to read this one. It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time