Tuesday, August 4, 2020

TBR Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
Paperback, 343 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: May 5th, 2015

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 Review:
Okay so if you watch my progress on Goodreads you’ll know this book took me forever to get through. I was on the struggle bus the vast majority of the time I was reading this story. I’m not sure why, but seriously I would read one or two chapters then put the story down, then read another one or two chapters and stop. It was touch and go for a while until I finally just sat down and pushed through. Now you may be thinking with all these struggles I wouldn’t end up liking the story, which is so what I thought was going to happen. I ADORED “The Fill-In Boyfriend.” The story was absolutely amazing.

Gia Montgomery’s college boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot on their way into prom. She’s been having trouble with one of the members of her friend group constantly challenging her on the fact that her boyfriend Bradley isn’t real. Well, now she’s in a world of trouble because she doesn’t want her non-friend to make fun of her at the dance. So, she meets this adorable guy in the parking lot, a complete nerd, and asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. One date where she breaks up with him for “cheating.” That was supposed to be the end of it until she can’t stop thinking about fake Bradley. Then FIB’s (Fill-In Bradley) sister Bec asks for Mia’s help with her brother, stating that she owes him. So, she pretends to be FIB’s girlfriend to his ex’s party. Things begin to get more complicated as you tell.

The Fill-In Boyfriend. What an amazing novel. I hadn’t read anything by Kasie West prior to this story, but if this is what all her stories are like, I am a huge fan. There’s amazing story development and the story is realistic. I couldn’t imagine a better story for such an amazingly titled book.

Mia, man oh man at first I didn’t really like her. She’s kind of shallow and I mean I wanted her to just trust her friends, and I found her a bit shallow at times. However, Mia grows so much throughout this story and I couldn’t have loved it more. Mia realizes she should have told the truth and she was growing away from them for a lot of reasons. I think that happens in high school and I just loved the overall message of this story.

FIB is amazing. He’s super dorky and sweet and while he makes some mistakes regarding Mia and his own life, I gave him a break. I loved his character and loved his interactions with his friends and his family, who are AMAZING, and with Mia. I also liked that he was honest with Mia and he took her out to have fun even though they weren’t dating. The whole story with FIB and Mia was adorable.

In summary, this book is adorably amazing. If I were a teen I would have loved this book and I love it so much now. It’s perfect in every way and while I had a rocky start I think this book's amazingness and character growth more than made up for that.

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, BY YOUR SIDE, LUCKY IN LOVE, LOVE LIFE and the LIST, LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, FAME FATE and the FIRST KISS, MAYBE THIS TIME, and MOMENT OF TRUTH. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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