The Fill-In Boyfriend
Harper Teen, 2015
Paperback, 343 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 newfound relationship.
This is my second Kasie West and what I’ve discovered is this: her books are cute, light, and perfect for an easy and enjoyable reading experience.
The Fill-In Boyfriend is essentially about a popular girl who realizes that she’s been shallow this entire time and through lies, she actually discovers who she is – or rather who she wants to be. In the process, she finds a cute guy with depth and new friend in this guy’s sister. Oh, right. And she sort of loses her best friends along the way because of her lies but she’ll be okay since she’s got that new boyfriend and friend. In typing my own version of the plot, I realized that it may seem like I’m mocking it. But I can honestly say that I’m not. Not really. But just that the plot seems kind of generic but that’s exactly why I enjoyed it. Every so often, I like to read something a little lighter and not so serious.
So just like the book, I’m keeping this review sweet and simple. The Fill-In Boyfriend a perfect pick if you’re looking for something easy and light to read.