The Fill-In Boyfriend
Synopsis: 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.
That gif perfectly depicts me for the entire book haha. Okay maybe not the beginning since she gets dumped but after that for sure. I am so glad that this was the first book that I read and finished in 2016! It hooked me right from the beginning. I think it had a lot to do with the fast pace of the book. It started right off at prom and didn’t have any useless introduction. The plot was really interesting and while it isn’t such a new concept, I like the different aspects that West created within the story. Her writing was great and like I said, it keeps you hooked. I read it in one sitting and didn’t sleep until the next morning! The plot was light and fluffy and it kind of has a sadder part towards the end of the book, which I fully expected considering the synopsis … plus, it was too good to be true for a book to be this happy haha. If I rated with half stars, I’d knock off 0.5 star because of the ending. I couldn’t believe that it ended there. I thought it needed another chapter or an epilogue or something to completely wrap it up. That, however, doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the ending. I liked the direction that West went with it but I wish it had more.
The characters are the beacons of this book! I absolutely loved them. It’s a short book so don’t expect characters of extreme depth and substance but this doesn’t mean that they were one-dimensional. The main character Gia was a great dynamic character. I loved her growth throughout the book and that West delved into the problems of social media in our time and how many people look for validation from people they don’t even know as a way to make up their identity. The one thing I didn’t understand about Gia was why she would hang out with people who thought something was wrong with her when she was trying to become a better person. But hey — everyone has their flaws. The absolute best character in this book would have to be Hayden! It takes you a while to get that name but it’s so worth it! He is beyond amazing and his personality was so swoonworthy! There has to be a Hayden clone in real life. He was just absolutely sweet and funny and witty!
I devoured the conversations between Gia and Hayden! They were so flirty and adorable. I loved the friendship that they formed as they were faking to be each other’s boyfriend/girlfriend. It felt so real and I’ve got to be honest, I cried in this book because of how cute they were! Another lovable character would be Hayden’s sister, Bec. She was so strong and independent and I love how much she protected and loved her brother, even though he was the older sibling. Hayden’s family was just great and it was the complete opposite of Gia’s family and I loved the multiple kinds of personalities that we get from this book. I fully recommend this book if you’re looking for something light and fun to read! I am looking forward to reading more Kasie West books! Any recommendations?