Book: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Date Published: May 5th, 2015
Date Started: May 10th, 2015
Date Finished: May 11th, 2015
Other Novels Reviewed: Pivot Point, Split Second, On The Fence, The Distance Between Us
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.
I am in love with Kasie West’s books. In my eyes, she writes pure gold. I loved her Pivot Point Duology (I wish there were more!), and her contemporaries alike. I had been dying to get my hands on The Fill-In Boyfriend for months, and once it came in the mail, I couldn’t read it fast enough.
So lately, I’ve been complaining about this trend in contemporary books where the main character gets into a new relationship and that automatically means that she’s fighting with her friends in some way. This sorta happened in this book, but I don’t think this story would have worked if that wasn’t the case. It was the one time I am accepting of this and I’m totally fine with it. It did actually add to the tension in the book. It was almost needed.
I didn’t see this novel so much as a romance but rather a personal growth story. Everything is so simple in Gia’s life from her perfect family, her perfect grades, her perfect friends. But I think everyone knows that those who are perfect on the outside tend to hide their problems deep inside. That was true, I think, for everyone in Gia’s life. And then comes Mister fill in (I’m not spoiling his name because that adds to the romance!) and makes her realize that she doesn’t need to be perfect. I really liked that about this story. She didn’t go through this whole transformation thinking that she needed this guy in her life. She went through this transformation thinking that she needed to be herself. Be comfortable. I think thats a really important lesson because I think we all go through that in high school. And then again later in life over and over again, trying to figure out who we really are. Hell, I’m still trying to figure that out.
Gia’s friends really irked me, and thats why I think the story needed the whole friends fighting plot. I think there was so much pressure to be perfect in her circle of friends that she had to lie. And then when everything slipped up, they were cold, especially Jules who was basically a bully. I hated that everyone justified her actions because she was having a tough time with her mom. That does not give her permission to be a bitch. One thing that really pissed me off about her friends was the fact that they kept defending Jules whenever she did something bad, but not once did I ever see them defending Gia in the same way. In all honesty, I think Gia could do better. And I think she did with Bec, the sister of Mister fill in. I thought Bec was awesome. She really understood where Gia was coming from unlike her other friends.
I liked that the romance was simple, but it had its flaws, like most real romances do. Their relationship started off with telling other people lies, and it was hard for them to get around that. I liked that Mister Fill In was nerdy. Actually I had a really funny moment with this book. So Gia found Mister fill in and he was wearing a shirt with a phone booth on it, which only means Doctor Who. I just happened to be wearing that same Doctor Who shirt with my Doctor Who bookmark in my book. I laughed really hard and thought this book must be made for me! ANYWAYS, I liked Mister Fill In. He was flawed as well. He had trust issues. I mean sure he came with the typical blue eyes and all that junk, but he still had personality flaws and seemed a little insecure himself.
This book was a great start to my summer reads (even though it just snowed a little while ago.) I read it in under 24 hours, like I do most Kasie West books. I think this one was my favorite contemporary of hers yet. Check this one out if you need a light romance in your life!