The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult Romance Publisher: Harper Teen Format: ARC
Source: Received through Red Ballon’s Teen Bookclub in exchange for an honest review Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars) 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.
Reading about main character of The Fill-In Boyfriend’s life was a bit like watching a train wreck. A very witty, amusing and cute train wreck.
At the beginning of the book, the main character Gia isn’t a likable character at all. She’s a bit bratty. She’s self centered. She thinks that everyone should love her. Me actually actually liking Gia by the mid point of the book is really a testament to the amazing amount of character development that happens not just for Gia but for almost every character in this book.
However, while I did end up liking Gia a lot, my favorite character from the very beginning was the boy who pretended to be Gia’s ex-boyfriend. He seemed like a genuinely nice person, but he was also very intriguing.
Besides the characters, the main thing I enjoyed about The Fill-In Boyfriend was its humor. Even though Gia’s whole life is becoming more and more of a mess, the story is kept from being very depressing by funny and clever dialogue. Through this dialogue the book is changed from what might be a heavy romance or self-discovery novel into a sort of romantic comedy, making it into a quick and entertaining read.
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West will be released on May 5th, 2015.