Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I’m slowly getting through all of Kasie West’s books and I am loving them! So far I’ve read: The Distance Between Us, By Your Side, and now The Fill-In Boyfriend. I have On The Fence on my TBR pile for this month and then I have to buy the rest of hers that are out! But I’m loving this Kasie West kick I’ve been in.
This one is another 4.5 stars for me. And it’s not surprising, for the same damn reason as By Your Side and that is because I didn’t care for the friendships that Gia had in this one. They weren’t stellar at all. So, I’m hoping that in some of her later books that changes. But so far I haven’t really cared for most of the friendships the main characters have.
Regardless of the lack of great friendships. I loved everything else about this one. I loved the fake relationship which is my next favorite trope right under the hate to love trope! I loved Gia and even though I didn’t love her friends at the beginning of the book, the friend she makes through this book, Bec, I absolutely loved! I wouldn’t mind seeing a story around Bec at all!
As for the romance… I loved the romance between Gia and the Fill-In (I’m leaving his name out because it’s better that way and I don’t want to ruin it for you!) They’re so sweet together and they become friends while they’re doing the fake relationship and then they fall for each other and it’s just so great.
The only other issue I had with this book was Gia’s family. They are super problematic. I am happy that they are present, but they kind of suck. But I get why Gia is the way she is and does the things she does because of who raised her.
If you’re a contemporary romance fan definitely give Kasie West a shot!
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