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The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]

Posted July 27, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars
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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.

My Thoughts

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!

four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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Welcome to Your Life [Review]

Posted July 20, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Welcome to Your Life [Review]Welcome to Your Life by Katrina Marie
Published by Katrina Marie on August 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 147
Format: Paperback, eARC
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-half-stars
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My Thoughts

Welcome to Your Life was a lovely read and I’m not just saying that because the author is one of my dear friends. I’m saying that because it really was a lovely read.

I loved Tonya, the main character. I loved her so much. Tonya decides to break up her relationship with her high school boyfriend Jake. And thank goodness, because he is a real class-A jackass. And then she finds out that she’s pregnant with his baby. But even though she is pregnant with his baby, she makes the right decision by NOT going back to him because he really wasn’t ready to be a father yet nor someone who can emotionally support Tonya.

Having given birth a short 3 months ago, being pregnant and the things I went through are still stuck with me and watching Tonya go through that stuff made me relate to her even more. I really related to Tonya. She didn’t do any of those birthing classes and it was a little refreshing to see that because I decided to wing it and I didn’t do any of those classes either. I figured my body prepares itself for the pregnancy and delivery, my body will tell me how to breathe during delivery. And guess what, it totally did.

I saw a review say that Tonya doesn’t really eat healthy during this pregnancy and that reviewer didn’t like it. But guess what. When you’re pregnant, there are some things you just don’t want. And sometimes you’re repulsed by certain foods. It happens. When I was pregnant a good cheeseburger with grilled onions on it always made me happy. Yea every so often I’d want a really good salad, but I craved cheeseburgers and hot sauce more often and totally gave into those cravings. And I’m a decade older than Tonya is.

But anyways, back to my review. Within Tonya’s journey, she is continuing her education by taking classes at the community college and I loved that she still stuck through school while having a bowling ball of a stomach. I give her a lot of credit. While taking an art class, she meets Reaf. And let me tell you, Reaf is a total stand up guy and I adored him. If my daughter brought home Reaf.. I would definitely approve of him! He liked Tonya for who she was and he didn’t care that she was pregnant with another man’s baby. He truly cared for her and did whatever he could to make her life easier. And I really respect that about him!

Another thing that I loved about Tonya was that even though she had so much on her plate, when her best friend Cami needed her, she was still there no matter what. I really loved the friendship between Tonya and Cami and I cannot wait to read about Cami’s life in the follow up companion to this!

I think you all should give this one a chance! It’s got tough issues but a really sweet romance as well!

four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Stephanie
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