Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
This was such a fun read! I loved that even while being a cute, fun contemporary, it still had a lot of real life problems behind it.
This tells the story of Gia. She's the most popular girl at her school. Prom is going to be the best night ever, until her boyfriend breaks up with her the night of the event. Her friends are desperate to see that he's a real person and she isn't just making him up. Gia must think fast if she's going to make it through the night.
The best part of this story is Gia's character growth. She had an amazing personality but we really got to see her grow and change as well. I loved how maturely she handled everything. She always tried to just make the best of her situation. Bec and Hayden made the best additions to this story. I loved how they really cared about Gia and wanted to help her but they didn't baby her.
I really enjoyed this story line. I thought it was super fun and relatable. I liked that it wasn't solely focused on the relationship between Hayden and Gia but more on the characters individually. I loved getting to see Gia find herself and become a better person. This was a one sitting read for me. I thought it was very well done! I really love the way this author writes contemporary. She's become one of my favorites!