Title: The Fill-in Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult

Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★


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“We rarely find a depth by looking inside of ourselves for it. Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story, Gia. When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.”
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.


3 of 5 stars to The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West


There’s something about Kasie West’s books that leave me a little less than satisfied, hence the usual 3-star rating. I liked it but didn’t love it. There were some factors missing that could have made it an amazing read but nevertheless, I enjoyed it and for me, that’s what matters most. The book never did promise a ground breaking plot or story. It delivered what it said in the synopsis. It was a book made for light reading not a philosophical, life changing one. And for once, I like that it didn’t sound pretentious. Some books have intriguing blurbs that failed to reflect in the actual chapters and with West, you are sure not to be fooled. She knows what her books are. I love her for that. Anyway, at the end of the day, she’ll still be one of my go-to authors when I feel like reading YA.