The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
“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.”
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 expectations for this book might have been too high, as I am a huge Kasie West fan. Gia and her friends were extremely immature and represent all that is wrong with high school social standards. Jules is the absolute worst, I could get past how mean and conniving she was.
However, this is a quick and easy read and although there are a lot of cliches it was still enjoyable. Gia does undergo a journey and learns that the way she viewed the world with a focus on popularity and social media is not a richly fulfilling life.
Hayden and Bec saved this book for me. Hayden is adorable and the perfect book boyfriend. He is a little dorky and perfectly adorable, I love how he made Gia want to become a better person. Bec doesn’t back down and is fiercely loyal to the ones she loves. However, this is my least favorite Kasie West book. 3/5 Stars.