The Fill-In Boyfriend

As usual, Kasie West has made me laugh and internally cry at the same time. Lke, how is that even possible?? I just don’t understand? Send help.


18660447._SX318_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

3.5/5 stars

Okay I just need to say right off the bat that this cover is pretty damn cute. Am I right or am I right? Thank you!

I totally forgot I requested this book from the library until Libby told me my hold had been filled and the book was sent to me. I also didn’t look at the summary before reading it so the events that unfolded were quite the surprise for me!

I’m learning that I actually don’t hate going into a book without remembering the summary. Turns out I might actually enjoy some of this spontaneous stuff? At least as spontaneous as reading a book can get lol.

Anyway, this is probably up there in my list of favorite Kasie West books! It has a pretty average rating, but you’ll soon see why I really liked it.

Things I Didn’t Love

  1. There was a lot going on in this book and not a lot of in-depth page time for all the conflicts. Some things seemed to be brought up and shortly abandoned while others seemed to be major conflicts but resolved too neatly and quickly to seem that important. I know Kasie West books tend to be on the lighter side but I wanted more depth from some areas.
  2. We kind of glaze over the whole 17-year-old dating a college junior thing and that’s definitely not cool. True, their relationship was very surface-level but it was never addressed beyond “Hmm, maybe don’t do that? But also we won’t actually stop you” from Gia’s parents and others around her.
  3. The pacing overall felt rushed with the glazing over of some conflicts. I think Kasie West book would benefit from some POV changes so we can feel closer to the other characters. I think this would help the pacing so things didn’t feel so one-sided and rushed.

Things I Enjoyed

  1. The examinations of perfection, self-image, and self-worth were interesting to read about. Although some of the developments in this area seemed rushed, the messages and ideas behind these conflicts were genuine and important.
  2. This point relates to the above point, but the character development was pretty good. Gia does sometimes come across as self-involved but that’s kinda the point, and she grows a lot throughout the book.
  3. The romance was cute! Hayden was a pretty strong character by himself and I enjoyed the way he helped Gia grow.
  4. The friendship elements weren’t perfect but they were real. Sometimes things don’t work out, even when you’ve been friends for years, and this book looks at how to deal with growing apart and what it means for the future. We also got to see new relationships grow which was definitely enjoyable and led to some funny scenes.

All things considered, I rather enjoyed this book! Sure, some things are pretty surface-level and irregularly paced, but the messages and overall cuteness of the book help it along. I tend to rate Kasie West books amongst one another rather than all books because they seem to be in a league of their own. They’re such light, fun reads but still bring up some important and relatable topics. I don’t go into them expecting anything very profound but I still find myself reflecting after reading them and having a good time while reading them. I’d recommend this for sure!

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