Release Date: 5th May 2015
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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.
I can always count on Kasie West to give me the best fluff. It’s been years since I read her first fluffball (I don’t know, it just feels right), and she hasn’t disappointed me since. The Fill In Boyfriend was delightfully cheesy, light-hearted (for the most part), and shiptastic. I enjoyed every moment of it, even when I was stressing out over the characters’ lies when they were getting out of hand.
It should be apparent that the characters are a little immature in the beginning. I mean, Gia, our main character, pulls a random guy off the street to pretend to be her long distance boyfriend so that her friends a) believe that she actually has a boyfriend, and b) don’t find out that said long distance boyfriend just dumped her. If that doesn’t clue you in, then I don’t know what will. But Gia, thankfully, goes through a lot of development, and by the end of the book she sees that lying to everyone she knows is not worth it, especially over something so small.
To be entirely honest, I couldn’t remember the love interest’s name. Hayden. It’s Hayden. There are just too many YA contemporary guys for me to keep track of now. But anyway, I liked him, and I totally shipped him with Gia. There were a few moments that almost made me squeal out loud, because West writes the cutest scenes and dialogue.
How would I rate this against Kasie West’s other contemporary books? I’d probably put it between The Distance Between Us (my all time favourite of hers) and P.S. I Like You, meaning The Fill In Boyfriend comes in at second place. Congratulations, book!