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!