The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: 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: (watch out for minor spoilers)

I am not a very huge fan of YA Contemporaries and you’re probably thinking now on why I read this book if I don’t even like this genre. Well, one of the reasons was I saw this from my Goodreads suggestions and I heard a lot of people talking about this book’s release. So then, I downloaded my own e-book and got into reading.

I had fun reading this, it was a good book to preoccupy my weekend but still, I’ve had a lot of issues with this book. The first one was the first couple of pages where Gia asks Fake Bradley to be her boyfriend/prom date for the night. I know that we’re thrust into the book knowing that Fake Bradley will agree with Gia’s terms but it really just seemed so random and unconvincing for me. Moving on to the next events, Gia is suddenly obsessed with Fake Bradley. She even thought of stalking him, even if it means going as far as to stalk his little sister. She even admits that she’s okay with stalking.

Everything aside, the main character Gia didn’t really have much of an impact on me. Her personality came off very shallow to me and I cannot connect to her at all. I know the feeling of wanting to cut off a friend from your life but she could have dealt with those problems on a more mature manner. Gia’s parents were one of my problems too. I didn’t feel anything from them. Them as characters wasn’t really strong and supportive. And as for Fake Bradley, aka Hayden, he was not a swoon worthy character. Sure he is caring, gentle and cute but he didn’t really have much of an impact on me. During the entire book, I was waiting for the feels to come but I got nothing. I guess there’s nothing really unique about his character. He’s one of your typical guys on a cliché romance book.

Overall, I’m rating this book three stars. It was an entertaining average book but completely forgettable.There were a lot of flaws but if you’re one of those people who love YA Contemporaries, then this is just right for you.


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