20 February 2017
"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."
Kasie West’s books were recommended to me a while ago by a good friend, and I am SO GLAD she was! The Fill-in Boyfriend was charming and funny and heartfelt. I loved the sly geek references and the way that Gia ended up taking a good look at herself and her priorities. She wasn’t necessarily a bad girl or a mean girl, but I love how she moved from being a shallow high school princess to someone with substance by the end of the story. And Mr. Fill-in Boyfriend grew too. Life is about growth and change and improving ourselves, and stories whose characters remain static are so much less fulfilling than ones where the characters strive to be better versions of themselves. That’s why I comment on it so much--it’s THAT important.
So, take the time to dig into The Fill-in Boyfriend. I think you’ll love it.
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