“The seen,the known, dissolve in iridescence, became illusive flesh of light that was not, was, forever is.”
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Link to Goodreads
Young Adult Contemporary
Read: 20 June 2015
My Rating: ★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This book definitely put me out of that slump. The Fill-In Boyfriend is not just a fluffy contemporary read, but it also brought tears to my eyes. Tears from sympathy towards the character, with how much they were struggling. Not only because of their situation with their friends, but also, from discovering themselves and being the best version of ‘me’ they can be.
The main girl, Gia Montgomery, is such a wonder lead. I enjoyed and loved her character development throughout this book. It was a refreshing experience. There’s a huge difference with her personality from the first chapter to the last.
Sometimes, you just really need to surround yourself with the right type of people to bring out the best in you, not the worst.
Second, let me just tell you that the Fill-in Boyfriend is the sweetest guy ever! (His name’s a spoiler alert! So NO, I won’t tell you!). Anyway, they say girls like jerks more than good guys, cause no one ever likes good guys… but I seriously beg to differ! He’s one of the best main characters I’ve encountered. He’s so charming and irresistible!!
Overall, this was a quick and easy read. So far I’ve only read three from her, including the Pivot Point duology, and I must say that Kasie West is a skilled writer! Her writing style feels genuine, and not at all difficult to get in to. I really need to read the rest of her books! I’m greatly satisfied. 🙂
“I like you too much… and that scares me because apparently those trust issues I mentioned before extend to not even trusting myself or my feelings that can mean I’m going to hurt you. Again. I don’t want to see you cry. It rips my heart out.”