Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Published By: HarperTeen
Published: May 5 2015
Age Group: 11-16
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 Overall Review:
So starting the book, the break-up didn’t really make sense. I would hope for some more drama, and possibly more realistic? I don’t know.
Gia’s character sometimes disappointed me. She could act pretty shallow at times. I completely understand wanting to stay in the picture, and having a friend who’s out to get you, but I wish she had trusted Clarie more. She was flawed, but I liked that too. She was realistic.
Gia’s parents made me want to pull my hair out, strand by strand. They were almost too fake to believe until the very end when Gia tried to improve her relationship with her mother. They had almost no personality previous to that.
I loved F.I.B! (I’ll keep his name a secret for those who haven’t read the book yet) He wasn’t perfect, but he would be the type of guy I would want and he respected Gia. F.I.B was pretty realistic too, especially when he had problems choosing between Spencer and Gia. He had trust issues like any other real human. I loved him!
I had different feelings toward Bec in the beginning but, I kinda grew on her. She was very sweet on the inside, and I loved how Gia’s relationship with her improved throughout the book. Bec was really honest, and that’s what made her so funny.
“Sit. Start your rant whenever you’re ready. I will be here to egg you on.”
Jules ticked me off so much like
If we were checking, I would think that Jules was definitely the villan/bad guy in the story. Jules was your stereotypical.. you know what. I don’t think I’ve ever hated another character so much than Jules. Yes, she was having problems with her mother but there is a limit to feeling sorry for someone.
The ending wasn’t ideal. In fact, as I got closer to finishing the book, I figured that not all the friends would make up and Jules would apologize. It wasn’t a bad ending, things just didn’t go as I had hoped.
- [Fill-In Bradley] pointed at the olives I had picked off my pizza. “What’s going on there?”
“I’m not an olive fan.”
“There were other options without olives.”
“I like the flavor the olives leave on the pizza. I just don’t like the texture of the olive itself.”
- “I could try to guess your preferences.”
“My preferences in a kiss?”
I nodded, our faces still very close together.
“My preference is simple-you.”
- “Chin up. There are other fish in the sea. It’s a big ocean. Sometimes we need to catch and release a few before we find the keeper.”
- “You know what we’ve succeeded in doing with this game?”
“Increasing the anticipation.”
He laughed. “I know, right? Can I just be fill-in Bradley forever?“
- Bec spun in a circle once, her arms outstretched, then she grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me. “You are awesome. Revenge is awesome.”
Olivia cleared her throat.
“Because I have a very, very immature brain,” Bec added.