The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Language: English

Pages: 343

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.


Good Quotes:

  • [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?”
    “What’s that?”
    “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.

The Runaway Dolls | Book 3 in Doll People

Title: The Runaway Dolls

Author: Ann M. Martin + Laura Godwin

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Family

Publication: Hyperion Books

Publication Date: October 7 2008

Pages: 352


Best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, a new doll name Tilly May. She’s arrived in a mysterious package…but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelle’s long-lost baby sister? It’ll take a runaway adventure to find out for sure. Are the dolls ready for a life on the road?

My Overall Review:

Lately I seem to have been choosing lots of books out of series. First Death By Latte, then The Princess Plot, and now this. I didn’t realize until we got to the part of Mean Mimi, that for sure there were some previous books before this.

I think this book was absolutely lovely.

I felt a bit sad, when I read about all the dolls, just waiting for someone to take them home. Especially poor Angelica, who had a worn mouth. I was thankful when the authors added in Charlie, who took the worn out dolls to the Doll Hospital.

I also have to admit that Mean Mimi freaked me out. It reminded me of the Goosebumps series, and the actual T.V show that gave me nightmares as a little child. I was thankful when Annabelle was awoken from her hallucination. I sure hope when I read the second book in the series (The Meanest Doll In The World) I will be able to keep myself together.

The illustrations by Brian Selznick brought the book to life. I throughly enjoyed the black and white drawings that laced the pages.

I love how the authors brought each and every character to life. From Tilly’s silly (but reasonable) questions, the younger boys’ attitudes, Tiffany’s friendship, and Annabelle’s worries, everything was so realistic!

It was a good book, and I would recommend to anyone looking for a good, and mystery-filled read.




Children’s Book Alert! Yummy Stories by Lil L. Alexander


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Yummy Stories Children's Book Cover Yummy Stories Book Cover by Lil L Alexander

When I was a kid, I loved to read! I would have loved this book too, for many reasons. The book I am reviewing here is Yummy Stories: six stories to stimulate your mind and appetite by Lil L. Alexander. This is an honest review I am doing in exchange for receiving a copy of the book from the author, who found me through The Indie View. I do not make money in any way from this review; I support Indie writers!

The book is such fun. It is intended for kids ages 4-8. It has six stories within the illustrated book. The illustrations, by the way, are brightly colored, high-quality and fun; they enhance the story and would keep children interested in the read. The illustrator is Anda Cofaru.

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Halloween Happy + I’m Stupid.

Hey Everyone!

Happy Halloween Guys! Yes I know I wrote “Halloween Happy” on my title.. ANYWAYS, what are you all going as? Me? Well, I’m a pirate. Arrgh..

Haha.. Well, yesterday I realized that I wrote “Witty Blog Reviews” when I was thinking of “Witty Book Reviews”. So the website url is wrong. So I am going to change it. SO, if you were looking for blog reviews, this ain’t it. This blog is for book reviews. 🙂 I’m going to change the url now to




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