The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Author: Kasie West
Published: May 5th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.


Would you ask a complete stranger for a huge favor if it entails salvaging you out of the most embarrassing moment of your high school life? Me no, but Gia did. To save face she asked a stranger to fill-in as her boyfriend because the real one dumped her on the spot. But she didn’t think that her impromptu date could be a memorable one.

I’m not unfamiliar to Katie West’s cute contemporary stories. Compare to the last one (On the Fence) I think I liked this one better. There’s something about Gia that I really understand. All that high school situations where we sometimes prioritize companionship because we fear of being isolated. This made Gia behaved by the book, but unlike those typical popular girls (that I mostly read), she doesn’t want to compete too much within her group. How she didn’t want to directly participate on the rivalry her other friend actively wanted to do. I think his brother captured that via his film albeit wrong way, it still made her realized she has so much to learn and to experience. But this action wasn’t just Gia; even her parents acted like too proper that sometimes it felt cold and ironically uncaring.

This makes the sister of her stand-in boyfriend a very important character. In fact, I would even say that she is the most unforgettable one. Bec is a tough girl who says what’s on her mind. She helped Gia understand things that she had taken too lightly; like it’s ok to yell and say the things she really wants. I think the friendship formed between them was the one I enjoyed the most. Well, the romance wasn’t all too shabby too so I guess there is that.

I know, you know, we all know that sooner or later Gia will fall for Hayden AKA stand-in Bradley. I guess, that was kind of him to wait for her as he saw what happened to Gia and the real Bradley. And I also didn’t take it against him when he trusted his friend more. He was in situation where needed to choose and ultimately made him lose a friend. But everything worked out in the end. In retrospect, a few problems weren’t as established as would’ve hoped but it didn’t weigh too much on grand scheme of things.

I think Ms. West fans will surely love this book. It has all that cutesy, fun & real elements that many readers liked/loved about her books. As far as my enjoyment goes, I can firmly say that I did like it.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “But I’m flawed. I’m flawed because I haven’t experienced anything to teach me any valuable life lessons that make me a better person.”


16 Responses to The Fill-In Boyfriend

  1. Kezia says:

    Hmm I don’t think this will be a mind-blowing read, but it does sound like a typical Kasie West book. Still, I’m pretty excited for it since I’m quite a fan of her work. I wish Kasie West would write something like Pivot Point again… .

  2. Annie says:

    Yay so happy you liked it Mitchii! I LOVED On the Fence and enjoyed Distance Between Us so have been looking forward to this book for AGES. So it’s very promising to hear that you liked it more than On the Fence Great review Mitchii! 🙂

  3. Shannelle says:

    Another contemporary of hers that I have yet to read. *sighs* Though this one doesn’t seem like the best of the lot, though.

  4. I’m 20% into this one right now, and SO FAR I’d have to say that I like On the Fence more. >_< I understand Gia's reasons for doing the things she's doing, but I'm really having trouble connecting with her right now. I'm really loving Bec right now though. I love how much she cares for her brother's feelings. 🙂

  5. Faye M. says:

    For some reason I just can’t get into Kasie West’s books! I do know that they are very cutesy though and light-hearted, though, something that I am fond of reading only on certain moods and days.I’m glad to know that you were able to relate to Gia, though! I think that’s important if a book’s set in a high school setting/contemporary.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I don’t think Gia can be my best gal pal but she was ok. I wasn’t wowed by Ms. West books but I found pretty enjoyable.

  6. Ahhh, I can always count on Kasie West to write a sweet love story! Even though I’ve read only one of her contemporary books, On the Fence, which was really nice and heartwarming. It’s good to know that you enjoyed this one a bit better, because it does sound a lot more original, and having a relatable protagonist always helps.

    Bec sounds awesome, and I love that Gia had such a good friend beside her, as opposed to all those other “best friends” who turn on the main character whenever something like this happens. And I’m glad that the romance was okay, too, though it sounds like it could have used a little more oomph.

    Not sure if I will read this, but it does sound like a fun and satisfying book as a whole. 🙂

  7. I usually adore Kasie West but I honestly have no idea how I’d feel about this one. I’m going to try and get my hands on it anyway just because I want to see how it goes. Thank you for sharing your review Mitchii!

  8. Kasie West always surprises me, because she is one of the few authors can make me fall in love with a contemporary. I loved Gia’s development and the extra depth that was addded. Plus, her banter with Hayden was hilarious at times 🙂

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