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.”