The Fill-In BoyfriendThe Fill-In Boyfriend
Author : Kasie West
Genres : contemporary, Young Adult
Publication : May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen

This review contains some spoilers. I wanted to discuss some topics that are in this book, so …

Goodreads’ synopsis : 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 boyfriendโ€”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 partyโ€”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.

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I picked this one up because I wanted a cute contemporary read. I wasn’t expecting so much “depth” on some serious topics !
It indeed started as a light story : Gia Montgomery is left by her boyfriend just before her prom, on the parking lot. Not wanting to lose her friends’ trust, she decides to find a fill-in boyfriend. And the guy in the car parked next to her seems perfect for that.

Plot :

I was expecting a simple cute contemporary story. And it was cute. But it also deals with more serious topics.
It’s about Gia feeling alone and lonely in her own clique. She feels she will lose them if she comes to the ball alone. She feels the need to lie to them. Hence the fill-in boyfriend.

She hides behind her perfect life. But that’s not entirely her fault. Her parents are avoiding any conflict or serious conversation. She was raised that way, in a perfect family, where everything seems fine.
She doesn’t know how to speak her mind.

I was humiliated for the girl with the social media addiction. The girl addicted to the validation of strangers. She didn’t even know what she thought until someone told her what to think. She didn’t even know who she was.

Her brother made his documentary on his sister and what I will call her social media addiction. Or the so called “fame” that can come with it. I found his work really interesting to be honest. It’s a realistic portray of teenagers obsessed with how many retweets or like they’ll get on their latest post. The social medias can amplify the trust and self confidence issues that come with the teenage years.

I loved how this book is focused on the friendship. How Gia doesn’t want to lose Claire friendship even though they have outgrown each other. Gia is trying her best to stay with her clique, despite Jules doing her best to turn her friends against her.
But Gia has changed. She realized that she is not like her friends. She starts to hang out with Bec and Hayden.

I never wanted anyone to have this much power over my emotions again. It was safer to keep to myself, to keep things on the surface. Things ended better that way.

I really wasn’t expecting this. The difficult topic of it is to feel out of place, a fraud. It was particularly well written.

Characters :
– Gia, at the beginning is a brat. But she changed so much. She sees what’s wrong in her behavior and tries her best to do what’s right.
– Hayden is such a cute swoon-worthy guy. I enjoyed his relationship with his sister.
– Bec is awesome, my favorite character in this book. At first she hates Gia but gets to know her and even starts to like her.
– Drew acted as a bastard but it’s his clumsy way to help his family.
– Claire is a strange friend. She can clearly see that there are tensions between her best friend Gia and Jules. But yet she decides to ignore it.
– Jules is a she-devil. That’s the “friend” that loves to create drama.

Overall I really enjoyed this book ! I just wish we could have read about the changed Gia a little more ! That’s why I gave it 4.5 stars.

I was humiliated for the girl with the social media addiction. The girl addicted to the validation of strangers. She didn’t even know what she thought until someone told her what to think. She didn’t even know who she was.

4 stars

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About the author

Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.


    1. That’s why I said that there were spoilers ๐Ÿ˜‰ don’t want to ruin it ๐Ÿ˜… but it was impossible to talk about something I found important without spoiling a part of the story ๐Ÿ˜•

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  1. Aw, this seems so cute! โค I haven't had the chance to pick this one up, but it seems pretty fun (Also I hear this author is great with contemporaries) and the cover is really delightful. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! And the friendships seem pretty awesome.

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