| BOOK REVIEW | THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND BY KASIE WEST

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 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.

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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.
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| BOOK REVIEW | THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US BY KASIE WEST

The distance between usThe Distance Between Us
Author : Kasie West
Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication : July 2013 by Harper Teen

Goodread’s synopsis : Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

polka dots bar smallI really really enjoyed this book ! I read it in 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down !

Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.

Caymen Meyers is living with her mother in a tiny apartment, above their dolls shop. She is the perfect daughter. She helps her mother at the shop and isn’t planning on going to college the next year because she wants to help full time.
Her bestfriend is Skye. Skye is the original one. She is dating a rock guitarist, Toad. Skye wants Caymen to date Mason, the band’s singer.
But then, she meets Xander. He is rich, he is cool. Let’s summarize by : they live in different worlds. Xander’s family is rich and famous. On the contrary, Caymen is poor. Her father abandoned her mother when he learned she was pregnant. Her mother’s parents disowned her so Caymen doesn’t know them. She only has her mother.
So everything is separating her from Xander. But she kind of appreciates him. And he is stubborn. He manages to make her accept his presence.

I really like this story. It’s cute, and there’s more than just a complicated romance. Caymen is starting to hide things from her mother. And her mother is doing the same. This book shows how honesty is important in any relationship. Their mutual lies are keeping them away.

Characters :
– Caymen is like the perfect daughter until she meets Xander : honest, loyal. Her relationship with isn’t rely healthy in the beginning.
– Xander is the perfect gentleman. He deeply cares for Caymen. He is rich, but isn’t acting like a spoiled child at all.
– Skye is a great best friend. Always there when needed.
– Mason could have been the perfect match for Caymen, if it weren’t for Xander. He is nice, cool and is from her world, the mundane’s world.

There are a few things that I didn’t really like :
First, the “toilet paper” scene that totally seemed out of the blue. It felt like the author needed a reason for the girls to be at Xander’s house. The scene inside the house I really liked, let’s be clear. It was a great moment.
Secondly, I wished we had more informations about Skye, and Toad. I know that they aren’t the main characters, but it would have added some depth to the story, in my opinion.

4 stars

Well, that’s all folks ! I highly recommend this book if you want a cute contemporary read ! It’s quickly read and really adorable !

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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.”