The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?
Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West's talent shines in this tale of one girl's unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.
"Well worth the read!" By Silver 2 years ago
THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND's tone may be light and fun, but it tackles deep issues about lying and its consequences, and about friendship.
Gia Montgomery got a fill-in boyfriend when her boyfriend broke up with her on prom night. She needed the fill-in boyfriend to prove to her friends that her boyfriend does exist. Or does he? Wow, what a conundrum! Days later, she agreed to be Hayden's (fill-in boyfriend) pretend girlfriend to "protect" him from his ex. There's a lot of lying and pretending going on, and when the truth is out, how will Gia pick herself up from the ashes?
The romance between Gia and Hayden develops at a steady pace and is believable, which includes the resolution of Hayden's past baggage. It is also thrilling as we read and watch these two characters fall for each other. But more than the romance, the story also deals with Gia's friendships with long-time friends Claire and Laney and newcomer-to-their-group Jules, how the pressure of wanting to keep her friends drove her to behavior she would not normally do. I have to say how much I hate Jules and her machinations are so obvious, but then we are seeing her through Gia's eyes. I wish Gia would just decide to kick Jules out of their little group forever. The ending is as I expected, and I wish there could've been some comeuppance for Jules for the evil way she treated Gia, but that would've made the ending too pat and we know real life doesn't work that way.
I love Bec, Hayden's sister. She's a real character, and she comes across as genuine and unique, and she stands out in a way that best friend Claire doesn't.
I guess overall, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND is really Gia's story, of growing up and finding out who she really is or who she wants to be, as well as the friends (new and old) that she wants to keep. Well worth the read!
"So worth the Read!" By Ali Kiki 1 year ago
“The Fill-in Boyfriend” by Kasie West is a great read. I was immersed into the story right away. I got addicted to this story right away. I was very invested in Gia and her story. The story starts out with Gia being dumped right outside of her school where she is supposed to walk into prom with her boyfriend. As Gia cries in the parking lot she sees a guy staring at her from his vehicle. She asks if he would be willing to pretend to be her boyfriend just so that her friends don’t think she is a liar. He agrees to it and that is when everything changes. Now Gia owes this mysterious boy a favor.
I really liked West’s story because I feel like she provided the reader with great characters that were easy to relate too. Gosh, I felt like West was going to rip my heart out a few times though. My heart broke for Gia a lot. It felt like things were going to go good for her and then everything would just fall a part. I couldn’t believe what Gia was going through but I was so proud of her at the same time because she was learning so much. I think Gia grew up a lot in this book and I was so proud of her by the end. I do wish that the ending was a little bit different. Hey,, I reader can’t have everything right?
The writing. Oh goodness. I think West is a great writer. this was such an amazing story and she was able to draw me in as the reader and keep me addicted. I can’t wait to read more of West’s books. I think this novel had a wonderful pace and that the characters were written very well. I really hope that she brings Gia and the gang back because I would love to have a story about Bec. I think Bec would make a great main character. Definitely check out this book because I think it is amazing.
Originally Posted on Dazzled by Books: http://dazzledbybooks.com/2015/09/book-review-the-fill-in-boyfriend-by-kasie-west/