Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

thefillinbfTitle: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 5th May 2015
Pages: 344
Read it in: 3 Hours!
Source: From Amazon

Synopsis: Goodreads

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.

My Review:

I did not intend to like this novel as much I did. Contemporary novels are not usually what I choose to read. But for whatever reason, I really wanted to pick this one up and read it. I am so glad that I did. I loved Gia’s character, she changed over the novel and it was great to see. Unlike my usual opinion, I even liked the sassyness and ‘I get my way’-attitude she had the start of the novel. I just felt that her character wasn’t fake, in the sense that she could easily be at a high school, truly believing that the most important thing is stopping a girl from stealing her friends from her.

Let’s talk about FIB (Fill-In Bradley)! Gia doesn’t know his name for a good portion of the book which adds to the humor of this bizarre situation that she has found herself in. And his situation is also just too perfect! He gets roped into being Gia’s fake boyfriend and then his sister ropes Gia into helping her keep her brother in check. I just loved every moment in this book.

I appreciate the fact that this novel also has a realistic ending. Nothing is set in stone with this relationship, and yet it gives you a lot of hope for them. So the ending really worked with the book.



I did not know I liked the Fake Relationship trope, but I do think I’m a fan! So I need more recommendations! Overall I’m new to Kasie West’s work and I think I’m a fan! I can’t wait to try some more of her books!


““My preference is simple—you.”” – FIB (swoooooon!)


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