Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

18660447Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352

Format and source: Paperback, Purchased from Fully Booked

Buy it here: Amazon


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.


Gia was likeable as a main character and I liked that she was aware of her flaws and tried to really change them all throughout the book but what really put the icing on the cake for me was Fill-In Bradley (I don’t want to reveal his name!), his sister Bec and even their mom were really great supporting characters and contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the story.

Gia’s friends were annoying at times and I wondered if they could even be considered friends especially Jules, but in the end I realized that they were vital in Gia’s maturation and the change she underwent.


I picked up this book after enjoying The Distance Between Us also by Kasie West and I thought I should give her new contemporary book a try. Coming into this book, my expectations were high especially since I’ve heard nothing but praise about it. I enjoyed it enough, but I realized I had a major problem with the book the more time I spent thinking about the overall cohesiveness of the plot: The conflicts in the story, mainly, that there wasn’t a really solid one. There were too many conflicts going on whether it was the fake boyfriend, the friend crisis or the family problems, Ms. West failed to focus on just one and I found my head spinning from trying to keep up with each predicament Gia found herself in. Heck, even Fill-In Bradley ended up having troubles he had to work through.

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This book was great in terms of serving as a light and fluffy pick-me up especially if you’re trying to escape from the daily grind of school or work. The characters served their purposes well and propelled the story to a great ending and each character whether main or supporting, helped in the development of each other. If you are a fan of Ms. West’s previous works like I am, you might want to give this a try but don’t expect so much. Still, I suggest you give it a try especially since Fill-In Bradley is just too cute!




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