The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Paperback | May 5, 2015

byKasie West

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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

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.

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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.The problem is that days after prom, she can...

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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 ...

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006233638X

ISBN - 13:9780062336385

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable; perfect for a summer read. This past summer I found myself in the mood to read something light, fluffy, yet fun and slightly swoony. I was wary about picking up a YA contemporary because the last one I'd read let me down and was less than enjoyable, but thankfully Kasie West did not disappoint. Gia, the MC, is pretty much somebody I wasn't in high school, and the type of girl I didn't hang out with. Usually it's difficult to read books in the POV of characters like this because you just don't want to sympathize with them (wah wah I'm popular, class president, but I feel so lonely~~), but I didn't mind Gia that much because she was self aware and did have her insecurities which made her more endearing than her group of friends. Then there's the whole thing with her brother--the type of pretentious jerk I want to punch in the face. Re: the whole documentary and ppl being plugged to their phones and constantly seeking validation on social media. I really appreciated the author touching on this issue/sensation. This book was released in 2015 and likely written in 2014, so instagram and twitter have only magnified, but it was still a super accurate depiction on the attitudes of people (both sides; people who use IG/twitter and ppl who judge those who use IG/twitter). Hayden was A+. I don't entirely know that he and Gia were a good match for each other--one that would realistically last--but I enjoyed reading their exchanges, and they were cute. I mean THE ENTIRE IDEA OF FAKE BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS... you know how that's gonna end. And it's a plot that has been done before in movies, dramas, etc... but it's still one that works and one that I'll probably keep reading. I really like that the book ended with Gia and her group of friends not making up. Though sad, it's realistic, tbh, especially for teenagers. This book hit the spot, and I'm glad for it because it doesn't mean I'm totally turned off from YA contemporary. The story was fluffy and the ending was predictable... but that doesn't even matter because it's the journey there and all that. The book also contained some deeper themes and commentary about our society today. Plus Gia and Hayden were cute, and thankfully didn't want to make me roll my eyes (ahem Isla and Josh, ugh I'm sorry I'll never get over it). This marks the second of Kasie West's contemporaries that I've read, and so far she's 2/2. I look forward to reading her 2014 book that's been sitting on my shelf (On the Fence), and the book she just released this past summer (PS. I Like You).
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Summer Read A really interesting and fun read. At first when I saw this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. It sounds really interesting, but at the same time I'm really nervous about what is going to happen to her when her friends found out the truth. But because my curiously won't let me stop wondering, I decided to read this book anyways. And let me just say that I did not regret reading it. It was a really fun read. Gia is just such an interesting and amazing person, and Herdly was just such a sweet and fun person. Really glad that I read this book after all.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute! I love all of Kasie West's books! This was actually her first book I read and this is what made me go out and buy all the other ones! Such a cute story! I love the moment when she finds out Fill-in-Bradley's name! Ahhh quite worth the read!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, summer romance If you're looking for a light, cute, contemporary book, this is it. The story was fun and very easy to read. It wasn't anything too special, but I would say it made my expectation as my guilty pleasure. The funny thing was that I liked the story, but hated all the characters. They were all just flat and unmemorable. Overall, it was lovey-dovey cute book.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can your nose grow from a white lie? Gia gets dumped by her boyfriend, right out in the parking lot on the night of her high school prom. She has a friend who already doubted she was dating a college boy - so she grabs the only boy in the lot. After some begging, he agrees to help her with her problem. Hayden AKA "Fill-In for Bradley", is happy to help her. They hit it off quick, and he helps her solve the issue on prom night. He also has ex problems of his own. To pay him back, Gia goes to a party with him to show his ex-girlfriend and ex-best friend he has moved on. Gia is swarmed with thoughts of Hayden and soon forgets about Bradley the dumper. They decide to be friends. Gia is also getting to be friends with Hayden's sister, who attends the same high school. Hayden is better boyfriend material than Bradley ever was. Gia is torn with what to do as time goes on and her friends hound her for more information about what happened the night of the prom. Can a white lie turn into a red hot nuclear event? How can she turn it around? I loved every single chapter in this book! I was a little too excited at times - yelling at the characters in the book as I was reading along. This is a book you want to read when you have time to not have to put it down. It gives you the feels, makes you laugh, makes you cry and share with friends.
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Freakin' yes! I lost count of the amount of times that came out of my mouth well reading The Fill-In Boyfriend. West is easily a favourite author of mine. Especially The Distance Between Us. Absolutely one of my favourite YA contemps. Unfortunately her last book On the Fence was missing some of the things I love in my West books. So you can imagine how happy I was to close The Fill-In Boyfriend with a smile and total contentment. Gia's older boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot as they're about to go into her prom. Gia isn't actually that upset over losing Bradley, she's worried about what her friends are going to say. They've yet to meet Bradley, and Gia is pretty sure they don't even believe she's dating him. Gia spots a guy sitting in his car watching this ordeal go down. Which she thinks is perfect. She'll flash him a smile and there's no way he'll turn her down to come inside with her and pretend to be fill-in Bradley for the night. Talk about a meet cute. Of course it's never that easy, the night kind of gets out of control with all the lying. And from there Gia finds herself making friends with fill-in Bradley and his sister. Actually finding herself in more than like with fill-in Bradley. Which leads to her realize that maybe her "real" friends aren't exactly that. Gia is the popular girl. She's a total opposite personality to me. She immediately comes off as very shallow. All about appearance. But Gia pulled off the meet cute with fill-in Bradley in a pretty hilarious way. So I was sold on her. Gia definitely has her moments, she was hiding her real self. Gia is about control and keeping up appearances. Was a sweet naiive girl with some growing up to do. As soon as fill-in Bradley and Bek fall into her life and start to pull her out her shell. You know, drops those layers. Gia is a pretty cool girl. She's sweet and caring. Gia really just needed to realize her worth. Gia's parents seem to be all about the show no emotion. Which Gia has clearly rubbed off on her. She can't believe how out spoken her brother is to their parents. Why wouldn't he keep his mouth shut. Gia also doesn't like confrontation. But after Gia sees her brothers movie he made for his college course, a movie that is highly insulting and inconsiderate towards Gia, she finally gets some balls and lets her feelings out. To her brother and than subsequently her parents. Sure you gotta respect your parents, but when it's hindering your happiness, than good for Gia for telling them off. We actually don't learn fill-in Bradley's name for almost 100 pages. The build-up and anticipation towards that moment was intense. Seriously I was right there with Gia thinking, "WHAT IS YOUR NAME?!" So of course I'm not going to spoil that. I'll just stick with calling him fill-in Bradley. He's totally my kind of guy. Fill-in Bradley is a super geeky actor who can pull a smolder out of nowhere well wearing t-shirts with Firefly references. When he's acting he's this sure confident guy. But when you get his real self fill-in Bradley is so funny, kind and just plain adorable. There was no head games. Just normal teenage mis-communication. Gia and fill-in Bradley are one of those make you sick because they're super cute together couples. Totally loved it. Very sweet and so much perfect banter. Definitely my favourite part of the book is Gia and fill-Bradley's conversations. Actually his families too. I loved the progression of Gia and Bek's friendship too. It may have been unexpected but I totally shipped their friendship as much as the romance. Like with all of West's books the supporting cast read like real people. They have full personalities. You love some, hate some and sometimes you want to just jump into the book and steal Gia's life. West portrays friendships, especially high school friendships, very realistically. The conversations and dialogue are so real and on point on. Also the focus on how you measure yourself by your friends was spot on. Fill-in Bradley talks about how because of his rotten choice in friends does that say something about him as a person. It's a good discussion point. Ultimately people change or just aren't who you thought they were. So how does one deal with it? Perfect book is perfect. The only thing holding me back from giving The Fill-In Boyfriend a 5* was the big confrontation. When Gia's lies are uncovered. It was a little rushed and all over the place. Characters were talking over each other, which lead to nothing really being said. Jules, Laney and Claire just kind of walk out being pissed off. Which okay, they would be. But the whole thing with Jules was brushed over. So that scene was lacking. A few more pages added in to just realistically confront the lies would have been much more appreciated for me. The Fill-In Boyfriend is an excellent lazy Sunday afternoon read. It's light, quick and fun. With so much great banter filled moments that I started it and there was no way I was putting it down until I was done. I was fully invested in Gia's life. I couldn't wait until her and fill-in Bradley finally got to that aww moment. Or when she finally stood up to her family. Gia was a really solid character that proves that sometimes you really do need that person(people) to come into your life and say be yourself, do what you want to do. Another book to add to my re-read list.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute & Sweet YA Romance With prom season right around the corner, Kasie West's The Fill-In Boyfriend is definitely a contemporary romance novel to add to your TBR list. When Gia's boyfriend Bradley breaks up with her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she panics. For months, Gia has been talking has been talking about her older college boyfriend to her best friends, but since they've never met him, they don't even believe he exists! A cute guy still lingering in his car after dropping off his younger sister to prom is the answer to her problems. Gia convinces him to pretend to be Bradley for the night so her friends—especially her frenemy Jules—don't have the satisfaction of believing they were right. But when prom night ends, Gia finds herself thinking about Fill-In Bradley and wishing she knew more about him. Although he's not the athletic kind of guy Gia normally finds herself attracted to, he came through for her when she really needed it. And when his sister Bec approaches her to call in the favour she owes him, Gia agrees to pretend to be his date to his ex-girlfriend's graduation party. But Jules is growing suspicious of Fill-In Bradley, and as the lies catch up to Gia, she begins to learn what friendship and family truly mean. There's some drama and angst, but for the most part, The Fill-In Boyfriend is a light contemporary read. As Gia begins to fall for Fill-In Bradley and befriends Bec, who's standoffish with her at first, she also discovers something important about herself, too. She's used to holding her emotions inside and pretending her world is perfect, but Fill-In Bradley and Bec encourage her to be more expressive and unafraid to make mistakes. I still wish there was more of an explanation for why Jules acted mean towards Gia and stirred up trouble though. I mean, it was obvious that part of it was due to jealousy, but Jules' reasoning at the end was kind of weak. And I wish there was more closure between Gia and her best friends during the fallout of her lies being exposed. The Fill-In Boyfriend was really cute and sweet, but I don't think it hit me in the feels in quite the same way as The Distance Between Us or On the Fence. Maybe it's because I'm just not as interested reading about popular girls and high school hierarchy? Despite not falling in love with The Fill-In Boyfriend as much as I'd hoped, Kasie West's latest YA book was still very much an entertaining summer read. The pages seemed to fly by and I was already finished within a couple hours!
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cute Gia’s visions of the perfect prom go up in smoke when her boyfriend Bradley dumps her in the parking lot of the school. She’s been talking him up to her friends for months and they were finally going to see that yes, he does exist. Gia’s desperate so she enlists the help of a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister. Be her fake boyfriend for two hours and she’ll owe him. She can deal with Bradley later. But it’s not Bradley she’s thinking of the next day. When mystery date’s sister enlists Gia to return the favor, be a fake girlfriend for a graduation party, Gia finds herself falling for this boy. Maybe what started out as fake could turn into something real. This turned out to be a quick and fun book to read. It was light and had that summer read feel to it. It was the type of book that made me wish for hot sun because reading it outside would have been so perfect. I wasn’t sure about Gia at first but she turned into a character I really grew to like. She was pretty shallow and self-absorbed at the beginning and even though Bradley pulled a jerk move right before prom, I could kind of understand why he did it. It seemed like their relationship was more about Gia and having a boyfriend than actually being in love. Gia grew throughout the book the more she started interacting with people beyond her narrow group of friends. It was like she was outgrowing their friendship and the antics that came with it. It was nice to see the growth, but also a little painful for her since she’d been friends with a couple of the girls for so long. By the end, I really liked the person Gia turned out to be. Fill-In Boyfriend, or F-IB(read the book to find out his name:)), was a really sweet guy and I loved the dynamic of his family life. Their closeness was a sharp contrast to Gia’s own home life where no one ever really talked beyond the surface of their feelings. He was really caring and a bit geeky and I just adored him. Can he be real? I also really liked his sister Bec and the developing friendship between her and Gia was so great to see. The book said a lot about getting your self-worth from your friends, real life friends and online friends. It was great to see Gia growing out of that and finding out who she wanted to be as a person instead of being someone she wasn’t just because her friends approved. Even in such a light read it still managed to bring up that important issue and use it for character growth. The whole style of the book was that familiar Kasie West feeling that I love. Great characters with growth arcs, interesting family dynamics, humor, slow romance. I couldn’t put it down. The plot moved along so it never felt slow and I didn’t care that I knew what was going to happen because I was having so much fun reading it. I did connect less with Gia than I did with Charlie from On the Fence but Charlie was a lot more like me than Gia was. She was still a great character though and it was a nice read.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! Ahh I could just hug this book forever! Kasie West does it again. Her writing, her words are flawless. I couldn't devour this book fast enough. The Fill-In Boyfriend was everything I wanted. With dynamic characters, beautiful character growth, a delicious romance and heart-pounding moments of anticipation, I couldn't have asked for more! Maybe just a little more kissing ;) From the beginning, I loved Gia. She was confident, self-assured but not in a cocky way. As part of the popular crowd, she had the potential to be awful but she wasn't. Even when she was accused of being mean, I could tell it wasn't intentional. I would call her guilty by association (she doesn't stop her friends from laughing at someone). After meeting Fill-In Bradley she starts to really see herself, her family, her friends and how her way of doing things affected others. I absolutely loved her character growth! Especially with how Fill-In Bradley made her realize the power of letting someone in. Truly heartfelt. Fill-In Bradley was nothing short of sweet. I don't want to give away his name because Gia plays a cute little game with him to guess it. I think that part will be much more enjoyable if you don't know his name yet. Fill-In Bradley's gentle nature got him involved with Gia and slowly, he came to really care for her. When the 'misunderstanding' happened, I sympathized with his confusion over who to believe. Given his past experience, no one could really blame him but my feelings were slightly crushed because he really hurt Gia's feelings. Then again, he also scored major points in my book when he went after Gia. The effort he put into finding her. The GPS text he sent her. Gahh all the swoons~~!!! Gia's friends really bothered me. What Jules did was no better than Gia lying. I really wanted to throw Jules's words right back at her. Why is it that Gia needed to apologize but Jules got to get away with it? I really hope I'm not the only one feeling this way. I love the friendship Gia strikes up with Bec, Fill-In Bradley's sister. It was so genuine with the slow build from dislike to fondness. Bec was truly devious but fiercely protective of her brother and loyal to her friends and later on, Gia. I adored Fill-In Bradley rapport with his family! They're so openly affectionate towards each other it's wonderful to see them together. Gia's family, on the other hand, appears perfect on the outside but once you get in closer, you can see the cracks. Her crappy brother, Drew was the worst. His project had impact but he definitely went about the wrong way of showing it. Social media platforms hold power because "Words are powerful." (ARC, p.24). His words hurt Gia the most. I'm thankful there wasn't a love triangle because Bradley had the potential to make things complicated. Aside from having left Gia in the parking lot at her prom, he wasn't very important. Hooray! No offense to him but he really wasn't needed. For me, he existed only to bring Gia and Fill-In Bradley together~ I was sad when I finished this book. Sad that I have no idea how long I have to wait for another Kasie West book. I can never get enough! I highly recommend The Fill-In Boyfriend and anything Kasie West writes. They're worth every second of your time so don't wait!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-12