The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

byKasie West

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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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.

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.
Title:The Fill-In BoyfriendFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006233638X

ISBN - 13:9780062336385


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Only took forever, but I'm finally getting around to catching up on Kasie West's books. This was cute but it'll probably be forgettable soon. I appreciated the growth that Gia went through over the course of the story and the fact that she learned who was and wasn't good to have around. God, 90% of the people in this are total trash.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! This book is absolutely amazing. I couldn't put this book down! Totally worth the read
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love! This was my first time reading a Kasie West novel, and I was not disappointed. I loved it so much, I ended up rushing back to the Indigo website to order the rest of her published work (yes, all of it). I'm usually not one to root for the "dumb blonde" but West created Gia's character in a way that you not only root for her, but you can somehow relate to her as well.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the Story! This book was a great quick read. I really liked Kasie West's writing style, and the character's she created were relatable and real. The story was adorable, I love the concept of this book. Have a guy fake being your boyfriend for one night, and the chaos that ensues. Highly recommended. :)
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute! I thought that this book was such a cute, short read! I love West's writing style!
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's ok I've read a lot of Kasie West's books and this is one that I didn't enjoy that much. The book wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as her other stories. I kind of got bored halfway through because the plot wasn't that interesting.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it This is my 3rd Kasie West book that I have read, and I think it was my least favourite. I did like the book, but I couldn't connect with the main characters and I felt Gia was always complaining. I also thought Hayden was annoying sometimes, I loved him in the beginning but as the book went on he was just annoying. I found the drama Gia had wasn't really drama. She kept complaining about lying to her friends, and how she felt bad but she kept lying. She finally decided to come clean when she got caught. I just had a hard time loving this book, it wasn't very realistic to me.. I loved Gia and Hayden's chemistry they were perfect for each other. Their conversations were hilarious especially the 20 questions game. My favourite character in the book was probably Hayden's sister Bec, her conversations and attitude towards Gia was so funny. Overall, the book was good but nothing amazing. On the Fence is still my favourite, of the 3 that I've read. I will be reading By Your Side soon as well, and I hope I love that one.#plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best I love Kasie West's books but this was my least favorite. Way too cheesy!!!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book Gia and her FIB have the best interactions. They're so much fun and watching Gia going through more and more elaborate things to keep her secret was too entertaining. Kind of a bittersweet ending with her friend but it could have been worse?
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I looked this book so much! My favourite book so far!!!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't get through it... I guess you could say that the book was fine. I had some trouble going through it because it was intriguing in the beginning. However, when I immersed myself deeper into it, there wasn't much of an interesting plot. You could say it was just huge filler until the end, which was pretty obvious. If you like a cheesy romance, go for it. Maybe you can enjoy it more than I would have. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book it was a really good read and honestly made my heart melt
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, But Romantic I picked this up anticipating a quick, fluffy contemporary romance. This book did have that - in spades - but it also surprised me by how deep it was. Gia's character showed immense development over the course of the novel. Beginning as a shallow "mean girl" who couldn't tell you the name of the girl who sits ahead of her in class, Gia learns valuable lessons and shows improvement in her relationships, both with her friends and with her family. While it did pack an emotional punch, this book is sweet and romantic, perfect for when you're looking for a fast, easy read.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I checked this book out of my school library to do for my book report on January 8th and I loved it. I have read other books by Kasie West before and so far, I think that this book might be my favorite one yet. I really like Kasie West's style of writing. I would recommend this book to people that like suspense and romance. I would say that my favorite character in the book is Bec because she is really smart and cool. The book focuses on a High School senior girl named Gia who is also the president of the student council. Anyway, I loved this book and I hope that other people do too.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It’s sweet. Could’ve been written better but still lived it.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars All Around Everything about this book just gives the good feels expected from a contemporary book. I will continue to buy everything Kasie West puts out. Must Read for sure!!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book and author are awesome This book is for sure worth my time and money. I thought this book would be cheesy but it proved me wrong
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice standard contemporary I was expecting this to be a nice light contemporary read and it was all that and more! The characters I didn't love at first glance but they grew on me. Love some of the themes discussed, good coming of age story
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 100% Predictable, But Cute This book is hardly earth-shattering, and so predictable you can practically describe the plot without needing to read it first, but it's still one of those cute, feel-good stories that are the perfect pick-me-up or the ideal solution to a reading slump. Romance fans will eat it up.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Light Read I found this book a little predictable but still worth the read. A cute love story for an easy read with great characters and an enjoyable plot. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Author This is the second Kasie West book that I have read. And I loved it. I had a very hard time putting it down. I'm for sure going to read more of her books in the future.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading Absolutely loved this story! Couldn't put it down and stop reading.. Probably why it accidentally got wet, but however damaged it may be it's still in reading shape and I'm definitely gonna be picking it up again.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from West's Books Are My Guilty Pleasures *4.5 star rating* When one first reads the summary of Kasie West's The Fill-In Boyfriend, you would think that it is the cheesiest book ever and it can totally be a chick-lit film. But, if you're a good soul and decide to pick it up because hey—why not, you'll discover that this book is one of a kind. THIS BOOK IS THE BEST. It's heart-wrenching, ABSOLUTELY adorable, and gives you all of the staticky emotions. You feel like you don't even know where you stand because it just formulates emotions that are all over the place. Even though a story like this (with a fill-in boyfriend and love at first sight) is nearly impossible, I must say that it is a gem—a good find that will warm your heart on a depressing, rainy day. What I loved most about West's writing in this case is the fact that Gia, our protagonist, is so damn confident. She has a personality that teenage protagonists rarely have in fiction these days. Although she was completely boy-crazy and obsessive, we later discover that she herself has her own issues that she is hiding from the outward view. The romance was even better and I appreciated this story so much - it's the kind of story that makes you want to believe in love, at the same time as having a cup of coffee by your side. The Fill-In Boyfriend had a fast-paced plot and characters who I will never forget because of the wacky storyline. It does seem completely odd and out of reach—yes—but IT WAS TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL. Read this gorgeous story—NOW.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good read. Really enjoyed this novel, it has a good ending too.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fill in boyfriend One of the exceptional book I have read
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheesy but good This is a fun summer read! Fans of "to All the Boys Ive Ever Loved" will like this!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Fvaourites! I first bought this book because I needed one more book to qualify for a deal. But when I read the book I absolutely fell in love with it and the author. I am not hooked on her books and can't wait for more!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Read This was a really quick and light read. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute This was a cute story. I really like that Kasie West's books have slow building love stories. It always takes a big portion of the book for something lovey to really happen, and it's great. if you're looking for something fun and cute, you should pick this up.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute I'm used to Kasie West contemporaries being overly fluffy and somewhat inconsequential. I knew what I was getting into, and I was looking forwards to some easy teenage love and mild angst. That said, this one reached just that little bit deeper into honest emotion, so I ended up enjoying it more than I had the others. Maybe I just found it more relatable. Either way, I enjoyed it, and even if it wasn't anything super intellectually challenging, it still had a lot of heart.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome read the story is very relatable. i love this so much
Date published: 2016-12-12
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