The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West
Available May 2015
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
When Gia got dumped by her boyfriend at her prom she thought that that was the end. She was going to her prom alone and now her friends would never believe she existed. Gia has a big frenemy problem, a newer girl to the group has been undermining her at every opportunity. So when she sees a guy waiting in the parking lot not going in she takes a leap and asks him to fill in.
When Fill-in Bradley gives her a public breakup and leaves she can’t stop thinking about him. When she’s given the chance to return the favor she’s happy to see him again. As they get to know each other again she can’t help but start to care about him. She can’t seem to come clean to her friends since she expects them to reject her. So she keeps trying until she’s put on the spot and has to make a choice.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt so bad for Gia that she had those issues with her friends, that she didn’t have people she could trust. But I loved the new friendships she was making, they were so much better for her and more likeable. I loved them and couldn’t help but want things to work out for them.
If you enjoy books where our main characters bungle their tricky situations and somehow find their way to something better then you’ll enjoy this one.