Book Review – The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

Playing Pretend at Prom…

The Fill-in BoyfriendGenre:
Y/A, Contemporary, Romance

No. of pages: 352

From 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. 

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This is a light and fuffy read, and I found, completely hilarious. ‘The Fill-in Boyfriend’ has to be one of the best Kasie West novels I’ve read so far (and has encouraged me to purchase her entire catalogue).

Gia is a girl after my own heart – I relate to her. In fact I was a lot like her in High School. And who doesn’t do silly things in their youth to save face in front of their friends? Gia possesses a hint of devil-may-care about her which is at constant war with insecurity. This drives her choices; some idiotic, some marvellous. I think it is also behind why she has never experienced true, gut-wrenching, all-encompassing love. She has always been guarded. I loved getting to see her grow and slowly test all of her preconceived notions – and even some she hadn’t thought of.

The Fill-in Boyfriend Book Review Pic 05 by Casey CarlisleFake Bradley (Hayden) has cemented his place amongst my favourite fictional boyfriends. He crossed everything I have listed on my ideal boyfriend list (yes, I have a list). Tall and bookish with the right mix of compassion and bravado. His younger sister, Bec helps to balance out the cast. Her straight-talk and perception from the fringes of Gia’s world, contrast the passive-aggressive niceness of the ‘in’ crowd.

All of that let ‘The Fill-in Boyfriend’ balance on the line between cheesy and realistic – perfect for a contemporary romance you want to escape with. With a saccharine writing style and a story line which continually drives you forward with its character development, this is a book you can read in one sitting if so desired (I did). As with most in this genre the overall plot is predictable – but the sub-plots were a delight.

Recommended to anyone who enjoys happy endings and meet-cute. Now… I need to find my own Fake Bradley/Hayden….

Overall feeling: tee hee hee… aww!

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