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. – Goodreads
While I’ve never hidden the fact that I love and adore Kasie West’s writing, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. The Fill-In Boyfriend is the story of Gia, a high school senior, who seems to rule the school. Gia has a group of friends, people see her as being a perfect person, but really her life is anything but that. Minutes before senior prom starts, her boyfriend, Bradley, breaks up with her. Because one of her friends was convinced Bradley was fake, Gia cannot walk into prom alone. It would be the end of her world, or her high school universe at least.
Gia ends up asking the guy she finds in the parking lot to be Fill-In-Bradley (or FIB). She knows nothing about him but the fact that he agrees and goes with her. They end up having a “break” up at the prom so that Gia could continue on with her life and everything will be okay! Except it’s not. The girl that sits in front of Gia in government class is FIB sister, and she cannot stop thinking about fake-Bradley. She’s actually thinking about fake Bradley more than she is real Bradley. She actually doesn’t miss real Bradley at all. As much as she tries to see FIB again, his sister won’t assist her and she doesn’t know what to do.
Until, the moment his sister looks at her in government class and goes “I need you” and because Gia owes him a favor, she agrees to be his date to his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party. What Gia doesn’t expect is the sparks to fly and the two of them to become really good friends. The reason I keep calling fake-Bradley, FIB, is the fact there is a really cute scene involving Gia finding out his name, and I wouldn’t want to ruin that.
There is a lot that occurs throughout this novel. There is a plot that involves Gia’s brother, and the fact he does something that is extremely rude. There is her group of friends and how Gia treats them. There is the fact that this is a quiet novel that is very reminiscent of high school.
What I enjoyed more than the relationships in The Fill-In Boyfriend, was the fact that Gia had a lot of growth throughout this novel. From her relationship with the school, to her relationship with her brother, to ultimately her relationship with herself, by the end of the book I was so proud of the person she had become.
Kasie West continues to shine for me and I will read whatever she writes. Mostly because she writes with my tears.