The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West| Book Review


Published: May 5th 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.

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, romance, contemporary

Page Count: 352

Format: E-book

ISBN: 0062336398

Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book finished in a day

Hey there! I should’ve posted this review (along with, like, 8 more) way before, but for some reason I haven’t been able to write good reviews the past weeks. Hopefully this is passable. 🙂

The Fill-In Boyfriend was an amazing contemporary read. It was, without a doubt, fun, enjoyable and hooking, while being based on a plot of being superficial and a girl fight, basically.

Quick Summary

Gia, the main character, just had her boyfriend break-up with her. On prom night, no less. The biggest problem with the break-up is that Gia’s friends will see her dateless. Jules, a girl in Gia’s friends group, is constantly trying to out Gia, beat her somehow, and thinks Gia was lying about her boyfriend. Not wanting to lose her friends’ friendship, Gia brings in a fill-in boyfriend, who acts as if Bradley. As Gia starts to care about fill-in Bradley, Gia’s lies and friendships all threaten to come apart.


Ah, the plot. It’s just so sweet! I’ve read a few reviews where readers found the plot petty and superficial, but I have to say, while the plot’s idea IS pretty superficial and petty, I found it refreshing and an interesting plot. For me, it matters not what kind of plot it is, what the author did with that plot matters. And yes, the plot’s idea can seem like it’s ridiculous, but it’s not. It deals with subjects that we actually face in school ourselves; does cliques and social butterfly mean anything to you? All in all, the plot incorporates high school life with a sweet, slow romance, and Kasie West pulled it off perfectly.


I loved how Kasie portrayed such realistic characters! I really liked Gia, and while I felt like smacking her at times, overall she was a pretty good protagonist. Sure, I was annoyed with her at times, but it was interesting to watch her learn from her mistakes and fix them. Not to mention read about her interactions with other characters, specifically fill-in boyfriend’s sister. Who I loved, by the way. She reminds me a lot of Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, actually, which might explain it. Both characters were stubborn, and did not take no for an answer. 😀 Gia’s friends I also liked, actually. There were just so many different characters, and I loved watching them all through Gia’s eyes.

Also, the romance was just SO CUTE!!!! I found myself smiling at Gia’s and fill-in boyfriend’s banter, and watching Gia slowly fall in love was AWWWW!!!

Writing Style

I really enjoyed the writing style as well! There was just something about Kasie West’s writing style that I just loved! It was light, and I don’t know, just was as if Gia herself was speaking to me. For readers who read this book, tell me, am I just imagining it, or did you feel that way too? Either way, the writing style was quite enjoyable; fun, quirky and light, perfect for the story.


I definitely recommend this book if you like contemporary. If you want a sweet, light and fun romance, this is definitely the book for you! It’s a super easy read, and just keeps you hooked. (Hence the finishing in one day thing…) ❤ If you’re into more heavier, fast-paced stuff, then maybe this might not be the best book for you, but it’s an amazing book, so if you want to try it out, go for it! It’s worth the hype.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find any book trailers, so that’s it for this review!

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