by Kasie West
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Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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)
I've pretty much completely got off track with my October TBR, and decided to start some new audiobooks through my library's website. They have a pretty awesome selection, including quite a few Kasie West books, much to my delight. I've listened to a few of her books before, but found a few I hadn't yet started, and I was thrilled to give The Fill-In Boyfriend a listen!
We meet the main character in the story, Gia, right as her boyfriend of two months is breaking up with her, minutes before going into her prom. But, being the fast thinker that Gia is, she finds a random guy in the parking lot to take his place, and a lie, and the story, is formed. Gia is one of those characters that totally grew on me as the story went along, and I could appreciate watching her character grow as I turned the pages.
The main love interest in the story, Hayden, was definitely one of my favorite characters. Although I wanted to smack him in the head a few times for some of the decisions he made, he was a really sweet guy. And his sister Bec was awesome too, even if she does have some issues to deal with herself as well. If Kasie wanted to write a book for Bec, I would gladly throw all my money at her to have it. *wink*
The storyline for this book was SO CUTE, as all the books I've read so far by Kasie have been, it also touches base on a lot of different issues that teens will be able to relate to. I found the social media addiction that her brother makes a film about to be very interesting, and totally true. (Twitter is my favorite form of social media, although it's basically just me sending my thoughts into the void.)
Overall; The Fill-In Boyfriend is another great book by Kasie West! I enjoyed it so much, and I'm looking forward to more by her soon! (Like, really soon. Like, my next book. Ha!) If you're a fan of contemporary novels, and you haven't already done so, check out a book by Kasie asap!!