the fill-in boyfriend by kasie west
overall rating: 4.25/5 ⭐️
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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.
after finishing p.s. i like you, i had to read more of kasie’s books! i just love love love the characters and relationships that she creates, and her books also make me FEEL. they’re super cute, but they get emotional and i love it. the fill-in boyfriend did not disappoint, and of course i had to read on the fence next (review coming soon!).
the characters in the fill-in boyfriend aren’t all likable. in fact, gia, the main character, is incredibly shallow and superficial, but i love the way she changes. some of the other characters are pretty unique, and they don’t fit stereotypes the way gia and her friends do. the whole cast of characters is really interesting, especially when everything comes together…
the character interactions/relationships are my favorite part of the book. kasie crafts such intricate relationships between the characters, whether it’s romance, friendship, or family, especially in this book, since gia has imperfect relationships in all three aspects. not everything ends perfectly, which i also love—it really shows that life isn’t perfect, but even so, some things turn out to be amazing. the romance in the fill-in boyfriend definitely isn’t insta-love, but i love the way they meet and the way their relationship develops. there are a few clichés, but they didn’t really bother me.
the plot, as with all of kasie’s books, moves quickly, and i love the pacing. although i found this one a little more predictable than p.s. i like you, it’s still enjoyable and just as short and sweet. i definitely would have finished this in one sitting if i had the time, but i still ended up finishing it in one day. the end made me a little emotional, but i love the way the story ends.
i have to admit that the writing isn’t as good as in p.s. i like you, but that just shows that kasie has improved! i feel like the writing in the fill-in boyfriend is a little too simple, but i didn’t mind too much.
overall, the fill-in boyfriend is another short and sweet read from kasie west, and i really loved the emotion in the story!
have you read this? what did you think?