Sometimes you just want to read something light, romantic and fun. But, at the same time, it can’t be surface-y and trite and plot-less. Luckily for me, Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend fits the bill.
Gia Montgomery is taken by surprise. How could her boyfriend of two months break up with her in the parking lot at prom? A college boy who drove from UCLA to be with her, Bradley has yet to meet any of Gia’s friends. And one of those “friends,” Jules, has been loudly voicing her belief that Bradley doesn’t even exist. Jules joined her friend group recently, and Gia has been feeling that Jules is trying to push her out. She has to prove Jules wrong!
Just then, she spots a car with a driver inside. He’s about her age and male. Good enough. He’s just dropped off his sister and her date, and he reluctantly agrees to pretend to be Bradley and take her to prom. The plan is for him to break up with her in front of her friends, and since he doesn’t go to school there, they won’t see each other again. He’s such a great actor that Gia forgets that he isn’t her real boyfriend. How could someone she just met give her such tingly feelings?
All goes according to plan, but Gia can tell that Jules isn’t completely buying it. What’s worse, is all Gia can think about over the weekend is Fill-In Bradley; she doesn’t even know his real name. Luckily for her, his sister sits in front of her in one of her classes. Unluckily for her, Bec hates her. Does she have real feelings for FIB? Then real Bradley has second thoughts about ending it all. And Jules is up to something, and Gia knows it isn’t good. It all seems like an impossible juggling act.
This book could easily fall into being a farce, but the depth and emotions of the story keep it from being comic. The story is about finding the real you and not having to be seen as perfect. That voicing your own (or even having your own!) opinions is normal and natural and not combative. It’s about honesty and what can be lost by lying. And what can be gained by opening up.
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West was published May 5, 2015, by HarperTeen. I actually spent money and bought this book at a bookstore. Imagine that!
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 12 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #20: Read a book with a couple (two people) fully clothed on the front. (2 points)